School of Design and Fabrication Technology

  • Building Maintenance

    Maintenance technicians repair and maintain physical structures of commercial and industrial facilities. Instruction in this program includes basic plumbing, carpentry, electrical, masonry and small engine repair. Students also learn painting, installation of floor tiles, and carpeting. Graduates work as carpenter’s helpers, building maintenance technicians, sanitation technicians, or custodians.


    Carpentry students learn the use of hand tools and the operation of all common woodworking machines. Students also learn the basics of home construction, planning, design, millwork, framework, cost estimates, mathematics, and related drawing. Upon graduation, students have the opportunity to apply to an apprenticeship program or to pursue advanced training through a partnership with the Carpenter’s Union.

    Computer Assisted Drafting and Design

    Computer assisted drafting technicians work with engineers, architects, surveyors, and builders utilizing mechanical design software to produce technical drawings or engineering prints. Students also learn the principles of orthographic projection, and skills needed for technical, architectural, electrical, welding and piping drafting. Students take the Autodesk Certified User Exam their senior year. Graduates may pursue employment or post-secondary education.

    Graphic Design/ Commercial Arts and Illustration

    Graphic Design students learn skills such as layout and design, computer graphics, color theory, typography, photography, composition, image creation and editing. Students use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Graduates of the program work as graphic artists, display workers, illustrators, or paste-up artists for publishers, advertising agencies and communication industries, or pursue post-secondary education.


    Welding students learn blue print reading, metallurgy, electric, oxygen acetylene, manual and automatic oxygen, acetylene cutting, and inert gas welding using both the tungsten and metal inert gas methods. Students build structures and repair broken or cracked parts according to specification. Students take the American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding-Steel Exam their senior year. Graduates enter employment in the trade, begin apprenticeship, or pursue post-secondary training.