Friday 20 Jul 2018
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American Design Drafting Association


ADDA's Mission....
"Support and Prepare the Design Profession
            to Preserve the Past and Imagine the Future.”

It is with the greatest pleasure that I have been given the opportunity to lead this organization once again as the President and Chief Elected Officer.

Curranty ADDA is getting ready to release our updated examinations.  This will include the Architectural Apprentice and Certified Drafter and the Mechanical Apprentice and Certified Drafter.  We are planning to release the new study guides in January of 2018.

Also we are working with a foreign university developing design drafting curriculum which will be used in all their programs.  A formal announcement will be made when the final details are available.

Keep in mind that Certification, (Professional) or (Curriculum) is a vital part of maintaining individual and school recognition of your ability within our profession.

I want to extend my gratitude to Past President Ron McDonald for leading this organization over the last four years.  ADDA is a solid and sound organization due to his prior leadership.

I am looking forward to my continued support of ADDA and encourage you to be involved at any level you feel fits your ability and time.  We have a place for all who want to be involved.

Floyd McWilliams


Instructors, ADDA is now proud to offer Instructor Certification at three levels of certification: Certified Instructor, Professional Instructpr and Master Instructor.  Each level requires different amounts of experience and education in a specific area of design drafting instruction.  Those areas of instruction are Architectural, Mechanical, General and Digital.  ADDA believes that this will become more important and possibly a requirement as schools, school districts and state departments of education look for industry certification of their instructional staff.  Please check our website for additional information.

Another new program is an Insurance Program offering life, health, professional liability, dental, etc. for our members and sponsors.   ADDA Health Insurance is offered through a partnership with Association Health Programs located in Oak Park Kansas and is a great opportunity for individuals to have or add to existing coverage or companies that want to offer insurance to their employees.  Please check our website for additional information.

The 2016-2017 Drafting Contest Winners will be listed on the website in a few week.  Final judging is being completed.  I always look forward to the contest as it gives me an indication of what is currently being taught and an opportunity to provide positive feedback to the entrants by judging their entries.  I encourage all students from a member school to enter in the coming year. 

The 2016-2017 Poster Contest Winners  are listed on the website.  I always get excited to see the creative ideas which are reflected in the entries.  This years theme is Diversity in Design which is also the theme of TECON 2016 and the 2016 Design Drafting Week.  Thanks to Dennis Schwartz for heading up this progams.  Take the opportunity to view the winning entries

The last information I must convey is Due to Unforeseen Circumstances TECON 2017 has been postponed due to issues beyond our control.  TECON 2018 is in the process of being arranged and will be held in Memphis Tennessee.  The dates for the conference will be announced in May.  We apologize for any inconvencies this may cause.

In closing, I would like to remind all of you, member or non-member, that the ADDA is the only organization that totally supports the drafting/design profession with continuing education for professionals and soon to be professionals within the drafting/design profession.  Check out what ADDA has to offer!

Remember ADDA is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer association.  All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals.  If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me.  Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls.  Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.

Design Drafting Contest Information  
Poster Contest Information