Thursday 25 Feb 2021
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American Design Drafting Association


ADDA's Mission....

We have now entered into a new decade that is promising for great changes in our profession.  Over the last two decades we have seen a transition from the beginnings of working drawing being created only be electronic methods to drawings that are now the mainstream of completed drawings and documentation.  We now can create a drawing that can go directly from the computer to the manufacturer.  A construction drawing now contains all the specifications and product documentation.  We can create an interactive object that can be visualized, turned, flipped and rotated.   A building that can be entered and walk from room to room.   Watch the manufacturing process on computer created drawings.  What a change we have seen and it makes me wonder what the future hold over the next decade.

For over seventy years ADDA has been steadfast in our projections and beliefs in the design and drafting processes.  Although the drafting and design process has changed the basis of our drawing still remain the same.  The computer has allowed us to be more efficient in our creation, but the basics and rules of the creation process remain the same.  Those who fill our shoes must be educated and trained in the skills and principles that we the elders of the profession consider the foundation of the career.

Our profession is fortunate that many schools still teach the basics of the creation process and the skills in mathematics and the sciences.  Although computers are the tool of the new generation, our educational and job training processes must be firm in teaching the necessity of the core procedures from which the profession has been developed over the centuries.

The mind is the greatest computer of all.  Once information is entered it can never be removed.  Every additional thing we learn will go directly into a growing archive.  That archive will automatically be accessed for each and every item we design and draw.  The greatest structures and objects on earth were created by imagination, hand skills and physical processes.  These are our gifts and computer is a tool.  Learn the basics, teach the process, use the tools and let your imagination run wild…    

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.

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.

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