MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Career Center engineering and drafting students swept the competition at the Central Ohio Technical College AutoCad Drafting and Design Competition held in Newark on May 4, bringing home three of the top five awards. Brett Kennedy earned the first-place trophy, Johnathan Mundy came in second and Abigail Rogers placed fourth.
Instructor Steve Jefferson said the win was especially exciting as the competition focused on architecture and civil drafting and Kennedy and Mundy have majored in mechanical drafting.
Mundy said the problem the contestants had to solve was a civil engineering challenge to plot out the entire property line and two buildings that were already drawn on an example photo and then create a parking lot based on the information provided. He said the mechanical engineering drafting skills he has learned came in handy.
“It’s helpful because he [Jefferson] teaches skills that are always applied in everything,” said Mundy, “like being able to use your scale factors. You learn to use the AutoCad program itself. When it comes to mechanical, you become very precise with your measurements and your drawings themselves.”
Kennedy said the competition was a little intimidating because there were a lot of contestants. “It was really quiet,” he continued. “It wasn’t hard to concentrate, but you had to wonder about how everyone else was doing and how you were doing among everyone else.”
Rogers is an architectural engineering drafting major. She said she enjoyed the competition.