Higher Education

Technical Drawing and Engineering Communication, 6th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • David E. Goetsch Northwest Florida State College
  • William S. Chalk
  • Raymond L. Rickman Northwest Florida State College
  • John Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 1428335838  |  ISBN-13: 9781428335837
  • 1040 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2000, 1994
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $244.50
  • Newer Edition Available



Develop the drawing skills you need for a successful career in CAD, drafting, or design with this comprehensive, widely successful book, now in its 6th edition! Technical Drawing and Engineering Communication, 6E offers readers the "total technical drawing experience," with coverage that spans from basic to advanced aspects of engineering and industrial technology. It provides a fundamental exposure to design and visualization for computer modeling, while still presenting thorough coverage of more traditional methods of technical drawing. With revisions that reflect the very latest information on CAD, GIS, the Internet, ISO 9000, and solid modeling, this book is a valuable resource, with applications to various drafting disciplines.

Features and Benefits

  • new, updated photographs ensure readers view the technologies that accurately reflect what they will see on the job.
  • in-depth coverage of mechanical, architectural, and civil drafting is featured, with discipline-specific icons that easily denote the drawing and math problems that pertain to a reader’s specific area of study.
  • modern design practices and standards are examined, with coverage that is updated to the latest ANSI standards.
  • back-of-book CD contains mechanical (CAD) drawing files that are correlated to various exercises and problems in the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Graphic Communication and Technical Drawing.
1. CAD and Technical Drawing.
2. Technical Drawing with Instruments.
3. Manual Lettering, Sketching, and Line Techniques.
4. Geometric Construction.
5. Spatial Visualization and Multiview Drawings.
6. Sectional Views.
7. Auxiliary Views.
8. Descriptive Geometry.
9. Patterns and Developments.
10. Dimensioning and Notation.
11. Solid/3D Modeling: Computational Design and Analysis.
12. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
13. Fasteners.
14. Springs.
15. Cams.
16. Gears.
17. Assembly and Detail Drawings for Design.
18. Pictorial Drawings.
19. Welding.
20. Modern manufacturing: Materials, Processes, and Automation.
21. Drafting Applications, Pipe, Structural, Architectural, Civil Engineering, and GIS.
22. The Design Process.
Appendix A: Tables.


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Instructor Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1428335846 | ISBN-13: 9781428335844)

List Price = $145.95  | CengageBrain Price = $145.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.50

Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1428335854 | ISBN-13: 9781428335851)

Student Supplements

Technical Drawing and Engineering Communication (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1111321752 | ISBN-13: 9781111321758)

List Price = $325.95  | CengageBrain Price = $325.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $244.50

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1428335846 | ISBN-13: 9781428335844)

List Price = $145.95  | CengageBrain Price = $145.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David E. Goetsch

Dr. David Goetsch is a member of the American Management Association, the Florida Association of Community Colleges, and the American Society for Quality. He is a past recipient of the U.S. Secretary of Education's Award for Outstanding Technical Program in the United States and the Outstanding Technical Educator Award in Florida. Dr. Goetsch is currently Vice President and Professor Emeritus at Northwest Florida State College.

Raymond L. Rickman

Ray Rickman is a professor of Drafting and Design and Chair of the Industry and Technology Department at Northwest Florida State College.