Re: What's a drafting certificate worth?
We are employing three drafters full time, hired on an internal test and not by degree. I started as a drafter as they wouldn't hire me as an engineer until I proved I knew a thing or two about irrigation.
So, yes, drafting jobs exist with a certification. And if he gets in full time it is enough to pay the bills for a twenty something. I barely supported a family of four for the first year but we managed. Once he gets in someplace he may find that he is more interested in the engineering or design as he starts to learn about it.
Best of luck,
edit to add, I agree with Mike, but I also have two sons 19 and 17 and I got tired of arguing with the 19 year old. Sometimes they have to learn for themselves no matter how much good advice they get.
In fact, if you can saw a penciled line, apply glue, drive nails, and bring a modest measure of patience to the task, you can build and launch a smart and able craft in as few as 40 work hours. You need not be driven by lack of tools, materials, skills, or time to abandon in frustration a project you conceived in a spirit of pleasurable anticipation.