CAD technicianJob Description:
Computer-aided design (CAD) technicians create technical drawings for products used in the engineering, manufacturing and construction industries.Job Category:
What you will do:
You’ll work with architects and design engineers to understand the requirements of their initial designs, and turn them into accurate technical drawings in 2D design (surface modelling) or 3D design (solid modelling).
These drawings will then be used at all stages of a project, from estimating its production costs to creating the blueprints for manufacturing.
- use a range of CAD software programmes to create designs
- speak with architects, designers and engineers to understand their design requirements
- provide accurate, detailed drawings that are to scale
- make sure the drawings are compliant with relevant industry or health and safety standards
You’ll usually work in a small team, managed by a design engineer.
- design skills and knowledge
- maths skills
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
- to be thorough and a high attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking, reasoning & problem-solving skills
- presentation skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to use your initiative (drive)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could start by doing a higher national diploma or degree that includes computer-aided design work, such as:
- architectural technology
- product design
- design engineering
Courses that include a year in industry or a summer internship will give you an opportunity to develop contacts and gain relevant work experience.
You could train in computer-aided design by taking a college course like the following in the UK:
- Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology
- Level 2 or 3 Award in 2D Computer-Aided Design
- Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Design and Draughting
- T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
- T level in Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or construction.
The exact apprenticeship you take will depend on your job role but there are several that include computer-aided design work.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
You’ll work in a design office, working at a CAD design workstation or on a PC.
For construction and engineering design projects you could be based on a building site.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could register with the Engineering Council to get Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.
You could become a team or section leader, project manager or site manager. With further training, you could become a design or software engineer.
You could work freelance.