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Computer Aided Design Technicians, CAD technicians or Computer Aided Engineers use CAD software to create plans for buildings, machinery and other engineering projects. CAD Technicians can work in a number of industries including the construction, manufacturing and engineering industries. If you are interested in design and are good at using CAD software such as AutoCAD then this could be the job for you.
The role of a CAD technician
Create 2D representations of new products for design teams
Present these designs and make any required changes
Pass designs onto other engineers so prototypes can be built and tested
Create 3D models of structures or components
These can then be used to create virtual tours of new buildings or allow customers to look inside components
Their designs are often used to estimate the cost of a project or product
There are a number of routes to working in computer aided design. Some people start as an apprentice within an engineering or construction firm, in order to become an apprentice you will need 5 GCSE’s A-C including maths, english and science. Once working as an apprentice you can join an advanced apprenticeship scheme.
Another route is by completing a HND or HNC in a CAD related subject. However, most CAD engineers start as graduates from a degree in computer aided engineering. UCLan run a course you can find out more information here.
To work in this role you must have a good knowledge of engineering design principles, good numeracy and IT skills. Knowledge of the manufacturing process, construction methods and enjoying solving problems are all skills required to work as a CAD engineer.
What you can expect
CAD roles are often office based and a normal 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some site visits may be required depending on your role and the projects you work on.
Junior CAD technicians starting salary is approximately £15,000 to £20,000, with further experience you could earn between £22,000 and £35,000, senior technicians can earn over £35,000. Freelance workers can earn more, however work is less regular.
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