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CAD technician

Computer-aided design (CAD) technicians use software to design buildings, machinery, goods and components.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £35,000

Employment by 2024

+0.52%

Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • design skills and knowledge
  • maths skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • using 2D or 3D software to produce sketches, schemes, models and detailed drawings
  • checking that drawings meet quality and technical standards
  • finding and fixing inaccuracies or mistakes
  • communicating with engineers, designers and project staff
  • reading and interpreting engineers' drawings
  • doing mathematical calculations to work out angles, weights and costs
  • keeping accurate records of different versions of your design work

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

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 also work freelance.

You can find more details about working and training in computer-aided design through Go Construct and The Institution of Engineering Designers.

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