Your Career as a CAD Technician

Your Career as a CAD Technician

A CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technician uses software to create plans and schematics for construction projects. CAD Technicians work across all engineering, construction and civil engineering projects. Let’s look at what a CAD Technician actually does and how your career as a CAD Technician can develop.

Working as a CAD Technician

CAD Technicians work using industry specific software to create 3D or 2D models for construction projects and also the accompanying documentation. Some of your roles and responsibilities in your career as a CAD Technician would be:

  • Using technology to create initial prototypes, from which clients can give feedback before the final plans are produced
  • Creating 3D models of the plans so engineers and clients can gain a good understanding of the project
  • Using your designs to prepare costing estimates and produce any associated instructions and maintenance documentation
  • Applying numeracy skills to ensure your plans are in line with cost estimates
  • Being comfortable working as part of a close-knit team, with good communication skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

Career Progression

As a CAD Technician, you will conduct the vast majority of your work off-site in an office environment, where you will communicate both in person and in writing with other stakeholders in the development of the construction project. However, there will be a lot of meetings on site too, so you will need to be familiar with those operating in many roles there, such as:


Professional Qualifications

This is a highly technical role, with significant training involved in order to have a successful career as a CAD Technician. A computer design element of a degree in engineering or construction science provides we you with the right background for a career in this industry. The software packages that CAD technicians use are evolving constantly so if you are considering a course in this area, make sure that the course you are considering is using software relevant to the CAD industry. These software packages include AutoCAD LT, Autodesk Architectural, CATIA, PRO/Engineer, Solidworks and many more.


How your Career can Develop

A career in this area, once established, can lead to you working with a leading consultancy in this area, so make sure you focus on learning and keeping abreast of the relevant technologies. There are many more career opportunities available for CAD Technicians, and it is advised to continue to upskill and build your professional network in order to expand your career opportunities as a CAD Technician.