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CAD Technician

CAD Technician working on CAD drawings with 3D models

A CAD technician uses computer aided design (CAD) software to create design plans for a wide range of products, systems or structures, ranging from oil rigs, buildings or cars to heating systems. The designs are either 2D (surface modelling) or 3D (solid modelling) drawings.

Other titles for the job include CAD draughtsman/woman and engineering draughtsperson.

The Work

You could be:

Sometimes there is overlap between this job and a BIM Technician.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are usually £18,000 to £25,000 a year, rising with experience to around £30,000 a year. Higher earners can make over £40,000 a year. Some employers have bonus schemes for senior staff.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are several ways to enter.

There are jobs in many branches of industry: light and heavy engineering, construction, shipbuilding, broadcasting, telecommunications, local government, the civil service, aerospace, water and electricity supply.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
4872
1.3 %
RISE
2029
4935
  United Kingdom
2024
47273
2.9 %
RISE
2029
48648

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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Career Area

Engineering

Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy