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CAD Technician

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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:

Pay

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

Starting salaries are usually £17,000 to £20,000 a year, rising with experience to around £27,000 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

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3119
1 %
RISE
2023
3150
  United Kingdom
2018
32681
2.4 %
RISE
2023
33470

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

Tech Partnership
E-mail: info@thetechpartnership.com
Website: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/
Website (2): https://www.thetechpartnership.com/tech-future-careers/
Twitter: @TechPartnership
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techpartnership/

The Tech Partnership took over the work of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for information technology, telecommunications and contact centres.

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