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:

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


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.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

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