How to become a CAD technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You could start by doing a higher national diploma or degree that includes computer-aided design work. For example:

  • construction
  • architectural technology
  • product design
  • design engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could train in computer-aided design by taking a college course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Technology
  • Level 2 Certificate in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Design and Draughting
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or construction. The exact apprenticeship you take will depend on your job role but there are several that include computer-aided design work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Career tips

Some colleges may specialise in particular computer-aided design packages, for example:

  • AutoCAD LT
  • Civil 3D
  • SolidWorks
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Revit

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a CAD technician right now.

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Courses In England

Computer Aided Design (CAD) - Level 1 Award

  • Provider: THE WKCIC GROUP
  • Start date: 27 October 2020
  • Location: Haringey

CAD - Computer Aided Design (2D) - Level 2

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 19 January 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

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