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A computer-aided design technician specialises in taking designs of objects such as engines and buildings drawn on paper and turning them into electronic images on a computer. The skills of such a technician may be utilised in a variety of industries including engineering, manufacturing and construction
Cad technicians often work as part of a team with other engineers and technicians. This means good communication skills are required as the image created has to conform to the specifications of the team leader or chief design engineer
Other skills required for this kind of design work include proficiency in technical drawing, an understanding of manufacturing and construction processes, and excellent attention to detail. Training is available through apprenticeships or a technical college course. Further training is often available on the job. Advancement opportunities include becoming a section or team leader
This type of design is now the norm in many industries and a proficient technician can expect to earn between £30,000 and £35,000 per year.

Description

CAD technicians are required to use computer software to design plans for machinery and buildings for various industries, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, among others. People working with these computer aided design (CAD) software create 2D or surface modeling and 3D or solid modeling projects. The first model is required for flat representations, such as the design of a new vehicle. Solid modeling is required for 3D display of a component, allowing virtual tours.

CAD technicians usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Writing manuals for maintenance.
• Producing detailed drawings.
• Discussing designs with other professionals.
• Making drawings and calculations onscreen.
• Explaining designs to other people.

Skills

• Being able to meet deadlines.
• Having math and IT skills.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having analytical skills.
• Having good communication abilities.
• Being able to visualize in 3 dimensions.
• Being accurate and patient.
• Having understanding of construction methods.
• Having problem solving abilities.
• Being able to work under pressure.

Education

CAD technician job placements in some companies, such as construction or engineering firms, offer apprenticeships for candidates. Requirements for these programmes are GCSE’s in science, engineering, math, technology, design, or any other relevant subject for this area. More information about these apprenticeships is available at the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board website.

There are college courses to gain CAD skills offered by City & Guilds and BTEC including an Award in Computer Aided Design Parametric Modelling Level 1, Certificates and Diplomas in Engineering levels 2 and 3, among other courses.

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