CAD Operative / CAD Technician
CAD operators and CAD technicians use CAD (computer aided design) packages to produce drawings for construction and manufacturing purpose.
- Following complex instructions and diagrams to create or modify drawings
- Taking verbal direction and implementing into sketches and calculations to produce the final work
- Producing plans, elevations, technical details and building layouts
- Coordinating filing, storage and retrieval of drawings
- Drawing maps, diagrams or plans for construction projects and structures
- Planning and drawing details of bridges, highways and waste water management systems
- Being able to define problems and find solutions for them
- Visiting sites
- Work with architects, engineers, building services and other construction workers in producing plans and drawings.
- Knowledge in using different software packages to convey instructions about materials, technical specifications, assembly procedures, measurements and site requirements.
- CAD operators can be known by other names, such as BIM technician, digital design technician and civil CAD operators, and each have some role-specific duties that they do.
- Accuracy is important for CAD operators, as you need to take lots of complicated and technical information and interpret it into a drawing, with little supervision.
- Newly trained CAD operatives can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience CAD operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £35,000
- Senior, chartered or master CAD operatives can earn in the region of £35,000 - £50,000
Qualifications & TrainingTo gain CAD skills, you can take one of many college courses. These include:
- BCS Certificate in 2D Computer Aided Design (ECDL CAD) Level 2
- BTEC Certificates and Diplomas in Engineering Levels 2 and 3
- BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas in Mechanical, Manufacturing or Civil Engineering Level 3
- City and Guilds Certificate in Computer Aided Design Parametric Modelling Levels 1 to 3
- City and Guilds Certificate in 2D Computer Aided Design (4353) Level 2, and Level 3, which allows you to specialise in 2D or 3D design
- NVQ Performing Engineering Operations Levels 1 and 2
- NVQ Engineering Technical Support Level 3
- EAL Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology Level 3