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Computer-aided design (CAD) technicians use software to design buildings, machinery, goods and components.
1. Entry requirements
You'll usually need at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science subject.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You could also take a college course to learn the skills you'll need.
2. Skills required
- excellent maths and IT ability
- problem-solving skills
- presentation skills
3. What you'll do
You'll work in 2D design (surface modelling) or 3D design (solid modelling).
- use software to draw 2D or 3D images of products or parts of a product
- work with engineers to design parts for machinery
- help engineers estimate the cost of a product
You'll usually work in a small team, managed by a design engineer.
Starter: £15,000 to £20,000
Experienced: £22,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: £35,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
You'll work in a design office, working at a CAD design workstation or on a PC.
For construction and engineering design projects you could be based on a building site.
6. 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 work freelance.
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Last updated: 10 September 2018