CAD, Drawing and Architectural Technicians

CAD, drawing and architectural technicians design and prepare technical drawings, plans, maps, charts and similar items and install, operate and maintain 3D printers.


New workers

New workers start around £21,860. Normal pay is £30,692 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47,729.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 46,780 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Installs, maintains and repairs 3D printers and assists in the development of CAM plans and the operation of 3D printers.

  • Arranges for completed drawings to be reproduced for use as working drawings.

  • Prepares detailed drawings, plans, charts or maps that include natural features, desired surface finish, elevations, electrical circuitry and other details as required.

  • Prepares design drawings, plans or sketches using CAD and traditional methods and checks feasibility of construction and compliance with health and safety regulations.

  • Monitors health and safety in design and contributes to design stage risk assessment.

  • Prepares regulatory and statutory applications.

  • Considers the suitability of different materials with regard to the dimensions and weight and calculates the likely fatigue, stresses, tolerances, bonds and threads.

  • Examines design specification and technical information to determine general requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • AutoCAD

  • Autodesk Revit

  • Computer-Aided Design

  • 3D Modeling

  • Building Information Modeling

  • Technical Drawing

  • Project Management

  • SolidWorks (CAD)

  • Engineering Design Process

  • Civil Engineering

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Planning

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Coordinating

  • Self-Motivation

  • Teamwork

  • Microsoft Office

  • Innovation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.