Computer-aided design technician

Computer-aided design technicians use computers to design and manufacture buildings and machinery.

What does a computer-aided design technician do?

Computer-aided design (CAD) technicians use software to design and manufacture buildings and machinery. You’ll need to have a flair for industrial design as well as being IT literate. Good numeracy skills are also important.

As a CAD technician, you could work in 2D design, known as surface modelling, and 3D design, known as solid modelling. 

What do I need to do to become a computer-aided design technician?

It's possible to become a CAD technician by completing an apprenticeship. You're likely to need four/five GCSEs (A-C) including maths, English and a science subject.

Alternatively, you can gain CAD skills at college by taking a course in engineering technology or computer-aided design and manufacturing. 

Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Numeracy
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • IT
  • Ability to understand technical plans

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Business studies
  • Design technology

Essential qualifications

  • Apprenticeship
  • Or level 2 qualification in computer-aided design

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You’ll normally work indoors in a small team managed by a design engineer.

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