What does a CAD Designer do?

A CAD Designer utilized computer-aided design software to create three-dimensional models of complicated structures for many fields including automotive, manufacturing, product development and host of others. CAD Designers are a crucial part of any design team. They bring all the ideas of the team to life in a digital world. From there actual physical prototypes can be manufactured. Ultimately leading to full-scale production

Experience with the CAD process can be enough to land you a job with some employers, but having a minimum of a 2-year degree in CAD Design will take you further in your career. Some employers prefer a bachelor's or advanced degrees and certifications. Having experience and certification in multiple software systems is a big plus.

  • Attend regular development meetings
  • Address limitations of technologies and materials involved in the CAD process
  • Incorporate feedback into 3D model designs
  • Make revisions to models as requested
  • Run simulations and stress-tests on all 3D models before prototyping
  • Keep up to date on all modern advancement in material and software technologies
  • Pursue ongoing education in the field
  • Utilize large databases of material property information to best select materials for modeling
  • Minimum 2 year degree in related field (preferred)
  • bachelor's or Certifications (preferred)
  • 2+ years experience utilizing CAD software
  • Minimum 2 years working in a professional environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An abundance of patience to see a complicated project to the end
  • Ability to think in a three-dimensional manner
  • Comfortable with sitting for long periods of time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

CAD Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£29,511 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £30K
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CAD Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a CAD Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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CAD Designer Insights

Read what CAD Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Jaguar Land RoverJaguar Land Rover
CAE Analyst
10 Feb 2020

“it is good to start your career and then leave if you want to develop yourself.”

Creditfix (UK)Creditfix (UK)
1 Oct 2019

“Rest of the week was flat and I approached my manager and was totally honest.”

Pike Engineering
CAD Designer
29 Mar 2021

“High turnover rate (80% of my original team was gone when I left).”

Pike CorporationPike Corporation
Cadd Technician
15 Nov 2019

“hands down this was the best work environment that i have ever been apart of.”

K Paul ArchitectK Paul Architect
CAD Technician
22 Sep 2019

“Management didn’t seem fully transparent and made it difficult to trust them which feels uneasy to have to be there 5 days a week.”

NEC GroupNEC Group
AutoCAD Drafter
29 Dec 2020

“Not the best job security because jobs are based on the contracts the company is working on which change time to time.”

CAD Technician
18 Aug 2021

“New CEO (Eric) is actually trying to improve Telecon's standards and quality of work and life balance.”

Continental Structural PlasticsContinental Structural Plastics
CAE Engineer
25 Apr 2020

“People are nice and friendly.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a cad designer

When working as a cad designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CAD Drafting, AutoCAD, Revit, MEP AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to cad designer are:
  • Drafter
  • Cad Engineer
  • Art Manager
  • Graphic Designer

The most common qualifications to become a cad designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.