How to Become A CAD Technician

What does a CAD Technician do?

A CAD Technician uses computer-aided design (CAD) software to create electronic plans and schedules based on the work of architects and engineers for construction and manufacturing projects.

What skills are needed to be a CAD Technician?

  • Proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD) software (AutoCAD, Civil 3D)
  • Collaboration with team members including architects and engineers
  • Expertise in time management and ability to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Specified training from a vocational school, on-the-job training, or an associates degree

What is the pay for a CAD Technician?

According to O*Net OnLine, the median annual salary for Architectural and Civil Drafters is $60,340. It is important to consider that wage varies based on geographic location, education, experience, and type of organization of which you are employed. 17-3011.00 – Architectural and Civil Drafters

Do I have to work full-time as a CAD Technician?

Most CAD Technician positions are full-time and in-office positions, although there are part-time and remote options available.

Who does a CAD Technician work for?

A CAD Technician is typically supervised by an architect or engineer. There can also be CAD Designers or Drafters in the department. The CAD Technician is typically an entry-level position.

How can a VDCI Technology Certificate help me?

A VDCI Technology Certificate will teach you the technical skills requested by employers using CAD software. Throughout the Technology Certificate Program you will develop complex problem solving skills, time management skills, and specific workflows within industry-leading CAD software.


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