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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Overview: These technicians operate computer aided design (CAD) systems to produce final design specifications and drawings for new products. Works as a team member with development engineers, marketing analysts & industrial designers assigned to a specific product.
Duties: They work with development engineers, marketing analysts and product designers. They use computer systems for producing final detailed specifications and drawings.

They enter product design data and measurements into a computer system during early product design stages. Decide what computer commands are needed to produce drawings and specifications.

Review computer results & drawings with design teams during early design stages to determine what changes should be made based on estimated cost, product quality and appearance criteria.

For new exploratory projects, they experiment with computer aided designs to produce a variety of specifications & drawings for consideration by the design team. They write computer programs.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology 
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Computer Programming Track 
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Software Track 
Job Outlook: Employment of computer aided design (CAD) technician is expected to have varied growth through 2018 depending on the industry. Manufacturing is losing jobs while those working in designing bridges, roads, and areas of the infrastructure are growing. Electronics and architecture design will show little or no change.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Employers seek applicants who have an associate degree or a technical institute certificate with a strong background in computer sciences, computer aided drafting and engineering design.
Advancement Info: Computer Aided Design Technicians who gain experience and knowledge may become senior designers. They may develop their skills to the point that they can specialize in one area, such as web site design. Some may gain enough success to open their own business.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.