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.

What responsibilities are common for CAD Designer jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for CAD Designer jobs?
  • 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
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

CAD Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,062 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $53K
$83K
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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.

L2
Cad Designer
$53,062/yr
L3
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L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
37%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
7%
8+
9%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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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
Feb 10, 2020

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

Pike Engineering
CAD Designer
Mar 29, 2021

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

CCI SystemsCCI Systems
HFC Designer III
Jan 28, 2022

“My boss is flexible when I have other engagements during the week (i.e.”

RMD KwikformRMD Kwikform
Design Technician
May 1, 2022

“Nice place to work and friendly”

NEC GroupNEC Group
AutoCAD Drafter
Dec 29, 2020

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

TeleconTelecon
CAD Technician
Aug 18, 2021

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

Group DekkoGroup Dekko
CAD Coordinator
Nov 17, 2020

“Good and competitive Salary Provider.”

Continental Structural PlasticsContinental Structural Plastics
CAE Engineer
Apr 25, 2020

“People are nice and friendly.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of CAD designers

The typical day of a CAD designer involves creating technical designs for manufacturing plans. A CAD designer may work closely with manufacturers, both understanding their needs and helping them plan for product designs. They may also make product design adjustments based on manufacturing costs.

Yes, CAD design is a perfect career for creative individuals as it involves using technical devices to create designs. CAD designers are in demand as businesses require technical designers to bring their products to life. This can make it easier to find a job as a CAD designer.

Working as a CAD designer can be stressful at times, as the client expects them to design products that meet their requirements. One of the challenges of the day to day work is that it can require you to make frequent changes, often on a tight timeline. Therefore, project management skills are important when thinking about becoming a CAD designer.

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