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Become A Cadd Technician

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Working As A Cadd Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $49,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Cadd Technician Do At Gannett Fleming, Inc.

* Assists design team in creating plans from concept through final construction drawings
* Creates base drawings using survey information and CADD program(s)
* Verifies accuracy of drawings
* Plots/prints plans, reports, and presentation materials
* Maintains project libraries and CADD standards
* Prepares detail and quantity calculations
* Prepares geometry calculations
* Performs general administrative assistance by maintaining project plans
* Develops project and presentation graphics

What Does A Cadd Technician Do At Amec Foster Wheeler

* All facets of surveying and utility projects including;
* Collection of deed data for boundary surveys
* Establish project control monumentation
* Collection of topographic information for 3d mapping
* Providing construction layout on Wood projects
* Marking utilities
* Vacuum excavation

What Does A Cadd Technician Do At Halff Associates Inc.

Review project design documents prepared by engineer and ensure redlines are incorporated into document drafts Use CAD software to prepare structural plans and details for construction documents Support multiple projects when needed and help ensure timely completion of assignments

What Does A Cadd Technician Do At Kforce

Read and interpret submittals, electrical drawings and riser diagrams

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How To Become A Cadd Technician

Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.


To prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school, prospective civil engineering technicians should take science and math courses, such as chemistry, geometry, and calculus. They should also have basic knowledge of the use of computers.

Employers generally prefer engineering technicians to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by ABET, although a degree is not always required. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Courses at technical or vocational schools may include engineering, design, and computer software. To complete an associate’s degree in, students also usually need to take other courses in liberal arts and the sciences.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. As assistants to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians must be able to help the engineers identify and solve problems to develop infrastructure plans and to help agencies avoid wasting time, effort, and funds.

Decisionmaking skills. Pressures from deadlines mean that technicians must be able to quickly discern which types of information are most important for the work at hand, and which plan of action will help keep the project on schedule.

Math skills. Civil engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. Civil engineering technicians sometimes have to go to jobsites and assess a project for the engineer. Therefore, they must know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer who is overseeing the project.

Problem-solving skills. Like civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help design projects to solve a particular problem. Technicians must be able to understand and work with all the related systems involved in building a project.

Reading skills. Civil engineering technicians carry out plans and designs for projects that a civil engineer has approved. Thus, they must be able to understand all the reports, plans, and documents describing these designs.

Writing skills. Civil engineering technicians often are asked to relay their findings in writing. They must be able to write reports that are well organized and clearly written.

Other Experience

Although an associate’s degree is preferred by most employers, prospective civil engineering technicians may enter the occupation after gaining work experience in a related occupation, particularly as a drafter or CAD operator. A worker who begins as a drafter or CAD operator for an engineering firm may advance to a civil engineering technician position as his or her knowledge of design and construction improves.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not needed to enter this occupation, but it can help technicians advance their careers. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) is one of the primary organizations overseeing certification for civil engineering technicians.

Certification as a technician requires passing an exam and providing documentation, including a work history, recommendations, and, for most programs, supervisor confirmation of specific experience. NICET requires technicians to update their skills and knowledge through a recertification process that encourages continuing professional development.


Civil engineering technicians can advance in their careers by learning to design systems for a variety of projects, such as storm sewers and sanitary systems. It is also useful for civil engineering technicians to become skilled at reading plans and profiles—the graphical depiction of proposed projects.

Civil engineering technicians can also benefit with increasing knowledge of computer systems and application, in particular familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet programs, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

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Real Cadd Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cadd Technician Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oviedo, FL Sep 03, 2008 $46,958
Cadd Technician/Bim Modeler Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Nov 01, 2015 $45,000
Cadd Technician/Bim Modeler Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Sep 18, 2013 $42,000
Cadd Technician Stoa International Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2011 $36,538
Cadd Technician Stoa International Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 08, 2011 $36,538

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Top Skills for A Cadd Technician


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Top Cadd Technician Skills

  1. Cadd Standards
  2. Layout Drawings
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in developing company CADD standards and provided training to utilize new standards.
  • Involved in doing layout drawings from sketches and doing some design work with aspects of engineering that include just civil.
  • Update as-built record CAD drawings for more accurate pipe locating by utility locators.
  • Create & revise Paving, Grading, Storm Sewer, Sanitary Sewer, & Domestic Water Plans for Commercial Site projects.
  • Designed survey plans, profiles, site plans, roadway plans, for new construction.

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