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Become A Computer Aided Design Designer

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Working As A Computer Aided Design Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $69,035

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Aided Design Designer Do

A Computer-Aided Design Designer develops new product designs using different computer-aided design techniques. They prepare routine layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings, and sketches.

How To Become A Computer Aided Design Designer

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.

Education

Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Real Computer Aided Design Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Member of Technical Staff CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 03, 2015 $145,392 -
$189,000
SR. Staff CAD Design Engineer Seagate Us LLC Fremont, CA Dec 21, 2016 $141,000
MTS CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 15, 2013 $133,328 -
$171,000
Senior Member of Technical Staff CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 09, 2016 $133,266 -
$189,000
Senior Hardware/Cad Design Engineer Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 27, 2016 $131,955 -
$140,100
Member of Technical Staff (MTS) CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 07, 2016 $130,562 -
$191,800
CAD Designer/Product Engineer Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jun 15, 2015 $124,800
CAD Designer/Product Engineer Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jun 01, 2015 $124,800
MTS CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 25, 2014 $124,030 -
$183,300
MTS CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Sunnyvale, CA Oct 10, 2014 $124,030 -
$178,900
Member of Technical Staff CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 08, 2013 $121,285 -
$172,500
CAD Designer/Product Engineer Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jan 02, 2016 $120,000
Senior CAD Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Sunnyvale, CA Dec 31, 2014 $89,600 -
$145,600
CAD Design Engineer 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Sunnyvale, CA Sep 20, 2016 $89,500 -
$127,400
CAD Design Engineer 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 13, 2015 $89,313 -
$105,000
CAD Design Engineer 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 22, 2016 $88,946 -
$127,400
Senior CAD Design Engineer Modine Manufacturing Company Racine, WI Nov 07, 2016 $88,504
CAD Design Engineer 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 12, 2015 $87,983 -
$120,300
SR. CAD Design Engineer Modine Manufacturing Company Racine, WI Dec 14, 2015 $87,526
CAD Design Engineer Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Oct 16, 2015 $86,840
Senior Engineer CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Aug 06, 2015 $74,300 -
$97,000
Senior CAD Project Design Analyst, Global Faucets Kohler Company Kohler, WI Mar 23, 2016 $74,250
CAD Designer/Product Engineer Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jul 15, 2015 $74,008
Senior CAD Project Design Analyst Kohler Company Kohler, WI Oct 10, 2014 $72,700
CAD Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Jul 27, 2015 $72,010 -
$115,000
Engineer CAD Design Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 06, 2013 $71,843 -
$79,000
CAD Designer Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2015 $71,344

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Top Skills for A Computer Aided Design Designer

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Top Computer Aided Design Designer Skills

  1. CAD Designer
  2. Auto CAD
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
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  • Sheet Metal Design - Thin gauge Sheet metal design of blanks in Auto CAD using Solid works Logo press.
  • Design layout of an environmentally friendly Sun Shack Building as well as off campus housing.
  • Manage Engineering department job workflow to ensure timely delivery to manufacturing.
  • Conducted design reviews to present product design approach and status to staff and Senior Management.

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