Computer aided design (CAD) technicians use computer software to design products and parts for a wide range of industries. Taking maths and IT subjects alongside graphics at school can get you ready for this career.
CAD technicians usually specialise in either 2D design (known as surface modelling) or 3D design (known as solid modelling). The designs that they produce are used in industries such as construction, manufacturing and engineering.
Designing products or parts of products that improve the lives of real people
Solving problems and coming up with solutions using computer software
Working as part of a team to design and build the best possible products
CAD technicians need excellent maths and IT skills to take full advantage of the software used in their jobs. Since many CAD designers work with engineers, knowledge of engineering will also be useful.
Before computer aided design, products such as cars, buildings and machine parts would need to go through several physical prototypes before being made for real. CAD technology saves companies time and money by creating virtual prototypes instead.
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