In this article, we will take a look at the role of a trainee CAD designer, their job duties and the skills required so that you can think about whether this is the career for you or not.

CAD design is a career which is great for those people who like to tinker about and design things, and there are a variety of fields of employment to choose from. You can be a CAD designer in the field of architecture or engineering for example, and the salary and career path you achieve will depend on the field you go into.  It is a career that usually appeals to people who enjoy problem-solving and drawing.

What do CAD designers actually do?

Whatever field of CAD design you go into, your job role will involve using specialist computer software to generate blueprints, drawings and other design documents for use across a variety of fields. CAD design is used in architecture, construction, engineering, and mechanical design to name but a few and employment as a trainee CAD designer is usually reliant on you having to complete a degree.

Different Fields of Work

As mentioned previously, there is a wide range of fields that a CAD designer can enter, including:

  • Aerospace Design – A CAD designer who works in the aerospace industry would be responsible for creating blueprints and plans for aircraft. They would need, therefore, to take a degree course that specialises in this area, and includes engineering principles and aerospace design as part of the curriculum. Some topics they might cover may include aerodynamics, engineering graphics, and fluid mechanics.
  • Architectural/Construction Engineering – This is the industry that The CAD Room concentrate on, and we help with all phases of structural design and construction. A typical architectural/construction degree program will typically include courses in CAD, engineering drawing, green building techniques, mechanical and electrical systems, and structural drawing.
  • Biomechanical Engineering – This is the path a CAD designer may go down if they have an interest in mechanical engineering and how it can integrate into the medical profession. You may find employment in the fields of medical facilities, performing research or even sports and rehabilitation. If you want to go down this route, then you need to learn about anatomy, biomedical materials, human joint mechanisms and physiology as part of your course.
  • Mechanical Design – If you are interested in working closely with engineers and helping with the design and specifications of drawings then you may decide to pursue a career as a mechanical designer and CAD technician.

If this sounds like the role for you, then why not take a look at our jobs page?  Or get in touch with us today on 0161 427 0348 or by email at for more information.