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CAD Modeller

A CAD technician uses computer software to create 2D or 3D design plans for buildings or structural civil engineering projects. This is career that involves creative flair as well as technical skills.

Average salary*

£22000

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£35000


The Role

A CAD technician uses computer software to create 2D or 3D design plans for buildings or structural civil engineering projects. This is career that involves creative flair as well as technical skills.

What they do

CAD (Computer Aided Design) technicians – also known as modellers – work as part of the design team to produce realistic graphic representations of proposed construction projects.

This work can fall into one of two categories:

  • Surface modelling is the modern day equivalent of a 2D drawing, and shows how the project will look through detailed renders and photorealistic representations.
  • Solid modelling takes this a step further and allows projects to be shown in 3D form, making it possible for clients and colleagues to ‘walk through’ a proposed building or structure.

Both are used to gather feedback, assess options and improve the overall end project, making the CAD technician a key player in the overall design process. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Team meetings to assign project responsibilities
  • Working at a CAD workstation to produce 2D or 3D designs
  • Liaising with other team members and colleagues
  • Making sure initial plans are represented as accurately and attractively as possible
  • Taking part in progress meetings
  • Adapting plans based on feedback from others
  • Keeping up to date with software advances

Hours & Salary:

The working week would normally be within standard office working hours, Monday to Friday, but there may be times where you would have to work late, particularly in more senior roles

  • Newly trained CAD technicians can earn in the region of £15,000-£20,000
  • Trained with experience CAD technicians can earn in the region of £22,000-£35,000
  • Senior, chartered or master CAD technicians can earn in the region of £35,000-£50,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


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