Tom works in computer aided design (CAD). He uses information from architects and engineers to create 3D computer models of structures and buildings. Along the way, he does a lot of programming and coding too.
It was exciting to take an idea I'd had and make it real.
What made you want to become a CAD engineer?
At school, I loved using computers to create and print 3D designs. I've always loved drawing, and CAD let me get my pictures out of my head and into the real world. Although I wanted to be an architect, I didn’t like the idea of studying for seven years to qualify. So I looked for a career in CAD instead, as it still let me work with buildings and produce technical drawings.
How did you become a CAD engineer?
I did an apprenticeship after leaving school and was able to learn all the skills I needed on the job. My employer helped me gain a BTEC before I got a full-time job.
How much could you earn?
Junior CAD technicians, like me, can earn £20,000 - £30,000 a year. Senior CAD draughtsmen could be earning £40,000 or higher.
What are your living arrangements?
Right now, I live with my best friend (who's a kitchen fitter), but I'm saving to buy my first house and hope to move into my own place soon.