AutoCAD designer use software programs to create 2D and 3D drawings, which are widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Examples of organizations that employ AutoCAD designers range from construction firms to traditional manufacturing companies to firms operating in the energy industry, among others. A typical day of an AutoCAD designer may vary depending on project requirements. Some typical tasks performed by these professionals include meeting with team members to discuss project needs, creating design drafts and reviewing them with relevant personnel, and updating designs based on team feedback. They also use their knowledge of design to provide information and feedback to team members.
AutoCAD designers can generally expect to work full time in an office environment, typically in small- and medium-sized teams that include engineers, technicians, and managers. Some overtime may be required, such as for time-sensitive projects.
Employers generally require at least an associate’s degree for AutoCAD designer positions, as well as demonstrated proficiency in computer aided design software and satisfactory performance in relevant curriculum. However, some firms may require a bachelor's degree for this position. AutoCAD designers must work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision. They should have good multitasking and communication skills as well.
AutoCAD Designer Tasks
Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
Review engineering drawings prior to the release.
Develop accurate layouts, assembly drawings and details.
Take direction from engineers and executives to research drawings, catalogs and sketches to develop detailed dimensioned AutoCAD drawings.