A computer aided design, or CAD, designer's responsibilities revolve around taking blueprints and designs from engineers, and reformatting and representing them in a digital form. Rough product designs, building schematics, or additional product add-ons or modifications are examples of designs and documents that CAD designers are asked to reproduce on computers. In addition to recreating these designs, CAD designers also look over designs to ensure their creator has adhered to safety, quality and efficiency guidelines and other specifications.
The heavy reliance on mechanical engineering for a CAD designer means that an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is necessary, as is previous experience and knowledge of mechanical engineering technology. Knowledge of current engineering practices are critical for the CAD designer to be able to check the work of others and fix it if necessary. A CAD designer must also have extensive experience with computer science and a deep understanding of technology, including the capability to conduct 2D and 3D rendering and modeling with programs such as SolidWorks.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Tasks
- Incorporate engineering change orders into designs.
- Select component parts and materials to be used in designs.
- Design two and three-dimensional drawings of products, assemblies, parts and/or buildings.
- Conduct design layout feasibility studies to solve engineering issues.