Computer aided design (CAD) managers are responsible for all aspects of the design and completion of structural drawings. They are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the final design product is safe in accordance with established structural engineering and design standards. CAD managers lead a team of computer aided designers in the creation of construction designs. They establish initial design specifications, then allow the associates to complete the work under their supervision. They instruct draftsmen in proper procedures, as well as ensure specifications are properly sourced and structural standards are met. As managers, they must encourage efficient, accurate work to keep within their departmental budget. CAD managers serve as the primary contact point between the computer aided design team and the project engineers.
CAD managers work in an office environment during regular business hours, with occasional overtime as project deadlines approach. The bulk of their time is spent updating computer designs and working with the CAD team to review design specifications and ensure quality output. The remainder of their time is spent working with the project engineers and other departments to discuss project specifications and issues that may arise in the design phase.
CAD managers are often required to hold a technical degree or certification in drafting and design. To reach the managerial level, they must have substantial experience, sometimes 10 or more years. A strong track record in using computer aided design software, as well as knowledge of engineering standards, is also required.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Manager Tasks
Lead engineering team and provide support to new and current product design and/or drafting.
Set benchmarks for project progress by coordinating workflow and balancing workload.
Manage and quality control for engineering databases, documentation, and best practices.
Evaluate and choose software updates, additions and improvements for CAD tools.