Computer Aided Design or CAD is a rapidly growing area with opportunities in many different aspects of Civil Engineering. Increasingly complex designs ensure that CAD Engineers continue to enjoy good employment prospects. At Bridgewater Consultancy we work with leading consultancies with outstanding CAD design teams, if you are quick to understand a clients objectives and can recognise challenges and potential issues early in the design phase, our clients want to hear from you.
CAD Engineers use CAD systems to create design plans for construction buildings. CAD engineers are employed in a broad range of disciplines within civil engineering and will be working for local authorities, civil service, water supply and telecommunications.
CAD engineers work specialist software programs such as AutoCAD to produce 3D and 2D designs, known respectively as solid and surface modelling. Solid modelling is the creation of a 3D display of a component or structure which engineers could use to take a ‘virtual tour’ around a proposed building. With surface modelling, you would draw flat representation of a design.
Job Duties of a CAD Engineer
The educational requirements for a CAD engineer are a B-TEC certificate in CAD design, or a certificate in CAD from City & Guilds specialising in 2D and/or 3D design. Having an NVQ Level 3 or EAL (advanced diploma in engineering technology) is advantageous as is a HNC/HND or a foundation degree in construction or civil engineering.
As a CAD engineer you will discuss designs with the engineering team, follow your team leaders instructions for developing a design, work using a specialist computer model designing the item or amending existing detailed diagrams so they are easier to follow. Most of your time will be spent working within a small team with other technicians and engineers, with each member assigned a separate area of a project, and under the supervision of a design engineer. You will be working on any number of individual projects on a day to day basis.
You will have a good grasp of engineering drawing principles and understand the qualities of different materials. You will need to appreciate construction methods, have good communication, numeracy and IT skills, strong problem solving abilities and the desire to come up with practical solutions. CAD engineers also need to have good colour vision and have a good concept of spatial design with the ability to visualise designs in 3D. You will need to be able to convert verbal and written information into 2 dimensional drawings which will then be used on site for construction – accuracy and attention to detail are essential.
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