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What does a CAD Operator do?

A CAD (Computer Aided Design) Operator creates design drawings for use on building and construction projects. You’ll use various CAD software to prepare plans and blueprints for a range of projects and you’ll work closely with architects and engineers. CAD Operators may work from given specifications or you might attend building sites to gather required information. You’ll ensure plans meet all relevant building standards and legislation.

A CAD Operator should have excellent attention to detail and strong time management skills. It’s important that you can communicate with clients, colleagues and other project stakeholders. CAD Operators should be skilled in a range of design software and have a strong knowledge of the building industry.

CAD Operator Courses

There are 14 courses available for people who want to become a CAD Operator.

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How much does a CAD Operator earn?

In Australia, a full time CAD Operator generally earns $1,800 per week ($93,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a CAD Operator?

There has been strong growth in employment numbers in this industry over the last five years. There are currently 77,000 people working in this field in Australia and many of them specialise as a CAD Operator. CAD Operators may find work across all regions of Australia, particularly larger towns and cities.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a CAD Operator?

If a career as a CAD Operator interests you, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting. This course will allow you to produce freehand sketches and basic engineering drawings and advance to 3D models using CAD systems. You could also consider an Advanced Diploma of Engineering, an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering or an Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within civil engineering and construction. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.