Computer Aided Design (CAD) jobs are often associated with nothing more than the designing of cars and airplanes. It doesn’t help when AutoCAD seemingly dominates job postings. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either field. Indeed, both careers can offer exciting challenges and really test a designer’s creativity. However, such a specialist job has more to it than just two career paths which is why prospective CAD employees should scour the market for other opportunities.

The thing about CAD jobs is that they are no longer advertised in terms of industry. If you find a CAD job posting, it’s likely that the type of platform will be specified ahead of the industry. Companies want employees who are proficient in one platform because they believe it will be easy to work in another industry using the same platform.

CAD Distinctions
Another thing you may notice about CAD job postings is the fact that they are divided into descriptions such as operator, drafter and technician. Drafting used to be one of the most commonly available CAD jobs but companies have found that they can use interns or outsource and save money. A drafter is responsible for creating technical drawings and plans. It’s an important job because these plans are used by construction companies in order to create a building. A drafter must come up with accurate visual guidelines which give details. This includes materials and procedures used to create the building as well as its dimensions. The work of a drafter then finds its way into the hands of engineers, architects and others.

It would be completely inaccurate to pigeonhole CAD jobs into the auto and aeronautical industries. For example, a CAD technician could have specialties such as electronics and architecture as well as process piping which involves creating the layout of chemical plants, refineries and similar projects. A technician may also be involved in civil engineering projects such as bridges, sewage systems and pipelines. A CAD operator could find himself in the field of construction. The aforementioned CAD drafter might be involved in creating diagrams relating to the layout of power plants. While it is undoubtedly true that CAD jobs in the auto and aeronautical industries are the most dominant, it is a fallacy to suggest that there are few other avenues open to CAD workers.

Remember, employers always look for your CAD software proficiency above all other considerations. If you’re not completely proficient in something like AutoCAD, Microstation or ArchiCAD, you will be overlooked. It is better to be a master of one software than being reasonably talented when it comes to several types of software. Consider the career path that interests you the most and look for CAD proficiency in that area. For example, if you are interested in Architecture, you shouldn’t be looking for mastery as an AutoCAD mechanical engineer. Choose ArchiCAD instead. While this may seem restrictive, remember that each field has a number of different positions. In architecture alone you could end up having a choice of specialties such as industrial, residential, educational and health care.

Therefore, CAD jobs are not just open to those interested in cars and airplanes. If you love CAD, find a specialty area and have fun forging a great career.