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COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND DRAFTING CAREER INFORMATION

CAD Technician


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Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers in production and construction use these plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design and prepare plans for using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software
  • Produce effective product designs by using their understanding of engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add structural details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Prepare multiple versions of designs for review by engineers and architects
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new building projects or products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CADD operators. With CADD systems, drafters create and store drawings electronically so that they can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems. New software systems, such as building information modeling (BIM) and product data management (PDM), are coming into use. Through three-dimensional rendering, BIM software allows designers and engineers to see how elements in their projects work together. PDM software helps users track and control data, such as technical specifications, related to projects. Just as BIM is changing the work of architectural drafters as well as engineers and designers, PDM is changing the work of mechanical drafters. These software systems allow drafting and design work to be done at the same time as the work done by other professionals involved in the project.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Architectural and Civil Drafters

92,700

95,700

+3%

2,090

California

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Architectural and Civil Drafters

17,400

17,800

+2%

420

Wage Data:

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$14.42

$17.82

$22.32

$28.20

$34.69

Yearly

$30,000

$37,100

$46,400

$58,700

$72,200

California

Hourly

$15.89

$20.11

$25.59

$31.99

$38.45

Yearly

$33,100

$41,800

$53,200

$66,500

$80,000

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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National Data Source: 
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 CA.gov logo State Data Source: 
California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division

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