CAD Assistants use computer-aided design software and work with Lead Drafters to create designs and schematics used to manufacture products or construct buildings. Cad Assistants may specialize in many areas including mechanical, electrical and civil drafting.
The primary role of CAD Assistants is to support Lead Drafters and/or Project Managers in designing and preparing complete and accurate technical drawings for building construction and product manufacturing utilizing computer-aided design systems. CAD Assistants fill out these drawings with specifications, methods, and codes. These detailed technical drawings incorporate the input of engineers, architects, and surveyors and can specify dimensions, codes, materials, and production methods. Mechanical drafters create designs for machinery and mechanical devices including HVAC/R equipment and systems. Other common specialties include aeronautical, pipeline, electrical, and electronics drafting. Many employers require CAD Assistants to have completed at least an associate's degree program. Professional certification can increase advancement opportunities.
▸ Building Automation Systems Trainee
This advancement would typically require additional post-secondary training.
▸ Controls Installer
Post-secondary training or 1-2 years of experience would support this move.
▸ Mechanical Engineer w/HVAC Expertise
This path demands a mechanical engineering degree and significant experience.