What does a CAD Engineer do?

CAD engineers design, develop, test, and maintain tools and systems used for computer-aided design processes. They work in conjunction with designers and other internal teams to identify goals and challenges, and determine how to best develop and configure tools and programs to improve efficiency and achieve greater accuracy. They create models, technical drawings, and designs using CAD tools, and perform testing, simulations, and troubleshooting. They may also be responsible for overseeing QA testing programs.

CAD engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or computer science field, although an advanced degree is an advantage. They must have extensive knowledge of CAD design techniques and be comfortable using major CAD tools and programs. These engineers often have strong programming and development skills, and frequently have experience working as a designer.

What responsibilities are common for CAD Engineer jobs?
  • Develop processes for improvement in the use of software by the design/sales team and production team.
  • Coordinate with production staff to ensure engineered projects are manufactured properly and ready for installation.
  • Train subordinate engineers to handle volume as needed.
  • Communicate directly with clients to address unique projects and any changes needed to original designs to acquire best outcomes with client approval.
What are the typical qualifications for CAD Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, eecs or engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with CAD related software and systems including 3D Studio Max, and AutoCAD.
  • Fluency in surface chemistry, shell scripting, and debugging.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a CAD Engineer make near United States?

$89,300 /yr
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CAD Engineer Career Path

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Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
CAD Engineer
Aug 3, 2021

“No cons in general if you can manage your work life balance there shouldn't be any issues”

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CAD Engineer
Jun 24, 2021

“It took me about 5 years of fighting and negotiating to get to the low end of my industry average.”

CAD Engineer/BIM Specialist
Apr 8, 2023

“remote work from home this is a good”

CAD Engineer
Apr 20, 2022

“slow career development and progress”

CAM Programmer
May 16, 2022

“No promotion cycle and no career growth.”

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CAD/CAM Programmer
Apr 10, 2022

“Good for freshers for next two year”

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CAD Engineer
Aug 10, 2023

“it is good to work”

Senior CAD Engineer
Nov 22, 2021

“Nice job opportunities in this start up”

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