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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
15%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
21%
8+
31%

Common Skill Sets

Cadence-allegro
AutoCAD
BIM
Systemverilog
geopak
Revit
BASIC Programming
PERL

CAD Engineer Seniority Levels

Drafter
24% made the transition
Cad Designer
23% made the transition
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CAD Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$101,984 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$66K
Median: $102K
$157K
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