Computer-aided design, or CAD, technicians produce electronic interpretations of technical drawings. They work with plans for both buildings and machinery. Using 3D and 2D design techniques, they can produce detailed designs that are a vast improvement on the traditional pen-and-paper versions created for this purpose.
CAD technicians work in many fields including engineering, construction, local government, electricity and water supply, telecommunications and shipbuilding. CAD technicians work closely with engineers and other technicians under the supervision of a design engineer. They spend most of their time in an office environment working with specialized computer programs. Only on rare occasions would a CAD technician visit a work site.
CAD Technician Job Education Requirements
CAD technicians may pursue a vocational school diploma (DEP). CAD technician programs can be completed in as little as one year. Job seekers may also obtain a postsecondary degree in engineering, technology or a related area.
CAD Technician Job Market
The job market for civil engineers varies by province. Employment growth is expected to be strong in Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Québec and Yukon. Opportunities are moderate in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick and weak in British Columbia and Alberta. Job opportunities are expected to decline in Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories and Newfoundland and Labrador. Job seekers who are willing to relocate may find their prospects dramatically improved.
CAD Technician Job Salary Information
The median hourly wage for civil engineers is C$38.14 in Canada, ranging from C$23.00 to C$57.95. Civil engineers have the highest wages in the Northwest Territories, where the median hourly earnings are C$45.90. Hourly wages are lowest for civil engineers in Québec at a median of C$32.69 an hour. Civil engineers typically enjoy a steady work schedule with between 35 and 40 hours a week. Overtime in this job is minimal, though it may be required with pressing deadlines.