How to become an architectural CAD technician

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How to become an architectural CAD technician
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An architectural CAD technician is an organized and self-disciplined person who uses computer technology to produce detailed drafts and 3-dimensional plans for architectural projects. CAD stands for "computer aided drafting," and it is essential in allowing technicians to create blueprints and layouts in very little time. The architectural CAD technician is generally a visually oriented problem solver who specializes in finding design solutions.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Develop a strong background in high school to prepare for this career track. Courses in math, science and English are helpful.

  2. 2

    Get comfortable with computer technology. An essential component of the CAD technician job is computer drafting.

  3. 3

    Become proficient in AutoCAD and a variety of Architectural Desktop programs. Many schools offer 2-year degree programs that provide the adequate training.

  4. 4

    Look for a 2-year program that will offer an Associate degree in CAD and drafting. Education-Portal is a good place to find schools that offer the necessary classes (see Resources below).

  5. 5

    Select a program that offers the best curriculum. Look for courses in engineering graphics, technical calculations and construction drawing.

  6. 6

    Learn about design and building regulations as stipulated by local, state and federal law. This comes with time as you progress through your coursework.

  7. 7

    Look for internship opportunities that allow you practical experience in AutoCAD. Consult your academic counselor or school's career center for more information.

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