CAD Drafter Jobs
How to Enter
When hiring for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Drafters, New Zealand engineering firms are looking for high-calibre candidates who hold a relevant tertiary qualification, such as a Diploma in Computer-Aided Design, Architectural Draughting or Architectural Design. To improve their appeal within the Engineering market, some candidates expand their education by completing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies or a Master of Architecture, however many crucial skills are taught on the job.
The daily responsibilities of a CAD Drafter can largely depend on what area of engineering they specialise in, such as a Civil, Mechanical or Construction. However, most will conduct some, if not all, of the following:
- Making detailed technical drawings of building, machinery or piping projects
- Creating models of projects, such as buildings or bridges
- Interpreting architectural and engineering sketches and instructions
- Researching building materials
- Managing construction and engineering projects and carrying out onsite observations
- Ensuring architectural schematics and drawings comply with statutory and regulatory building requirements
- Ensuring architectural schematics comply with manufacturer/supplier instructions
- Assisting with building consent processes
- Working with other building professionals
- Liaising with clients
Following several years of experience, CAD Drafters can have numerous career opportunities ahead of them. These include becoming a more senior technician, leading a CAD team or moving into Architectural Design. In the latter case, most candidates would need to complete a Master of Architecture to become a Registered Architect. Alternatively, experienced senior CAD Drafters can also move into Construction Management later in their careers.
Entry: 40K – 50K per annum (NZD)
Experienced (3+ years): 51K – 100K per annum (NZD)
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