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.


Typical Responsibilities

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.


Salary Range

Entry: 40K – 50K per annum (NZD)

Experienced (3+ years): 51K – 100K per annum (NZD)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427