Career Opportunities for CAD & Mechanical Designers:
Careers in design and drafting provide the opportunity to turn ideas into reality. The CAD and MET degrees qualify graduates for technician positions in drafting, design, sales, estimating and consulting. Most jobs are in an engineering office environment and include full benefits. Starting salaries are generally from $37,000 to $45,000 with opportunities for advancement.
Where can you find work as a CAD or Mechanical Designer?
There is a wide range of fields that require CAD and Mechanical Design: engineering teams for manufacturing firms, consultant engineering firms, testing, aerospace, robotics, product development, and research companies.
Here are some of the job titles:
Machine Design, Product Design, Structural Steel, Manufacturing/Fabrication, Structural Steel, Aerospace and Aerospace Fabrication. Mechanical Engineering Contractor and Estimator positions, including HVAC, Piping & Plumbing, Fire Suppression/Alarms, and Schematic Drafting.
Other design and drafting jobs can be found in related areas such as Fluid Power (Hydraulic/Pneumatic systems), Electrical and Electronic companies creating schematics, Civil Engineering Drafting, and more.
Here are a few of the personality traits which lend themselves to success in the field:
- detail-oriented and a problem-solver
- the ability to visualize how things are made
- have the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize and multi-task
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