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What type of engineering field uses CAD software?

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I would like to know about what specific field that uses CAD software. I'm interested in this field and would like to know how designing with CAD could be a career. Does it pay well? What are the different companies offering positions with designing with CAD? #engineering #cad #systems-engineering

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Peter’s Answer

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Britney:


I can tell you from first-hand experience that Civil Engineering has a great demand for CA skills. In fact CAD drafting is a major department of most civil consulting firms. You can gain good CAD skills with a year or two of training, the latter from a technical or community college. Of course the pay is not as good as for Engineers who must complete a minimum of 4 years of college and eventually obtain a professional license. Basic CAD skills are also expected of newly graduated engineers as they often draft up preliminary engineering concepts.


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Richard’s Answer

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CAD is usually use in mechanical and civil engineering. I dont have any specific details how it is used but I had some friends in mechanical engineers who had used it in the past. regarding job prospects it is tough to say. You might want to look up some job opportunities that uses CAD software using some job sites like monster.com, linkedin.com, indeed.com etc. Then look up for those positions on salary based sites like salary.com or glassdoor.com. That might give you a good idea how much is the job prospects and the pay scale. Hope this helps.

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Ken’s Answer

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Hi Britney!


The answer is - just about all areas of engineering.


Here are some helpful sites regarding stem and steam careers
https://www.engineergirl.org/
http://www.futureengineers.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM
http://stemtosteam.org/


This site lists the many ares of engineering with employment forecasts and salaries:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm


Let me know if and how this is of help. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

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Chris’s Answer

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I see most of the other answers here are about civil engineering, so I thought I'd take a different approach. Have you considered theme parks? Disney and Universal also use CAD to design their buildings and rides. Also, related to CAD is 3D modeling. Have you considered programs like Maya and 3DStudio Max? Maybe get into visual effects or video game art modeling. Food for thought.

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