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Computer Aided Design (CAD)

What is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD)?

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is a smart technology used in the computer system for designing a product and its documents. 

  • The process makes the blueprint of a product or structure through which the engineers have an insight into the manufacturing process.  

What does an expert in CAD do?

A specialist in CAD uses the software to make different schematics including blueprints and technical drawings. He/she is responsible for:

  • Preparing a detailed drawing of a structure or addition to the same including elevations, sections, and plans

  • Gathering supportive data and preparing maps of institutional maps with dimensions and specifications.

  • Participating in field surveys and determining locations and its elevations

What is taught in a CAD course? 

Candidates are introduced with exemplary training in the field of Design, Architecture, Engineering and IT. The faculty from a renowned university inculcates specializing traits like drafting, analyzing, quality checking, and operation of numerical controls. Some of the popular subjects are:

  • AutoCAD Interface

  • Smart Dimensions, Fully Define Sketch and Blocks

  • Geometry & Dimensional Constraints

  • Dimensions & Dimension Styles

  • Sketch Entities & Sketch Tools

Where can one study diploma/certificate courses in CAD?

Admission for CAD is done on the basis of merit. Students need not attend any entrance examination. Some of the top colleges that offer certification and diploma courses are:

  • Institute of Computer Animation and Design (ICAD) – Mumbai

  • Exteriors Interiors Ltd – Karnataka

  • Mother Teresa Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) – Kerala

  • Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth

  • Lazo Link International – Kerala

What is the course duration of diploma/certificate courses in CAD? 

The overall program of CAD includes both basic and advanced courses. The duration of the course is 6 to 12 months. At the secondary level, a good grade on the subjects of science can be helpful.

What are the Job Prospects after completing a diploma in CAD?

Qualified candidates will be able to find employment in sectors

  • Research and development firms, 

  • Manufacturing units and related companies.

  • An additional degree of B.Tech in civil engineering can boost career prospects.

What is the Expected Salary to start?

  • Average Salary for CAD Engineer is Rs 332,089 per year.

  • Entry-level avg salary of CAD designers in India (0-1years exp) is Rs. 201,341 per year.

  • In India, Early career average salary of a CAD designer (1-4 years exp) is Rs 269,306 per year.

  • The mid-career average salary of a CAD designer in India (5-9 years exp) is Rs. 560,000 per year.

  • Experienced CAD designer average salary in India (10-19 years exp) Rs. 869,199 per year.


Who are the top recruiters in this field? 

The industry of engineering and construction in our country is huge and thus, drafters and designers are required for almost all major companies. Some of them are:

  • Larsen & Toubro

  • Thermax

  • Kirloskar

  • Godrej Group, and others

What kinds of books and study materials are available for studying CAD? 

Candidates should research well and get the best sources for topping the list of CAD students. The below-mentioned books will hopefully work for you”

  • AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013

  • Mastering AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013

  • AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012

  • Mastering AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 (Autodesk Official Training Guides)

Interesting facts

  • Certain features of Virtual Reality are likely to be added in the CAD packages that are coming in the future.

  • Future developments in CAD systems with AI make the concept more responsive and powerful tool in the industry