Computer-Aided Design -CAD

12/10/2014 Career


CAD is the short form of Computer-Aided
Design: A combination of arts, science with business practice
in the sphere of architecture and engineering. Almost every
industry uses computers to store and retrieve information.
Computers are also used in design projects.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is use of a wide range of computer
based tools that assist engineers, architects and other design
professions in their design activities. It is the main
geometry authoring tool within the Product Lifecycle
Management process and involves both software and sometimes
special-purpose hardware. Current packages range from 2D
vector base drafting systems to 3D solid and surface modelers.

CAD is used to design, develop and optimize products, which
can be goods used by end consumers or intermediate goods used
in other products. CAD is also extensively used in the design
of tools and machinery used in the manufacture of components,
and in the drafting and design of all types of buildings, from
small residential types (houses) to the largest commercial and
industrial structures (hospitals and factories).

CAD is mainly used for detailed engineering of 3D models
and/or 2D drawings of physical components, but it is also used
throughout the engineering process from conceptual design and
layout of products, through strength and dynamic analysis of
assemblies to definition of manufacturing methods of

CAD has become an especially important technology, within the
scope of Computer Aided technologies, with benefits such as
lower product development costs and a greatly shortened design
cycle. CAD enables designers to lay out and develop work on
screen, print it out and save it for future editing thus
saving time on their drawings.

Courses and Eligibility

Generally a course on Computer Aided Design (CAD) is offered
for a short period ranging from 3 months to 6 months. A very
good grade at intermediate/secondary level with science
/technology as subjects can be helpful. Graduates in science
and engineering are preferred as compared to other graduates.
A person having Degree or Diploma in Engineering or ITI pass
certificate in mechanical/automobile or electrical branch of
engineering can pursue course in CAD/CAM.

Different institutes have different eligibility criteria for
selection. The centre for computer aided design of Jadavpur
University asks for B.Tech. / B.E. / A.M.I.E. / B.Sc. (with
mathematics or statistics or computer science or physics as a
compulsory subject) / B.C.A. / Bachelors degree in
environmental or disaster management / B.A. or B.Sc. (with
geography or geology honours) qualification.

Job prospects

There is a clear promotion path from engineering craftsperson
to draughts-person and engineering technician by studying part
time for a relevant EDEXCEL/BTEC HNC/D or SQA NC group award
qualification or by acquiring NVQ/SVQ level 3. As an
engineering operative or in a non-engineering post it may be
possible to study part time for these qualifications then
apply for an engineering technician job.

Qualified professionals find employment t in manufacturing
units, research and developmental firms and other related
companies. One can also choose teaching as a career option as
there are more numbers of training institutes on CAD/CAM is
coming up in recent times.

Pay Package

A course in CAD or CAM will be beneficial for those who are
having a degree or diploma qualification in engineering. It is
a profession which needs adequate research and then
development. The salary in this field is very high, only sky
is the limit. One can earn somewhere between Rs.30, 000 �
Rs.50, 000 per month depending upon his/her expertise in the

Training Centres

Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments

Swatantryaveer Tatya Tope Marg,

Chunabhatti, Sion,

Mumbai � 400 022 INDIA

Telephone: 2405 0301 / 2405 0302, 2405 0303 / 2405 0304

Fax: +91-22-2405 0016


Courses: Post Graduate Diploma in Tool Design

Computer Aided Design Centre

Dept. of Computer Science & Engg, Jadavpur University

Kolkata-700 032

West Bengal, India

Telephone: tel +91 33 2414 6844



Courses: Various certificate and diploma courses in CAD/CAM,
structural Analysis and design etc.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT, Guwahati

North Guwahati,

Guwahati � 781 039, Assam

Ph. No.: 0361 2582664, 2582651 (Office)

Fax No.: 0361 2690762



Courses: Short term courses on CAD/CAM

MSME-Development Institute,

Govt. of India, Ministry of MSME,

Kurla Andheri Road,

Sakinaka, Mumbai-400072


Fax: 91-22-28578092


Course: CAD/CAM

MSME Development Institute

Govt. of India, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium

65/1, G.S.T. Road,

Guindy, Chennai-600 032

Phone: 044-2250 1011/12/13

Fax: 044-2250 1014


Course: CAD/CAM

Bhubanananda Orissa School of Engineering

SCB Medical College Road,

Cuttack - 7, (Orissa)

Courses: Post-diploma in CAD/CAM

Birla Institute of Technology,

Ranchi, (Bihar)

Courses: Post-diploma in CAD/CAM

Govt. Polytechnic,

Ranchi, (Bihar)

Courses: Post-diploma in CAD/CAM

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