AutoCAD DesignerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

AutoCAD designers use computer software to create technical drawings based on the work of architects and engineers. Some designers specialize in particular types of drawing, such as architectural or mechanical. AutoCAD designers, also known as drafters, need to have outstanding technical and computer skills and an artistic eye.

Sample job description #1

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop store designs for new stores and remodels with a creative and problem-solving approach while adhering to brand standards
  • Work collaboratively with internal management and 3rd party vendors to achieve best practices and standardization across the brands
  • Manage the company’s corporate prototype designs through the 3rd party architect and engineer ensuring Mavis design standards are met with an overall focus on reducing construction costs
  • Create schematic layouts and elevations in CAD for new store locations and current store remodels and renovations
  • Work with external partners including but not limited to Architects, Engineers, Sign Manufactures and Installers, Fixture Contractors and other applicable vendors to bid projects and assess project costs
  • Support the Planning team and Project Directors with timelines, scheduling, budgeting, project documentation and project delivery
  • Generate reports and checklists as directed
  • Site visits for as-built measurements and field verification as required


  • Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Design, Project/Construction Management, or related field
  • Two to three years related professional experience preferred
  • Strong ability to work in CAD software required
  • 3-D modeling software and/or Adobe Creative Suite experience a plus
  • Understanding of construction project management, schedules, project budgeting, and compliance monitoring
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and MS Project
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks involving complex and varying problems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Sample job description #2


  • Create engineering drawings using AutoCAD for telecommunications new site builds, modification projects, site upgrades, and fiber optic builds
  • Track assigned tasks and prioritize completion of tasks accordingly
  • Maintain ABC Company’s CAD standards and templates
  • Learn telecommunications equipment and client-specific equipment and their usage
  • Learn conduit design from client-specific standards
  • Read and analyze existing blueprints, construction drawings, and plans
  • Routinely produce accurate drawings promptly and efficiently
  • Ability to complete CAD drawings independently in a timely manner
  • Learn construction methods best practices
  • Evaluate the design for constructability


  • Technical degree or appropriate commensurate experience required, B.S. Civil/Structural Engineering, Building Construction preferred
  • 0 to 3 years experience with the production of engineering drawings
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of 3D modeling software such as Autodesk Inventor
  • Ability to work autonomously without supervision required
  • Experience with the production of structural and/or civil engineering drawings for telecommunications new site builds, upgrades, and fiber optic networks (or similar site engineering drawings) preferred
  • Telecommunications and/or utility experience preferred
  • Ability to review site documentation and gather necessary information to complete the assignment

Sample job description #3

What you will do on a typical day

  • To interpret specifications and drawings and take responsibility for all technical aspects of creating complete, functional, and safe mechanical designs from them
  • To work with Project Manager to complete drawings and calculations for submittal and manufacturing according to project schedules and budgets
  • To interact with in a professional manner and supervise all designers, engineers, production personnel, contractors, or customers involved with the same or related projects
  • To support the design, manufacture, and installation of all projects throughout the complete production process including travel to the work site when required
  • To become familiar with the documented company processes and standards. Identify non-conformances and initiate Corrective Action Reports as necessary
  • To contribute to the company infrastructure whenever possible through activities such as development of new products and processes, as well as maintenance of Standard Product Drawings
  • Identifying non-conformities and initiating Corrective Action Reports and Supplier Action Reports as needed
  • Performing work activities that are in line with achieving the company’s Quality Objectives

At a minimum, you’ll need

  • 2-year technical degree
  • Proficiency in mechanical drawing principles and CAD software
  • Proficiency in technical math and the principles of machinery design
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Current version of AutoCAD

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an AutoCAD designer is $63,400 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$63,050$85,300
Los Angeles, California$71,100$96,250
Denver, Colorado$59,250$80,200
Washington, DC$72,200$97,700
Miami, Florida$59,000$79,850
Orlando, Florida$54,450$73,650
Tampa, Florida$54,950$74,350
Atlanta, Georgia$57,650$78,000
Chicago, Illinois$66,250$89,650
Boston, Massachusetts$71,650$96,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$57,100$77,250
New York City, New York$75,450$102,050
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$61,400$83,100
Dallas, Texas$59,800$80,950
Houston, Texas$59,550$80,550
Seattle, Washington$68,950$93,300
National Average$53,850$72,900

Sample interview questions

  • Are you familiar with AutoCAD?
  • Do you have any previous experience using AutoCAD or other CAD software?
  • What relevant certifications do you have for this position?
  • How would you go about designing a user interface with AutoCAD?
  • What are the normal file formats with AutoCAD?
  • What are the primary uses of AutoCAD?
  • What are the system requirements of this software and similar CAD software?
  • What is the difference between CAD and CADD?
  • What is your previous experience in architecture and engineering?
  • Have you had any previous AutoCAD-related jobs or positions?
  • Are you able to communicate and carry out instructions well?

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