Draughtsperson / Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

The role of the Draughtsperson / CAD Operator tends to be found in engineering design offices in both large and small companies. They produce technical drawings and designs using traditional draughting techniques or by using computer aided design (CAD) software and systems.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Produces technical/engineering drawings and designs, 3D models, layouts, sketches, etc. to company or industry specifications and standards
  • Compiles design/work packages including procedures, calculations, etc.
  • Checks all drawings produced to ensure accuracy and suitability
  • Ensures compliance with drawing/engineering office document control procedures
  • Provides general support to discipline engineers
  • Carries out site/offshore surveys and produces reports
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

The production of technical/engineering drawings and models is an essential part of the design, engineering and construction process and the work is undertaken in all aspects of the industry including equipment/tool manufacture, large and small-scale engineering/construction projects, maintenance work scopes, etc. The Draughtsperson / Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator fulfils a critical role in ensuring that industry and company technical standards are met and excellence is sought at every opportunity.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • ONC/HNC in an engineering/technical discipline or equivalent
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Specialist Computer Aided design software expertise
  • Specialist engineering experience e.g. mechanical, piping, subsea
  • Previous experience of working in an engineering/design office