Imagine a career where your designs can help send a satellite into space.

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The Rundown

What does a CAD drafter and designer do?

Computer-aided (CAD) drafters and designers create and modify 2D and 3D designs and drawings.

They use specialised software to create concepts and designs for structures, machinery, vehicles and industrial systems. Their services may be required at any stage of the project lifecycle from initial concept to prototyping.

Design plays a critical role in aerospace. The materials used, their mass, and the cost of a project all impact on the mission’s viability and safety. CAD specialists might design anything from a vehicle hull or airframe to a microprocessor or circuit board.

What you’ll need to know and do

It’s important that CAD drafters and designers keep up to date with the latest trends and practices in digital-based manufacturing. Their designs need to meet the strictest possible criteria around size, space, mass and performance.

CAD designers in the space industry also need an understanding of and experience with new and cutting-edge technologies. These include things like machine learning-aided design, virtual performance simulations and additive component manufacturing.

Your study pathway

The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming a CAD drafter or designer:

  • Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting (MEM40412)
  • Diploma of Engineering Technical (MEM50212).

Visit individual TAFE websites in your home state for more information.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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