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Where to Start
CAD Visualisers use specialised software applications to create designs. You do not need a special degree or education to make use of AutoCAD programs. There are specific CAD courses and certification programs that have become accepted as meeting educational requirements for most employers. Becoming familiar with the software application and tools used are essential. Good drawing skills will also make it easier to create designs in CAD programs, but with the more sophisticated programs, you do not need to worry, even those with minimal physical drawing ability will be able to make the most complex designs.
Equipment & Software
Making a career out of being a CAD Visualiser has rewarding benefits. Visualisers are well paid and there is the added benefit of being able to drive through town and see your designs come to life in fully realised physical form. CAD Visualisers are an integral part of any building or engineering firm. You can work for a large company or be a freelancer; the possibilities are endless.
Networking and people skills are vital for CAD Visualisers. They need to be able to work with builders, construction workers, and engineers. You may need to be able to discuss developing a design with the people you are working for or the engineering team in order to work out design flaws.
Becoming a CAD Visualiser is more than just education, tools, equipment, and focus; it is also about finding your design style and growing as a Visualiser. No matter what genre of visualisation or design you pick, own it by throwing in your own passions. If you love clean lines and bold colours, focus on this. If you like complex and intricate designs, bring that in to your work. The best part of being a CAD Visualiser is doing what you truly love.