A CAD designer earns anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 a year in salary, making CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) drawings of parts, buildings, or anything else. Most CAD designers need a background in engineering, a two year or four year degree and training on the CAD workstation software. A CAD Operator just needs to know the software, and can actually start working after a few months of classes.
Gain a degree in Engineering, Architecture or Manufacturing. Any type of applicable degree can translate to a CAD designer career. Even auto mechanics can become CAD designers with enough experience on the CAD software.
Locate a community college or technical school in your area where you can take their next CAD class is. Nearly every technical school offers a CAD I and CAD II course. Professional training for CAD is also available.
Complete the course and network to find an entry level CAD operator, or CAD designer position. Find a position that fits your background experience or degree.
Continue to build up your experience with CAD and related skills. Get an ANSI standards book, learn the engineering and manufacturing standards that relate to your field.