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Architectural Plans & Drafting
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$2,222
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Need skilled and experienced Architect and Draftsperson to draft CADD drawings using Floor Plans and Elevations for Place of Worship ne…

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Property Site Planning
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

We're working on a potential project for a property that includes various sports fields and buildings. In addition to creating the pot…

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HVAC AutoCAD Drafting Details
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 2 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am working on the HVAC design for a culinary arts room for a public high school in NYC, and I'm seeking assistance with the CAD draft…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Need a drawing done for a retail space to add a non-load bearing wall and removal of parts of existing non-load bearing wall. In Hamilt…

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CAD designer to build out back house plans in 3D Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

$500
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

I have a back house and pergola design that I’m building in my backyard in 2D that I want to see built out in 3D so I can make sure it…

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Structural Drawings for 2nd Floor Addition
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$75
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

I have architectural drawings for what the new second floor dormer will look like along with the elevation. I need structural framing a…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I have a design for a unique plastic insulated cup that will need to be molded. It will need to be very completive in price. I have on…

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Project manage/engineer/ architect/renderings Hourly ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Immediat necessity Includes housing Commercial warehouse 1mm sq ft Revitalize downtown

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Architecture BIM documentation Hourly ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Surrounding buildings and houses to be modelled up in AUTODESK REVIT and to be documented in a specific style that will be provided.…

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Need Architecture design for event barn. Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

$1,500
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I would like to design our event barn for family gatherings. I would like to have a pro to help me draw up the underground lines and…

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AutoCAD Specialists on Upwork
can earn $15–$28/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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How to Become a Freelance AutoCAD Specialist

If you have great attention to detail, are enthusiastic about the construction and manufacturing industries, and love technology, then you might want to explore a career as a freelance AutoCAD specialist. You’ll have the chance to create detailed, accurate, and prototype-ready renderings of clients’ ideas, and you can even connect with drafting and Engineering Design clients on Upwork, the world’s largest freelance job hub.

What does an AutoCAD Specialist do?

A freelance AutoCAD specialist can support drafting, engineering design, architecture, interior design, and many other fields. The profession entails creating 3D models of real-life or theoretical objects using AutoDesk’s flagship AutoCAD software.

Models can be drawn in 2 dimensions and then extruded to create highly accurate renderings based on measurements or theory-based designs. Using constraints and other tools, a freelance AutoCAD specialist can determine the viability of mechanical products in a complex system. These AutoCAD models are highly sophisticated, providing far more detail and value than rough sketches.

What skills do I need to become an AutoCAD Specialist?

There are generally no degree requirements to work as a CAD drafter, though some professions that use AutoCAD may require drafters to hold a degree. Professional experience should include creating basic working models of real-life items and developing workable, blueprint-grade models of theoretical entities based on sketches and approximations.

If an employer requires a degree, they will most likely require an associate’s degree program or a bachelor’s degree in computer-aided design (CAD), civil engineering, or related fields.

AutoCAD drafters frequently use certain skills:

  • Measurement knowledge. An understanding of measurement is essential, since it plays a key role in the accuracy of the resulting models.
  • Creativity and technical skills. Designers need a certain amount of creativity, which contributes to the quality of their work. They also need to have highly technical skills, including the ability to use the software to its full capabilities. Attention to detail is also an essential element of these technical skills.
  • Design and technical drawings. AutoCAD drafters need to be skilled in designing and working with technical drawings. These drawings can inform everything from construction to project planning, so it’s important that they’re accurate and detailed.
  • Proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD) and constraint application software such as Solidworks and AutoDesk. Drafters need to have experience with the types of software that they’ll be using for each project. A strong working knowledge of the software lets drafters use that software easily, accurately, and quickly.
  • Communication skills. AutoCAD drafters must be able to effectively communicate with other members of their team, their clients, and more. Both written and oral communication skills are key to this career path.

Should I get an AutoCAD certification?

In addition to developing your skills through work experience, it may help obtain a professional AutoCAD training and certification to help your Upwork profile shine. More of the appropriate certificates can be found with the American Design Drafting Association, which offers professional certifications to CAD technicians. Certain freelance AutoCAD specialist certifications can support your career:

  • SkillsUSA Drafting and Design One Year Certificate (High School/Community College)
  • Autodesk Certifications
  • NIMS Computer-Aided Milling (for machining and industrial applications
  • Solidworks Certifications

What are the job responsibilities of a Freelance AutoCAD Specialist?

A freelance AutoCAD designer will often have multiple key responsibilities:

  • Create working models of parts and systems in 2D and 3D
  • Create extruded parts as needed to fulfill client needs
  • Design and test parts in a 3D environment (i.e. construction projects)
  • Prepare 3D models for rapid prototyping/3D printing and/or machining applications
  • Revise drafted prints as needed to create workable, repeatable part creations
  • Use annotation mode to create exploded and standard-angle views of parts and systems.

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