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1 to 3 months
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Intermediate
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We are seeking a skilled estimator to provide accurate and detailed estimates for a residential and restaurant project located in South…

AutoCAD Material Take-Off Construction Estimating Bill of Quantity Autodesk AutoCAD
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Less than 30 hrs/week
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Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
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We are seeking a skilled and experienced Structural Engineer to review and stamp the structural drawings for a residential project loca…

AutoCAD Drafting Autodesk AutoCAD
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Modification Needed In House Plans Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$40
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Looking for a detail oriented freelancer who can do the required changes into house plan drawing. Candidate should check attached PDF f…

AutoCAD Autodesk AutoCAD 2D Design CAD CAD Drafting
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1 to 3 months
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Intermediate
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About Solara Capital: At Solara, a pioneer in the private equity real estate industry, we specialize in converting properties into luxu…

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$100
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Intermediate
Experience level

I need someone with a California engineering license to draw up a stamped engineering plan for an 8' x 15' x 4' in-ground pool with a r…

AutoCAD Architectural Rendering Civil Engineering Autodesk AutoCAD Reinforced Concrete Structures
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$750
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Intermediate
Experience level

I am looking to design a meditation chair for a commercial business I am in the process of opening. I will have meditation rooms / po…

AutoCAD CAD Drafting Illustration AutoCAD Civil 3D Drafting Autodesk Revit CAD & CAM Software Adobe Photoshop Autodesk AutoCAD 3D Design Commercial Design
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Site Inspection for Interior Design Project Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi! We are a New York City design firm looking for a local team member from Columbus, OH to assist with a Retail Design project that we…

AutoCAD Commercial Design CAD Autodesk AutoCAD
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Jewelry CAD Designer Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Job Description: Are you a skilled Jewelry CAD Designer with a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating exquisite designs? We are…

AutoCAD 3D Rendering CAD 3D Modeling 3D Design Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk AutoCAD Jewelry Rendering
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Interior Designer for Homeschool Classroom Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced interior designer to help us create a functional and inspiring homeschool classroom for our special needs…

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Need IL licensed architect for plans review + stamp Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$800
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We need someone to review and stamp the plans that are ready to go for permit. It's a TI job specifically a yoga studio in Chicago IL.…

AutoCAD 2D Design & Drawings Autodesk AutoCAD Floor Plan Design
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AutoCAD Specialists on Upwork
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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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