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Why Hire On-Demand CAD Staff

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The Problem

Consulting engineering companies are struggling to find qualified CAD hires despite strong demand for CAD skills. Fewer candidates are entering the profession, and competitive pay or growth opportunities can be limited. This is an especially acute problem for firms outside of metropolitan areas, where the talent pool is very shallow.

When firms can't find good CAD talent, they often resort to less-than-ideal solutions. They may:

  • put more CAD responsibilities on engineers, increasing project costs
  • hire less qualified people and spend considerable time training them. Inexperienced drafters often produce work that contains errors, misses the engineers' design intent, or does not follow proper CAD
    standards. This leads to multiple reviews and revisions by the engineers, which can be time-consuming and frustrating
  • engineers may decide to do the drafting themselves

Even when a firm can hire a talented CAD technologist or technician, it can be challenging to retain them.

These employees may decide to return to school to upgrade to an engineering degree or seek other company opportunities with better prospects. Additionally, CAD is no longer a static skill that can be learned once and then forgotten. The software is constantly changing and requires ongoing training to stay sharp and productive.

On-Demand CAD Staff

Archipelago provides CAD staff exclusively to member firms. We source talented CAD operators who work remotely, and we onboard them to Archipelago's standard CAD environment. This allows member firms to concentrate on their core competencies and deliver value to clients without worrying about managing CAD staff's performance and training.

This means that members can take on additional projects they may not have been able to handle before, helping them grow their businesses.

Members can deliver higher-quality drawings and more design alternatives to their clients due to the increased drawing production made possible by our on-demand CAD staff. This helps them stand out from competitors and attract more business.

Outsourcing CAD allows members to save significant overhead. They no longer have to worry about managing and training CAD staff, which frees up valuable time and resources that can be focused on more critical tasks.


About Archipelago

Archipelago is a professional services network in the architectural, engineering & construction (AEC) industry that aims to connect member firms, boost productivity, and harness technology to meet the increasing demand for infrastructure and housing. Our mission is to empower firms by sharing knowledge, resources, and expertise, fostering innovation in designing sustainable development for future generations. Join our network today, and let's collaborate to shape a better future for all.