CAD & Graphics Technician/Apprentice Opportunity 2020- Plymouth, Devon - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Devon, Plymouth

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a proactive and enthusiastic CAD & Graphics Technician to join our growing Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Arboricultural team in our Plymouth office. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team on projects of all scales within a friendly and supportive team. The work is highly varied, and you will be required to support our consultants on a range of types and sizes of projects.

No prior experience is required but we are looking for a team player who has a keen interest in developing themselves within our industry and has a passion and flair for computer aided design, graphic design and developing innovative solutions to improve efficiency. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to progress their career in a dynamic team.

We operate from modern, well-connected office (7-minute drive from Plymouth station), but also support home working with all employees being provided with a modern laptop and iPhone. In addition, AECOM’s Freedom to Grow programme allows you to take control of your working life and work the hours that suit you. We empower our staff to develop, to innovate, to thrive and to be your true self!

We enjoy an exceptional team approach working closely with architects, engineers, ecologists, economists, community outreach and other related professionals to develop award winning integrated projects. Our local practice network leverages AECOM’s global presence to address urban and climate changes in the next century and to serve as catalysts for regeneration.

Our large national team of Landscape Architects delivers a range of exciting and varied projects across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. We work in dynamic and challenging environments, in multi-disciplinary teams delivering solutions to a broad base of public and private sector clients (including Highways England, HS2, the Environment Agency, Local Authorities, the National Trust, and educational institutions) working in the fields of development, energy, oil and gas, water, government and transportation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to progress your career, gaining valuable work experience, within an established consultancy.

We support our apprentices through on-the-job training and both college and university training, investing in your career and the future of AECOM. As a part of this learning, you will undergo studies alongside your role and work towards a formal qualification. This will be fully supported by AECOM, with dedicated study days provided and access to a range of online and blended learning tools. More information on the course can be found here

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.


When a CAD and graphics technician starts with us, we pair them with an experienced member of the team who will guide and mentor them through their initial period working on live projects. Their initial role will support and assist with the completion of tasks such as:

  • Development of graphics and photomontages for Input into Environmental Statements, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments and associated planning documents;

  • Site survey, to take site photographs and or provide UAV support.

  • Use of AutoCAD, Photoshop, Indesign, Sketchup, Revit and our in-house developed tree importer tool to prepare base plans etc.;

  • Preparation of presentation drawings;

  • Preparation of information for planning applications, detailed design and subsequent construction information.

  • Use of GIS based mapping systems.

  • Development of tender documents, and work with other teams within the office.


Our Apprenticeship Programmes, along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have over 300 apprentices on our programmes across the UK and Ireland, from over 30 different disciplines, and each one of them makes a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have apprentices working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK and Ireland. We demand the highest standards and expect our apprentices to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects with significant multi-disciplinary exposure


We recruit on a we operate rolling recruitment so please apply ASAP.

This role is for an apprentice. If you are a graduate you should apply to our graduate opportunities.

Minimum Requirements

No experience is necessary, but what is important for our apprentices here at AECOM is the following;

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade ‘C/4’ or above, including Maths & English

  • An aptitude towards good logic, problem solving and strong organisational skills

  • An interest in and a desire to pursue a career in CAD and Graphics

  • A keen eye for design.

  • Good technical and communication skills

  • Good Photoshop, AutoCAD, word and excel skills and familiar with file naming and filing conventions either via previous work experience or personal development.

  • You should have an Interest in environmental design from concept to detailed stages.

  • Ability to deliver CAD and graphics requirements to the team, and successfully manage time to meet project deadlines

  • A hard working and highly motivated individual with excellent communication and good grasp of maths and the English language.

  • Client focused with good interpersonal skills and team approach willing to contribute to project success.

  • You will be able to demonstrate experience or understanding of Health and Safety compliance.

  • A flexible approach to supporting the existing teams, which is likely to involve travel to sites and potentially full multiple days in the field.

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through participating in our approved training schemes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideally a full driving licence.

  • Understanding and experience of BIM is desirable.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 232861BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.