Trainee Joinery CAD Designer / Draftsman

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Job Title: Trainee Joinery CAD Designer/Draftsman

Department: Operations Manager Joinery Division

Location: Basingstoke

Salary: £22,000 to £25,000 per annum

Job type: Permanent, Full time.

Contract Term/Hours of Work: 42.75 hours per week, 07:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 07:30 to 16:00 on a Friday, with a 45 minute unpaid break each day.

About us:

Founded over 60 years ago, R W Armstrong has established an enviable reputation as a traditional building company of the highest standard.

R W Armstrong is a residential builder in Hampshire providing high-end, quality building services for the county as well as for most of the South of England. The company also constructs bespoke new houses for private clients, both contemporary and traditional in style.

The Role/Purpose:

This a developmental role with the expectation that the trainee will learn how to produce drawings to the appropriate level of detailing (including specialist materials) for construction. There will be a requirement to assist the Joinery team and to interact with clients, advisors, design professionals and internal project teams.

The successful candidate will be joining a well-established joinery team in the brand new, state of the art, purpose built joinery facility within a large high-end residential construction company and will play a key role in developing the drawing capabilities of the joinery division.

Key Responsibilities:


  • To assist in taking accurate site surveys, with due consideration to the finished designs and ensuring the design and construction of the product accommodates site limitations and logistics, installation and finishing of the products.
  • To learn how to recognise at the first stage of design if the design will work in practice.
  • To learn how to convert architectural drawings into manufacturing drawings for approval.
  • To be able to Incorporate M & E, AV, IT and control systems within the design.

CAD standards

  • Adhere to CAD standards and branding, with consideration to the following:
    • Page layouts and title formats,
    • Line weights,
    • Font styles,
    • Numbering system/variation control,
    • Regularized placement of drawings on paper space is achieved,
    • Correct use of layers,
    • Creation of shared standard blocks to be imported into drawings.
  • To show allowances for tolerances and fitting requirements for fixtures and fittings.
  • To show an accommodation of mechanical, electrical AV and IT systems, including the sharing, communication and coordination of design and technical information with specialist supply chain.
  • To understand the Interface between building structure and products being supplied, including consideration to the fixing and fittings and attention to detail of these parts.


  • To assist in liaising and communicating with clients and professionals to:
    • Ascertain client brief.
    • Develop design concepts and obtain stage sign off.
    • Develop final design and obtain sign off.
  • To be able to adapt own design styles to meet the brief, utilising current and traditional trends and standards.


  • Excellent documentation and filing of drawings and correspondence.

The Person and Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Behaviours:

  • Ability to use Autodesk AutoCAD/Inventor.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy.
  • Commitment to ongoing CPD to maintain and develop knowledge about current materials, products and manufacturing and use this knowledge to influence design and manufacture.
  • Excellent in personal time management with the ability to multitask.
  • Ability to hand sketch to communicate initial design ideas.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently when required.

What We Offer:

  • 22 days holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Workplace Pension.
  • 5 days Company Sick Pay.

Please click on the APPLY button to send your CV and Cover Letter for this role.

Candidates with the experience or relevant job titles of; CAD Technician, Graduate CAD, Graduate Architect, Graduate, Trainee Architect, Trainee CAD, Graduate Computer Aided Design, CAD, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Design, CAD Design, Corel Draw will also be considered for this role.

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