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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? What Do You Know? Employers hire engineers based on the CAD package they know. Or, they don’t. By Jean Thilmany, Associate Editor ( Mechanical Engineer magazine)
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Mechanical Engineer , June 2004 http://www.memagazine.org/backissues/jun04/features/whatdo/whatdo.html hen it comes time for mechanical engineering students to look for their first professional jobs, how much does it count which computer-aided design system they learned in college? Maybe an employer uses a particular type of system and wants new engineers to know that system inside out. Do employers make their hiring decisions based on the CAD system the job seeker knows best? The Answer: It Depends “Years ago, knowing a particular CAD system was more critical than it is today,” said Bill Wright, who has owned CAD/CAM Recruiters of Charlotte, N.C., since 1981. “I can’t really say what’s changed. Systems are more similar today, so it might not really matter what you know. But that’s some conjecture on my part.” In the 1980s, when most engineering organizations were newly acquainted with CAD and computer-aided manufacturing technologies, employers emphasized their need for engineers with very specific knowledge of particular computer-aided engineering system, Wright said. “A lot more times, a corporate-wide CAE strategy wasn’t in place yet, and they wanted a person who could drive or champion implementation of that software,” Wright said. “But now, the software is already in place and employers tend to seek a person who knows an application. In other words, they want a mechanical engineer who knows about propulsion or pumps or actuators or aircraft engines, and it sure would be nice if they knew UGS, too, but it’s not necessary.” Certainly, most employers would prefer novice mechanical engineers to be up and running on company technology from their first day, but if those engineers bring the turbomachinery or actuator knowledge the company wants, most employers are willing to jump-start a new employee’s technology training, Wright said. So does knowing a certain CAD system ever get your foot in the door? Much depends on the particular company, said Michael Keefe, associate chairman for undergraduate education in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. He’s found that most local companies don’t mind which CAD package students know, as long as they’ve been exposed to one in college. But smaller consulting companies prefer that new hires be skilled on the CAD package already in place at their firm because they have limited funds and time for training. Still, the university can’t teach every CAD system that exists and small companies acknowledge that reality, Keefe said.
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