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Entry Level Mechanical Engineering CAD Skills Assessments and Improvements

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Stephen J. Schoonmaker

Grove Worldwide, Shady Grove, PA

Paper No. IMECE2003-41200, pp. 165-170; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2003-41200
From:
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis, Technology and Society, Engineering Business Management, and Homeland Security
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3728-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME

abstract

This paper presents information and discussion with respect to CAD skills for mechanical engineers entering the industrial environment. CAD systems are now an integral part of the functioning of virtually all engineering departments. This paper discusses how critical these systems have become to the practice of mechanical design and engineering. Naturally, then, CAD system skills become a consideration during the hiring of mechanical engineers. In order to deal with this situation, companies have considered or implemented CAD system skills assessments. The author investigates some of these assessments. Based on this investigation, a set of “core” skills or issues is presented which should be part of assessments or general hiring expectations. The core skills are not centered on specific CAD system software, but on general principles and practices that are essential to using these systems effectively.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME

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