New cutting-edge CAD technology is introduced to the engineering field every day. As experts in one of the most in-demand professions, engineers cannot afford to fall behind. As a result, CAD professionals must be forward-thinking and sharpen their skills to keep up with the field.
CAD professionals who develop strong technical and soft skills will gain a competitive edge over their colleagues. Below, we provide four qualities and skills CAD professionals will need to be most successful in 2018.
1. Be Technologically Adept
Forward-thinking engineers should be well aware of the technological trends impacting their industries. For example, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has already made a significant impact on CAD. Engineers can leverage artificial intelligence to identify design flaws within CAD software and implement programs to correct any issues to reduce human error.
New technology, such as AI, 3D design applications and virtual reality (VR) still requires human oversight, which is why engineers must be technologically adept to keep pace with the changing environment.
2. Be (Even More) Flexible and Adaptable
With the rise of flexible scheduling, many engineers are no longer required to work in the same location, let alone be in an office from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Cloud-based CAD has made it possible for engineers to collaborate with one another, regardless of where they are. This has led to many taking advantage of remote work and flexible scheduling options, which are often considered a huge perk by today’s talent.
CAD professionals who adapt to this new trend can design and share drawings from anywhere at a fraction of the cost. When it comes to flexible work, engineers must learn how to be adaptable and work efficiently in a nontraditional setting.
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3. Be Proactive on Current Trends
As technology continues to advance, engineers can’t afford to fall behind on current trends. The following advancements have streamlined designing in CAD, simplified prototyping and accelerated innovation:
- AI has reduced human error and can quickly identify issues in CAD designs.
- Cloud computing has increased collaboration among CAD professionals.
- Virtual reality and 3D printing have enhanced prototyping capabilities.
To be successful in the new year, CAD professionals must keep a strong pulse on current trends to continue innovating for the future.
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4. Be a Strong Communicator
Developing soft skills is just as important for engineers as developing technical skills. As the industry becomes more fast-paced and digitalized, CAD professionals and engineers will need to become skilled at multiple forms of communication.
It’s crucial for engineers to be able to take concepts and present them clearly in their communications—whether it be face-to-face, via email or over web conference. CAD professionals should be able to effectively communicate concepts and ideas to clients, colleagues and upper-level management to make the best use of everyone’s time.
Leverage the CadMouse Wireless for an Upper Hand on Your Competition
Engineers should use the latest CAD tools to enhance design capabilities and maintain an upper hand over the competition. The CadMouse Wireless is a high-performance tool designed around precision and ease of use to help keep you ahead of the curve in the new year.
Its compact, ergonomic design allows modern engineers to innovate on-the-go in the mobile workplace. The CadMouse also features a dedicated middle mouse button and an intelligent scroll wheel for optimal precision and designing. In addition to its capabilities, users can work up to two months without charging and can connect with ease using a Universal Receiver, Bluetooth or a USB-cable.
With the right qualities and design tools, CAD professionals will be properly prepared to succeed in 2018 and beyond.