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Career Story: Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) Specialist

Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) Specialist

Job Title: Associate Application Engineer

Type of Company: My company develops computer-assisted design and PLM software for companies like John Deere and Caterpillar.

Education: BS, Bioengineering, Syracuse University •• MS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Experience: This was my first job out of school.

Job Tasks: My job consists of demo-ing the technical capabilities of our software to potential customers. First I need to get background information on the customer. Their time is important, and I do not want to demo something they already know.

A typical demo involves building a CAD model in our software to be used in a larger assembly, such as a motorcycle. During my demos, I explain how our software will help their company solve their business needs. For example, if a company is worried about the number and cost associated with prototypes, I explain that using the analysis tools in our software will help them to test digital prototypes. This will save them time and money.

I also help build the content of a demo, which includes building the CAD models, outlining the steps in the demo for others to follow, and testing the demo for accuracy.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I feel like I am using my technical background to teach people. The interaction with our customers is challenging and entertaining at the same time. Sometimes they question the capability of our software, but I welcome that because in the end it shows that our software is strong.

The worst part of my job is being stuck to my computer all day. I would like to be able to be more active in my job.

Job Tips: To have a career demo-ing anything, you need to overcome your fear of public speaking. It may be hard at first, but like most things you can get better with practice. Demo for your friends and family and have them give you feedback.

Take a few business or economics courses. It is important to understand how a business operates to make you better at your career.

Develop good teamwork skills. Your team mates and/or coworkers are great resources to help you achieve your career jobs.

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