CAD managers assume the combined roles of CAD drafter, IT department and manager in design and engineering firms. They differ from CAD coordinators who take a holistic view of the company's design production capability and focus on overarching production-related issues to ensure that production never stops.
Responsibilities of a CAD manager
Keeping up with all the changes in the industry can be overwhelming and challenging, yet at the same time, they can be viewed as opportunities to make organisations more competitive.
CAD managers manage staff, projects and procurement of both software and hardware, plus the day-to-day output of the CAD function.
CAD managers oversee the work of CAD drafters, making sure that every drawing is legible and professional and adheres to applicable project standards.
CAD managers are skilled at learning their team's individual strengths, building on their weaknesses and delegating work to the appropriate team member.
Customisations and standardisations are crucial to productivity. Showing your prospects or clients what their projects can look like in 3D with the right tools can be the differentiator in landing new business.
There's constantly a myriad of projects in play while juggling priorities. As a CAD manager, you'll be wearing lots of different hats. Always manage to the best of your ability, be knowledgeable and most of all, be approachable.
Operational efficiency requires the right training, support and integration. CAD managers must ensure that the software works and that people can learn how to use it, while also establishing standards and best practices for productivity.
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