Employment Trends Evolving in CAD Technology
The computer-aided design (CAD) industry has transformed significantly over the past decade, and clients’ and employers’ needs are rapidly changing and evolving. To keep designers up-to-date on the latest technologies and ensure people entering the CAD field have the most advanced skills, the CAD Technology program at Glendale Community College strives to stay on the cutting-edge of technology.
3 Crucial Employment Trends in CAD Technology:
1. Engineering, Architectural, and Construction firms are incorporating multiple technologies for design solutions and specifications. Being skilled in one design software is no longer enough to secure employment or sustain it. Versatility in software applications and design skills is a must to remain competitive.
2. New technologies such as parametric modeling, design collaboration tools, and mobile solutions enable better design processes and efficiencies. Some of these include energy modeling and analysis, structural analysis, clash detection, remote collaboration, and smartphones and tablets for design changes straight from the field.
3. Manufacturing, Engineering, and Architectural firms use 3D printing to fabricate solid 3D objects and prototypes. They also use digital prototyping, an innovative approach to product development that allows one to create a conceptual design, virtually explore a product before it is built, perform simulations to assess the operation of moving parts, determine if the product will fail, and see how parts interact with each other before it is ever manufactured.