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It is not just you, believe me.  The biggest problems I find is that the
current CAD generation learn how to use a computer and think this makes them
draftsmen.  They do not understand what they are drawing, have no
understanding of proper linetype and drawing conventions, and are basically
high paid human Xerox machines.

We brought our current staff in young from CAD tech programs, and then just
accepted the fact that it would be a year before we could train them to be
draftspeople.

An equal problem is that the current crop of junior engineers look down on
drafting and would be insulted if you suggested they draw something.  The
reality is that beautiful calculations do not mean a thing if the drawings
are not well put together and properly communicating the design.  If you
can't draw it, you don't understand it.

Paul Feather
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerard Madden" <gmadden(--nospam--at)duquette-eng.com>
To: "SEAINT LISTSERVER (E-mail)" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 6:30 PM
Subject: Lack of Drafters


> Is it just me, or is there a shortage of even 1/4 decent drafters out
there.
> I have been interviewing people for the a couple of the places I have
worked
> and I have been severely disappointed at the capabilities of most
> applicants.
>
> I even went as far to create a cad test. I was able to complete the test
in
> 45 minutes (re-create a hand drafted steel detail into autocad). I realize
> that since I created the test, I understand the drawing, and I have a
> structural background, that I will be faster than the typical test taker.
> But I am having people spend over 3 hours trying to draft what I consider
a
> typical detail in a structural office and then I still find a ton of
> mistakes (improper scale, missing information, wrong linetypes...)
>
> Is everyone out there just starting from scratch with drafters, taking the
> time to train and develop their skills, or are you capable of finding
people
> with experience? We advertised 2 year exp in structural, 20 25 bucks an
> hour. I thought that was reasonable for that amount of experience. I had
one
> lady today ask for 35 an hour and I had to ask her to leave after 3 1/2
> hours because she was too slow. These are the issues I now have fun
dealing
> with in my "Management" position.
>
> Frustrated in San Jose,
>
> -gerard
>
>
> Gerard Madden, PE
> Design Group Manager
>
> Duquette Engineering
> 10 South Third Street
> San Jose, CA 95113
> T: 408.494.0944 - ext 102
> F: 408.494.0940
> E: gmadden(--nospam--at)duquette-eng.com
> w: www.duquette-eng.com
>
>
>
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