An AutoCAD manager supervises the activities of CAD (Computer Aided Design) specialists who design plans and technical drawings used in the manufacturing and construction industries. He or she is responsible for managing and developing procedures geared toward the efficiency of a project development. Most AutoCAD managers work in companies involved in architecture, aeronautics, engineering, electronics, process piping, and product design.
AutoCAD managers attend to the general administrative tasks of the department from budgeting, scheduling staff, assigning responsibilities and ensuring worker’s tasks are in accordance with company policy and procedures, to producing reports and consulting with superiors and clients. AutoCAD managers are responsible for developing and implementing CAD standards; organizing and providing production support; training in-house staff; setting project timeline and goals; as well as maintaining document archives; managing CAD and other related software vendors. AutoCAD managers also oversee technical configuration and support such as server maintenance, program customizations, plotting, electronic file submissions, and daily backups. They conduct project model reviews and produce corporate CAD screenshots. AutoCAD managers also provide input in business development such as technology adoption, process modification, and system upgrades.
Education and Training Requirements
To become an AutoCAD manager, it is necessary to have a college degree or background in design, drafting, and CAD systems, as well as work experience that required supervisory responsibilities. Some employees may prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and at least 3 years of work experience. Other specific requirements may depend on the company, specialization and industry. Continuous education and training in technical design systems and other related technology will be beneficial.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
To become a successful AutoCAD manager, it is important to possess practical knowledge in business management as well as expertise in AutoCAD drawings, technical design documentation, and engineering specifications and procedures. An AutoCAD manager must also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, an aptitude for reading and writing technical documents, proficiency in computer hardware and programs related to engineering, design, documentation and presentation. He or she must also be analytical, organized, and detail-oriented.
AutoCAD managers typically work in well-lit, comfortable and highly equipped offices. They primarily work with computers, drafting equipments, and other office machinery. An AutoCAD manager works regular hours on weekdays with occasional weekend and extended hours. They may be required to travel from time to time in order to meet clients or attend conventions.
An AutoCAD manager may receive an average salary of $61,000 per year. The average salary can vary greatly depending on the company, its size, industry and location, as well as the employee’s level of experience and education.