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Computer Aided Design (CAD) : Eligibility & Selection

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Formal technical training in computer aided design (CAD) programmes is a vital part to built up a career in this field. CAD courses explore the latest tools and techniques of the software package covering all draw commands and options, editing, dimensioning, hatching and plotting techniques available. 

Many institutes offer exclusive programmes in various CAD/CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) software's such as AutoCAD, CNC, Pro/E, CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application), UG (Unigraphics) etc. as well as Diploma in CAD, which covers various computer aided designing concepts, and also important CAD softwares. Eligibility criteria for the CAD courses varies depending on the institutes, but for Diploma course it is usually a Diploma/Degree in Mechanical /Production / Automobile/Plastic / Electrical Engineering. For CAD programs based on AutoCAD, the eligibility is ITI-D/Man or Diploma/Degree in Mechanical/Civil/Architecture/Interior Design. Candidates with plus two also have an option for studying Engineering Drawing with CAD.

To become an expert CAD professional, one should possess graduation in engineering. Some reputed institutes, teach CAD software as part of their curriculum along with their 4 years bachelors degree course. 

CAD programs are also available as two year post graduate programmes i.e M.E or M. Tech in CAD/CAM which focus more specifically on the technical aspects of the discipline. The eligibility for post graduate programme is normally graduation in engineering. Apart from B.Tech. / B.E. / A.M.I.E., some institutes accept B.Sc. (with mathematics or statistics or computer science or physics as a compulsory subject) / B.C.A. / bachelors degree holders in environmental or disaster management / B.A. or B.Sc. (with geography or geology honours) qualified candidates. After PG, one can opt for specialised CAD software, depending on their areas of interest and their profession. 

Aspirants should always make sure that the courses offered are accredited programs that offer the latest in software and equipment. Usually CAD programmes are offered for a short period ranging from 3 months to 6 months up to 1year. These programmes are designed to provide the basic technical background necessary to produce mechanical drawings using both manual and computer-aided drafting techniques. However, Postgraduate program in CAD are of two year duration.

Personal Attributes :

Besides educational qualification, one should have a thorough knowledge about the field of computers. Drawing skill is an essential attribute needed in the profession of CAD, as it mainly deals with designing layouts and sketches. It is a field which requires the combination of logical thinking, creativity and artistic skills. CAD professionals must possess strong technical, analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills. They must be able to execute all types of 2D and 3D design modifications and geometry analysis. In addition to these, candidates should have good mechanical and mathematical skills. As CAD is a technology based field, individuals who have taken CAD as their career, has to update their knowledge on a regular basis.  

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