Groups of people to be trained

Many people within the company need to be trained. The first group that comes to mind is the direct users of CAD/CAM/CAE. There will be analysts, engineers, drafters and designers working in different areas such as mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, hydraulic and electrical circuit design, NC part programming, sheet metal development, and piping layout.

The managers and supervisors of direct users will also need to be trained, as will those indirect users in areas such as purchasing and marketing, who make use of information generated on the CAD/CAM/CAE system. Those directly involved in supporting use of the CAD/CAM/CAE system, such as the CAD/CAM/CAE Manager and the CAD/CAM/CAE team members, will need to be educated. This group may also include company personnel who are selected to give CAD/CAM/CAE training and superusers who have a very good understanding of the system and can assist their colleagues.

Then there are all those in the company who appear to have no connection at all with CAD/CAM/CAE. It might be thought that there is no reason to train such people. On the other hand, there is little to lose by giving them a minimum of training, and everything to gain from the viewpoints of company image, company culture, and a better understanding of the company.

While some of these groups of people may only receive one type of training, others will receive, at different times, several types. As the company applies CAD/CAM/CAE to more application areas, so the number and variety of courses will increase.

It should not be forgotten that many of the people that need to be trained have not learned new skills for a long time and may find it hard to assimilate information. There will also be those who were not trained properly in the first place and experience problems even when working without CAD/CAM/CAE. Allowance should be made for this.

Training is not a theoretical exercise carried out with perfect students having identical and complete knowledge, experience, and skills. It is a very practical exercise involving real people in the real world. Even though there will be those who want to reduce training to the very minimum, it is best to train as many people as possible as broadly as possible. Although some of the training may be wasted, the overall effect on the understanding of CAD/CAM/CAE and on morale will be positive.

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