Training the CAD/CAM/CAE Manager and team

In many CAD/CAM/CAE installations the responsibility for management of the system rests with the engineering staff (and not with the IS department). Whoever has the job of taking back-up copies of the data, managing the use of passwords, starting and stopping the system, and ensuring that maintenance is carried out regularly must have the appropriate training. This training is invariably provided by the system vendors and is often included in the purchase price. Courses are usually 3 to 5 days long. This training should take place at the time of system installation.

The CAD/CAM/CAE Manager and all members of the CAD/CAM/CAE support team should have detailed knowledge of the system and know how to operate it and how to carry out application tasks with it. Otherwise they will not be able to provide suitable service to the users. Some of them will need to have in-depth knowledge of the system, particularly if it is relatively complex and modifications or interfaces are to be made.

Much of the required system management knowledge will not come from the formal course, but from individual learning, often acquired online while solving problems with the system. The CAD/CAM/CAE Manager may decide to hold informal meetings at which system management experience can be shared.

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