Iím training a guy to draw store fixtures and millwork in CAD. He is fluent in AutoCAD and has been an engineer for years. I have successfully trained him to run the CNC router, but training him to do drawings has taken longer than I expected.
Has anyone had success in this situation? Did I underestimate the learning curve? Should I have started with a trained woodworker and taught him CAD?
We have trained four woodworkers to learn CAD. We had trouble training skilled draftsmen to learn the nuances of woodwork. Our senior engineer trains the staff every week on methods and practices. He started out as a CAD operator and another shop taught him casework detailing. I think the learning curve is a minimum of six months. It's a learning process every day.
There are indicators of who's worth the effort. The guys who learn fast are the ones who find time to take Community College courses after work; who have a computer at home and use it to learn. They'll be reading the industry magazines and buying Cadence. If they only draw at work, it's going to take a long time.