by Ryan Wunderlich, Support Specialist
If you’re a CAD manager, you know that you play a critical role at most design and engineering firms. Depending on the size of the company, however, CAD managers’ responsibilities can vary. At small companies, CAD managers wear many hats, while in larger companies they often have more defined managerial roles.
Across all types of organizations, successful CAD managers focus on seven functions:
- Planning. CAD managers develop short- and long-term CAD plans that provide adequate detail, without over planning.
- Organizing. Effective CAD managers organize standards, server and folder structures, supporting files, and archives. They may also organize staff, budgets, and processes.
- Leading. CAD managers focus their leadership efforts in five areas: tools, talent, technology, training, and time.
- Coordinating. One of the most important roles for CAD managers is orchestrating the flow of CAD-related work. This means scheduling software roll-outs and downtime, working with multiple teams, and adjusting deadlines as needed.
- Control. Measurement is the key to maintaining control. The best CAD managers track performance of people, technology, systems, standards, and expectations for CAD production timelines.
- Staffing. CAD managers should establish screening processes for new hires, get involved in the interview process, and participate in employee evaluations.
- Motivating. Motivating others is a proven way to encourage progress and spur teams to action. Savvy CAD managers focus on both extrinsic motivation (things outside people’s internal desires, such as pay or recognition) and intrinsic motivation (things related to people’s internal desires, such as the satisfaction one gets from a job well done).
IMAGINiT has worked with organizations of all sizes and in many different industry sectors to strengthen CAD managers’ skills. To learn more about what separates exceptional CAD managers from the rest, listen to our webcast “The Basics of Being a CAD Manager.” You will come away with an understanding of the soft and hard skills required to be the best, as well as new awareness of the pitfalls that can be avoided through productive interactions with IT and better management of licenses and assets.
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