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jiklomiki83

I am going into my last year of ChemE, and I have an opportunity to get some experience doing some basic editing and plotting in AutoCAD for a wastewater plant. I have taken a pretty strong interest in this field in the past couple semesters, so I am very excited. The only problem however is that my AutoCAD experience is very limited. in my coursework I certainly have experience with reading PFDs and P&IDs, but I am worried my abilities to use the package. I am not afraid to learn - I believe I have the resources and the aptitude - however im worried about the ethics of telling said employer that I am comfortable with AutoCAD.

So my question is, to those in civil/water resources should I be confident in myself in being able to learn the packages quickly? the employer is someone who I do not want to burn a bridge with.

Thanks in advance.

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Honesty is always the best policy.  Tell the employer you have limited experience with AutoCAD but that you have confidence you can get up to speed quickly.  Ask for an agreed upon trial period in which to prove yourself.  You should also emphasis your experience in reading and understanding PFD's and P&ID's.  The employer will appreciate your honesty.  In the meantime, practice, practice, practice.

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I was kinda wondering what came of this (?)

Being able to read a drawing and make a drawing that is correct are two different things.

I once tried to fix my sewage system where it had failed and after not being able to get it to work correctly called a plumber. Needless to say I had placed a "tee" where I should have had a "Y" . 

It does go down hill but it doesn't take corners very well.

You can't learn AutoCad on the fly.

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I learned AutoCAD back when AutoDesk did not offer training and "experts" could be counted on one hand.  And yes, dinosaurs could be seen outside the window of my cave at the time.

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3 hours ago, RobDraw said:

 

I beg to differ. I've met quite a few people that learned "on the job".

This only applies if your boss can wait for you to learn. If someone is wanting results now then I don't think this approach will work.

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I'm sorry but you are mistaken, again. Until you know what the circumstances are, you probably shouldn't make statements like that. I've worked with some very intelligent people that could learn things super fast.

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Where I worked we had grad students come in for 3 months to get there work experience quota to come credentialed, they new very basic autocad we had to hold their hand but by the end of the 3 months we were giving them tasks and they were producing good work, obviously the task was appropriate to the skill level but it meant we did not have to do it and another project was completed. Around 50% were asked to stay on with us, the others did comment that they also got jobs as working for us was seen as a high quality employer on their resume. They were like a sponge and just soaked up what they were shown. "people that could learn things super fast."

 

So if it does not work out at the 1st employer just get up and try again.

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CyberAngel

Speaking as someone who had to learn Civil 3D "on the fly" (boss didn't want to spring for training), it can be done. You won't be laying out bridges and tunnels after one week, but you can pick up the basics on your own. Of course, it helps to know AutoCAD already.

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Started out using Softdesk 8 Civil & Survey running on top of AutoCAD 12, switched to Eagle Point running on top of AutoCAD before tackling AutoCAD Civil 3D many years later.

I've got AutoCAD down pretty good but still muddling along with Civil 3D. Spend more time working in Map 3D.

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