Learning How to Use CAD

Obviously if you are a modern engineer then one of the most critical concepts is learning how to efficiently and effectively employ the tools of modern technology. You are not competing against guys who use drafting tables and that sort of thing, you have to be able to use computers and software which is going to assist you in Computer Aided Design. We have a huge CAD library at the school of engineering and there is a lot more that you can learn about it than one person is going to be able to absorb in the time that I have available to me. It is an immensely complicated and broad topic, because obviously it is applicable to almost any sort of engineering or design project that could be imagined. If you want to design a house, then the most effective way to do it is to use a computer. In fact you can use Virtual Reality to see what it is like to be inside the house your designed without building it.

That is a pretty big deal in fact, because it allows you to see where you need to make changes. For example when they design navy ships they often use VR to figure out if people are going to hit their heads on pipes. They used to figure out stuff like this all of the time, but they would find out by actually hitting their heads upon the pipes after they had built the ship. That means that you pay to do something the wrong way and then after that you have to pay again to fix the problem. If you can look at the problem in a virtual world, then that saves you the cost of fixing it in the real world. You just make the needed changes to the design.