Every CAD Manager wears
multiple hats. Here are a few that you may wear from
time to time...
The CSI hat - no not the one on TV. This stands for CAD
This is a hat that you may never take off. You are called upon to
find flaws in your CAD files and to figure out how to fix them.
Some times you may be investigating the file itself, but more often you
will need to interrogate the user to find out what happened. The
focus here should be on finding the answer and fixing the problem, not
trying to lay blame. This hat may require you to use your best
people skills and also you technical skills.
The MacGyver's hat - The next hat may look like it belonged to
of you may recall the TV show where Angus MacGyver was able to create a
rocket launcher from a ball point pin, TUMS antacid chews and duct tape.
This hat is required by every CAD Manager that has
to figure out how o get a bad CAD file to plot. Who have to
somehow move all of the reference files for a whole project from one
location to another. Who are called on to "make it work" as the
client sits in the conference room waiting.
Bullwinkle "ears" - This one is here because we need to always be
ready to say "watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat" without it being the
Bullwinkle Moose was not the brightest person in
the room, but he never gave up trying. He would not let any
predicament get the better of him. As CAD Managers we are to never
give up. We can fix things or develop a work around to get past
The Felix the Cat Hat – He had a magic bag of tricks
Am I dating myself with all of the "old school"
cartoons? Felix had a bag of tricks and many times the CAD Manager
is expected to have a similar bag of tricks. Whenever Felix got
into a jam he would open his bag and out would pop something that saved
the day. For a few items that
I think should be in your bag check out the
CAD Manager's Bag of Tricks
There are many more hats that a CAD Manager
wears which could include:
Corporate Body Guard (Enforcer Hat)
But above all of these hats I think you should always maintain the one
hat the focuses every other hat you need to wear – the Servant's hat.
Because you are here to serve others, help others, support others and
expand the understanding of CAD.