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The Year of Engineering An Insight into the Role of Our MFG Application – 22 February 2018

Here at Cadspec, we have a great team of application engineers with a high degree of industry knowledge and experience. We’d like you to meet Shaun, one of our Software Application Engineers. Shaun has been with the team for 3 years and has successfully trained many candidates in a range of different CAD software solutions. Read on to discover more about Shaun’s role as Application Engineer at Cadspec!

What influenced you take up a career as an Application Engineer?

I was always interested in design at school so it seemed like a good way to follow through with a subject I enjoyed by taking up a design apprenticeship. My role involved using CAD software to solve various manufacturing problems by designing and modelling parts for heavy machinery.

I spent  a couple of years training apprentices myself then decided to take my role one step further and become a full time design engineer with Cadspec where I get the opportunity to design and train delegates in CAD software.

What does your role here at Cadspec entail?

My role at Cadspec covers three particular areas including Training, designing and consulting. In terms of training, It can be varied so sometimes it will be a one on one session with an individual who’s looking to gain a specific set of skills for a designated industry use with CAD software, and sometimes I’ll have a group of up to 9 people training in an Autodesk software. Our essentials skills courses are highly popular with many companies where I teach general tips and tricks as well as how to navigate and make the most out of their software. We also offer some advanced courses for specialised uses of the software within the AEC and MFG industries.

When I’m not training I’m usually designing parts for customers in a variety of programmes including AutoCAD, Inventor and Netfabb. Designs can be for a variety of purposes from parts to be 3D printed, heavy metal, jigs and fixtures or for research and development purposes.

I also visit a handful of our clients to offer consulting services within the MFG industry. Some of the projects I’ve worked on include improving workflow efficiency, providing solutions to companies who have workflow issues with heavy machinery and improving product yields.

It’s the variety of the role that I really enjoy as I get to be involved in the different stages of the manufacturing process. No project is ever the same, which makes for a demanding yet interesting role that always keeps me on my toes.

What is the most challenging engineering project you’ve been involved in?

I would say it was a project I was involved in a few years back where I was tasked with redesigning a mould flow system that would increase the yield by 20% of the product. It was particularly difficult, as we largely had to keep most of the same components and flow rates while testing with molten metal. It was a great project to work on and provided a real challenge which I enjoyed solving.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I really enjoy the variety of my role from day to day. I could be teaching someone how to test the strength of their component one day then training a group of people on Autodesk Inventor the next.

My role allows me to be involved in a number of things I enjoy and it’s always a bonus to be able to have a career in something you would also consider as your hobby.

2018 is the Year of Engineering. What advice would you give to young people who are thinking of a career in engineering?

It’s really important in today’s competitive market to get as much experience as you can, even if it’s something simple like taking apart a bike and putting it back together or changing a drillbit in a cordless; you’d be surprised how many people can’t do those things.

There’s also many opportunities for placements, apprenticeships and internships for students, especially as it’s the year of engineering government campaign which has created a heightened awareness of our need for future engineers. I would recommend seeking out these opportunities, all you need is a great attitude towards learning and to show you have a real passion for the line of engineering you’re interested in.

What are your thoughts on Industry 4.0, and how do you think it will affect your role in Engineering moving forwards?

It will be interesting to see what happens with Industry 4.0. I think the use of Big Data as well as being able to receive instant feedback will be a game changer for both the AEC and MFG industries. By being able to receive these vast amounts of information almost instantaneously, it enables us to design much faster than we previously could. You don’t have to wait around for data input which will mean more rapid design development and greater chances to deliver preventative maintenance.

Therefore, I see industry 4.0 being a streamlined, fast paced and highly efficient environment with some exciting future developments ahead!


Here at Cadspec, we have a fantastic team of engineers working with our customer’s to offer bespoke training and consultancy within the AEC and MFG industries. Whether you need some outside input to increase efficiency or an asset management solution, the diversity of our team mean we are able to facilitate best use of the latest technologies that will drive your business into industry 4.0, whilst retaining an understanding and appreciation for the changes you face, thanks to our 53-year heritage in the design office.

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