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  1. line

    line Guest

    Is AutoCad useful for E&E engineering? Isn't this software specializes for
    civil and mechanical engineering? Aren't Advance Design System, Pspice and
    ex-cetera capable enough to do E&E job? Some of the companies out there does
    require their applicants (E&E engineering) to know some knowledge of AutoCad
    as minimum requirement before hiring them.
     
  2. AutoCAD is used extensively in Electrical Engineering - wiring diagrams and
    site plans have to be done somehow. It may not be 3D drawing, but you still
    need something to do the job - drawing boards are long gone.

    Unless you are working specifically in Electronics, ADS and Pspice won't
    help one bit.

    Cameron:)
     
  3. Tom Grqyson

    Tom Grqyson Guest

    | "line" <none> wrote in message | > Is AutoCad useful for E&E engineering? Isn't this software specializes
    for
    | > civil and mechanical engineering? Aren't Advance Design System, Pspice
    and
    | > ex-cetera capable enough to do E&E job? Some of the companies out there
    | does
    | > require their applicants (E&E engineering) to know some knowledge of
    | AutoCad
    | > as minimum requirement before hiring them.
    |
    | AutoCAD is drafting software. You can buy plug-ins geared towards
    specific
    | disciplines or you can use it plain and customize it. Since something
    like
    | 80% of the world uses AutoCAD, and you have to be able to communicate
    | drawings electronically more and more, and you, as an engineer needs to
    | understand the basics of AutoCAD to use the tool, it is required my a lot
    of
    | employers.
    |
    | Sincerely,
    | Donald L. Phillips, Jr., P.E.

    Ditto to Dons comments.

    While on the subject, does anybody know a good place to look through some
    Electrical Engineering symbols. I seem to have found plenty where you can
    purchase them, but the problem is you really do not have very much of an
    idea as to what you are purchasing,

    I do not mind paying for my library, but I object to shelling out money only
    to find most of the symbols are of not much use to me

    Tom Grayson
     
  4. Dick Alvarez

    Dick Alvarez Guest

    line <none> at TMnet Malaysia wrote <<Is AutoCad useful for E&E
    engineering?>>

    That depends on what you do in E&E engineering.

    <<Isn't this software specializes for civil and mechanical
    engineering?>>

    Not at all. It has been *very* useful in my work on microwave
    hardware, antenna systems, system lay-outs ranging from small
    circuits through racks through block diagrams of buildings full of
    equipment, also test routines (e.g., temperature vs. time), even maps
    showing antenna locations. When I wanted test fixtures to be built,
    I used CAD to experiment with panel lay-outs until they looked good;
    then I drew 1-to-1-scale templates of the hardware mounting holes
    etc., taped those templates to the panels or chassis boxes, and
    center-punched right through the drawings. Generally, it was faster
    for me to do that sort of thing myself, than to tell the drafting
    department what I wanted, wait for them to get to it, and then work
    with them until it came out the way I wanted.

    <<Aren't Advance Design System, Pspice and ex-cetera capable
    enough to do E&E job?>>

    Some of those software packages are very good for their purpose.
    If you do circuit design, then probably you want something like that.
    AutoCAD does not replace them. AutoCAD does not do circuit analysis.

    <<Some of the companies out there does require their applicants
    (E&E engineering) to know some knowledge of AutoCad as minimum
    requirement before hiring them.>>

    That depends on the company's drafting department (if any), and on
    the conditions under which you may work. For example, if you need
    something in a big hurry, and the drafting department is busy on
    another hot project or has gone home for the night or week-end, and
    the customer is due in the next morning, and the world will come to
    an end if you don't have the work ready for him, then you may need to
    do a lot of things yourself.

    Suggestion: For electrical engineering, consider AutoCAD LT
    rather than full AutoCAD. AutoCAD LT probably will do everything
    that you want, and it is *much* less expensive than full AutoCAD,
    also easy to learn. And you can trade drawings fairly well with a
    drafting department that uses full AutoCAD. Talk to your company,
    and probably also to your company's Autodesk dealer, before deciding
    on AutoCAD LT, as there may be some minor incompatibilities over
    software release dates.

    AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT use a lot of computer memory, and require a
    fast computer in order to work at reasonable speed. You also may
    want a big plotter, rather than just a letter-size printer.
    Hopefully, you company will have all of that available.

    Dick Alvarez
    alvarez at alumni dot caltech dot edu
     
  5. line

    line Guest

    Wow! Thank you Cameron, Don, Tom and Dick for your respective invaluable
    suggestions and explanations. Well, I'm fresh graduate currently looking for
    a job, hence, I have no idea I will be more on electrical or electronic
    arena. Being fastidious will cut down the available choices. Since employing
    procedure takes almost a month to two months, learning AutoCad is set to
    continue (Learning was halted due to uncertain use of AutoCad in E&E field).
    Anyway, thank you very much for everyone aid.
     
  6. pkh

    pkh Guest

    In microelectronics (chip design), Cadence software is used extensively
    for schematic capture, simulation, layout, etc. Currently, it runs only
    on a Unix workstations and it's quite costly for a license (not
    something an individual or student is going to try to acquire). Microsim
    used to make the "Microsim Design Center", which had a nice GUI
    interface, and integrated the schematic capture tool with a pspice
    simulator and waveform viewer. I believe Cadence purchased Microsim,
    though, so I don't know what low-end PC CAD tools exist now for
    schematic capture and circuit sim. In it's day, Microsim had a free
    student version, and it was less than $1000 for a full version of it for
    the PC.

    I don't know anyone using AutoCad for microelectronics or pc board design.

    Regards,

    Paul
     
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