Neosys taught me a couple things -
1. I’m really good at drafting.
2. I’m good at teaching people.
3. I have to work for a company that embraces progress.
Now, a brief description of my responsibilities -
I managed the team that was responsible for the Standardization Project as well as interacted with all the engineers at each plant. This was the project:
The USPS has 250ish processing plants across the country. These are giant facilities where the mail is sorted. Each one of these has corresponding AutoCAD drawings. These drawings are broken up into different themes, for example there’s an architecture drawing that gets referenced into the workroom floor drawing. The reason for this is because having all the necessary information in one drawing is too much and it’s best to reference other drawings so that if something changes in one, there’s no need to update all the drawings. In any case, I was in charge of the project to standardize all these drawings as well as to create several themes of drawings such as a space management drawing, emergency evacuation routes, and signage.
This project also required having a kickoff meeting every Monday with a new site. They would give over their current drawing set to be cleaned up and appended.
Much of the work mentioned above was delegated but there remained a healthy 8 hours per day that I took care of. I was responsible for making sure all the layers were standard names / colors / linetypes, as well as making sure all the blocks were blocks from the official library. This was important because all the utilities that Neosys wrote needed the official blocks in order to run properly. While drawings were not only standardized, many of them were drawn in a sloppy way that had to be cleaned up. This meant going in to a drawing and making EVERY corner line up or deleting 15 copies of a window or a door directly over itself. Granted, there were tools to help with this and these examples are those of the worst of the mistakes we fixed, but I can say without a doubt that when it comes to having a properly drawn AutoCAD drawing, I’m really good at it.
About 9 weeks per year part of my work was to help teach postal engineers how to do do everything I mentioned earlier. My role was to help the students who got lost during the exercises in class as well as host tutoring sessions after class.