Advice for entering a CAE field
I was wondering if any of you in industry would have words of advice for a soon-to-be-grad in an unfortunate predicament. I have been working predominantly with Ls-Dyna for the last couple of years at school. Unfortunately, I have come to feel like the work I do is not nearly on par with the standards that will be expected of me in industry, especially when it comes to meshing. Which I know is vague, but this whole situation makes me pretty sad so I'd rather not identify anymore.
So a big thing I have been wondering is if extracurricular things like personal FEA projects or attending workshops carry any weight or if it is more "academia or bust" when it comes to showing experience. Also, more specifically I am curious about automotive / crash testing CAE.
To anyone that takes the time to read this, thank you!
As every individual is unique and walk their own path, I will be speaking solely from my experience.
For my first full time job, I had a long and tiresome hiring process. Almost every company I applied to as a structural analysis engineer had me show up with a suit and talk to an HR person about my hobbies, my grades, if I had failed any classes, even my highschool grades etc. etc. except this one company. They, instead, had me solve an engineering test, do analytical and numerical solutions of a simple process and bug-fix on the spot. They didn't ask nearly anything about my academic past. They just wanted to see if I could do what they wanted. Easy to say that was the hardest application I had and I was fairly certain I had not gotten the job. But they called me 2 weeks later and accepted me.
I have many friends who made their way to the FEA scene starting from a succesful interview with HR bu
your statement that companies use primer / hyperworks tools ONLY is partially correct. while many automobile companies use mentioned tools in addition to Ls-prepost, there are many other domains ( like Aerospace , Bio engineering , Marine engineering , heavy industries ) that predominantly use Ls-prepost.
Also for you other part of the query :
For Analysis : learning Python integrated with Abaqus is a powerful combination( demand is soaring in recent times).
For Meshing : ICEM CFD , ANSA is also recommend
Sounds like I still can't go wrong by following the keep learning narrative. These responses have gotten me thinking more about conveying software knowledge.
What types of strategies have you all used/heard of other people using to express expertise for the more artistic sides of CAE? I have always felt like the lines on a resume that say: "Experience: Hypermesh" could mean anything from a masterpiece to Lara's 1996 glass cutters that ipetcatbutts mentioned.
I guess what I am trying to ask is if anyone has found it useful to talk about specific meshing tools or strategies you have used within a program or might there be a benefit to something like a portfolio?
@geardyn-1 If you don't mind me asking, I am also curious about other ways industry uses scripting. At the moment I only use Matlab for slightly editing/running simulations and plotting basic response curves like acceleration and such. Are there any other neat things you use it for? I have been seeing more and more of the data-driven model development content being created, but it is within commercial interfaces usually.