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*Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
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Any Autodesk AE type people out there?

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06-02-2003 05:19 AM
I suppose this is the best place to ask, I have been in talks with a local
reseller here to become their new Architectural Application Engineer. I was
wanting to find out from others in this or similar position what thoughts,
advice gotchyas, etc. Just so I can go into this new position with a little
of preparedness.

I have been using ACAD since release 9 and have been working largely in the
Architectural fields since 1985. I have an Associates degree in
Architecture. I have teaching experience both one on one and classroom
settings, and have served as Draftsman, CAD Manager and Project Manager at
several firms in the past.

I know I would need to first learn about the verticals (ADT, Bldg Sys) and
Revit, VIZ and MAX inside and out. what has been your experience in those
product lines? How are the Training Certification and Partner Service Exams?
I know, and I don't expect anyone to give me answers or test questions, nor
would I ever ask, but what would be the best road to travel to prepare for
these exams? How many of you are "self taught" vs. formally trained?

If not employed directly by ADESK, how large is the firm you are with? What
is your percentage of time between teaching/tech support/other
presentations? What kind of hours are you spending at the job "on the
clock"? Are you full time or part time/contract? If you are part time or
contract do you hold other positions somewhere? To start out with this will
be a contract position. And if you feel ok to answer, what kind of pay are
AE's receiving? And along the same lines, what kind of benefits do you
receive?

I appreciate any and all advice, encouragement, warnings anyone can give!

Thanks in advance!
Jared R. Finkenbinder
720-540-0700, 303-817-9004
mailto:lonewolf@ultra2k.com
*Myers, Ron
Message 2 of 8 (57 Views)

Re: Any Autodesk AE type people out there?

06-02-2003 07:58 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Jared,
You may or may not get all your questions answered publicly here, I for one
can tell you a couple of things to be prepared for. From 8/96 to 11/02, I
worked as a Mechanical A/E for 2 different resellers and a couple of the
most important things I would point out are as follows:
1. Be prepared to spend time off the clock preparing for demo's,
presentations and training. In my experience there is simply too much going
on at the office during regular hours to devote enough time if you really
want to be a good presenter. This will remain true even after you know the
software front to back. Simply because your best presentations for
one-on-one demos will focus the demo to the clients needs, and the software
changes so frequently, this is simply something you must be prepared to do.

2. Practice every presentation/demo, multiple times prior to going out to
the customer site. If anything can go wrong, trust me it will go wrong at
the customer or presentation site
.
3. Hopefully you will be teamed with a great Sales person, who realizes when
to talk and when not to, that goes the same for you. When in a client
meeting, remember the Account Manager is GOD and you are there to support
him/her. If you are teamed with a good sales person, they will think the
opposite, and present you that way to the customer. The bottom line is that
each of you must work as a team and edify each other.

4. When you start teaching, please for your own sake and the sake of the
students, KNOW THE MATERIAL. I for one can tell you from experience, the
hardest thing to do is TEACH a class. It is the most mentally training task
you will have as an A/E, however if done correctly can also be one of the
most rewarding.

5. Being an A/E can be one of the most fun positions in the world as long as
you like working with the software, like to deal with customers, and are
willing to work as a team with the sales person.

6. In the 7 years I worked as an A/E, I probably averaged about 60 hours per
week, but I was always paid a salary and when I needed time off, I took it
without any loss pay. This will entirely depend on who you work for. But
generally this position, should demand you be compensated and treated as a
professional, in a white collar position.

7. If you know the software, passing the exams are not difficult. In my 7
years, I never failed one, but I know A/E's that have.

8. Never think that you are required to know everything, but be able to
assure you clients that you can find an answer to their question or problem.
Sometimes the answer is good, sometimes it is not, but there should always
be an answer.

9. Represent your customer first, and Autodesk second. This means to always
place the customers needs and concerns first, and hopefully Autodesk will
have a solution to their problems.

That about covers the generalities, if you would like to contact me via
email you can certainly do so.

P.S. It can be a very rewarding career move!

Ron Myers
www.crware.com

"Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wolf Design" wrote in
message news:1B9646DB742A5F348AC8F80CC5E5AB89@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> I suppose this is the best place to ask, I have been in talks with a local
> reseller here to become their new Architectural Application Engineer. I
was
> wanting to find out from others in this or similar position what thoughts,
> advice gotchyas, etc. Just so I can go into this new position with a
little
> of preparedness.
>
> I have been using ACAD since release 9 and have been working largely in
the
> Architectural fields since 1985. I have an Associates degree in
> Architecture. I have teaching experience both one on one and classroom
> settings, and have served as Draftsman, CAD Manager and Project Manager at
> several firms in the past.
>
> I know I would need to first learn about the verticals (ADT, Bldg Sys) and
> Revit, VIZ and MAX inside and out. what has been your experience in those
> product lines? How are the Training Certification and Partner Service
Exams?
> I know, and I don't expect anyone to give me answers or test questions,
nor
> would I ever ask, but what would be the best road to travel to prepare for
> these exams? How many of you are "self taught" vs. formally trained?
>
> If not employed directly by ADESK, how large is the firm you are with?
What
> is your percentage of time between teaching/tech support/other
> presentations? What kind of hours are you spending at the job "on the
> clock"? Are you full time or part time/contract? If you are part time or
> contract do you hold other positions somewhere? To start out with this
will
> be a contract position. And if you feel ok to answer, what kind of pay
are
> AE's receiving? And along the same lines, what kind of benefits do you
> receive?
>
> I appreciate any and all advice, encouragement, warnings anyone can give!
>
> Thanks in advance!
> Jared R. Finkenbinder
> 720-540-0700, 303-817-9004
> mailto:lonewolf@ultra2k.com
>
>
>
>
>
*Dillon, Matt
Message 3 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-02-2003 10:54 PM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Listen to Ron. I can tell you from personal experience he is one of the best
AE's I have ever run across and it was a pleasure to work with him.

--
Matt Dillon
Assistant Moderator: Autodesk Discussion Forums


"Ron Myers" wrote in message
news:B29FDADA940BC0723646DC9FB06C1F96@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Jared,
> You may or may not get all your questions answered publicly here, I for
one
> can tell you a couple of things to be prepared for. From 8/96 to 11/02, I
> worked as a Mechanical A/E for 2 different resellers and a couple of the
> most important things I would point out are as follows:
*Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Message 4 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-07-2003 01:13 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Thanks Ron, Matt.

I have taken the job. Pay not great yet (as a contract position) but will
pick up soon!
Taking my AutoCAD 2004 PSE on Monday, ADT+BS 2004 PSE in a couple of weeks
(when I learn what I need to know for those programs).
Will Start teaching/support after passing PSE's (then I will start getting
paid!)

Jared R. Finkenbinder
Architectural Applications Engineer (in training)
CommTech

jaredf@aeconly.com


"Matt Dillon" wrote in message
news:293777E81E7D3A8BC619AEF7AC33B103@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Listen to Ron. I can tell you from personal experience he is one of the
best
> AE's I have ever run across and it was a pleasure to work with him.
>
> --
> Matt Dillon
> Assistant Moderator: Autodesk Discussion Forums
>
>
> "Ron Myers" wrote in message
> news:B29FDADA940BC0723646DC9FB06C1F96@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> > Jared,
> > You may or may not get all your questions answered publicly here, I for
> one
> > can tell you a couple of things to be prepared for. From 8/96 to 11/02,
I
> > worked as a Mechanical A/E for 2 different resellers and a couple of the
> > most important things I would point out are as follows:
>
>
>
*inc, chris yanchar - autodesk
Message 5 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-07-2003 01:50 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
FYI...take a look the past postings in the
autodesk.aec.arch-desktop.customer-gallery newsgroup since ADT 2004 was
released. There are many AVI's and screen captures showing the new
features. Just thought it might help you to get up to speed. :smileyhappy:

Cheers
--
chris yanchar | product designer
building solutions division
autodesk, inc.


"Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wolf Design" wrote in
message news:6B4E1B9C395A8140A60F3E9F998B88D5@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Thanks Ron, Matt.
>
> I have taken the job. Pay not great yet (as a contract position) but will
> pick up soon!
> Taking my AutoCAD 2004 PSE on Monday, ADT+BS 2004 PSE in a couple of weeks
> (when I learn what I need to know for those programs).
> Will Start teaching/support after passing PSE's (then I will start getting
> paid!)
>
> Jared R. Finkenbinder
> Architectural Applications Engineer (in training)
> CommTech
>
> jaredf@aeconly.com
>
*Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Message 6 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-07-2003 03:52 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Chris, have been viewing everything on the Autodesk/OTW site this week.
Didn't think to view content on these newsgroups as well. Thanks for the
sugestion, will look into it. BTW, my employer has Todd Hunter jetting out
this week to get me up to speed on the ADT/BS (is there a more proper way to
say Building Services other than BS? Don't want to sound disrespectful...)
stuff. Looking forward to meeting/working with him.

"chris yanchar - autodesk inc" wrote in
message news:85CAF8C2C29687197126FA204B490CEE@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> FYI...take a look the past postings in the
> autodesk.aec.arch-desktop.customer-gallery newsgroup since ADT 2004 was
> released. There are many AVI's and screen captures showing the new
> features. Just thought it might help you to get up to speed. :smileyhappy:
>
> Cheers
> --
> chris yanchar | product designer
> building solutions division
> autodesk, inc.

Jared R. Finkenbinder
Architectural Applications Engineer (in training)
CommTech

jaredf@aeconly.com
*Dillon, Matt
Message 7 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-09-2003 01:16 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Try "ABS" instead of "BS" ;-)

--
Matt Dillon
Assistant Moderator: Autodesk Discussion Forums


"Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wolf Design" wrote in
message news:BF159B5EB8C55262803AE3CC077C9DAC@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Chris, have been viewing everything on the Autodesk/OTW site this week.
> Didn't think to view content on these newsgroups as well. Thanks for the
> sugestion, will look into it. BTW, my employer has Todd Hunter jetting
out
> this week to get me up to speed on the ADT/BS (is there a more proper way
to
> say Building Services other than BS? Don't want to sound disrespectful...)
> stuff. Looking forward to meeting/working with him.
>
> "chris yanchar - autodesk inc" wrote in
> message news:85CAF8C2C29687197126FA204B490CEE@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> > FYI...take a look the past postings in the
> > autodesk.aec.arch-desktop.customer-gallery newsgroup since ADT 2004 was
> > released. There are many AVI's and screen captures showing the new
> > features. Just thought it might help you to get up to speed. :smileyhappy:
> >
> > Cheers
> > --
> > chris yanchar | product designer
> > building solutions division
> > autodesk, inc.
>
> Jared R. Finkenbinder
> Architectural Applications Engineer (in training)
> CommTech
>
> jaredf@aeconly.com
>
>
*Wedding, James
Message 8 of 8 (57 Views)

Re:

06-09-2003 04:02 AM in reply to: *Design, Jared R. Finkenbinder - Lone Wo
Yeah, it's always good to think of it as Autodesk's BS.


--
James Wedding, P.E.
IT Manager
Jones & Boyd, Inc.
Dallas, TX
jwedding@*NOSPAM*jones-boyd.com

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