I recently interviewed the talented AutoCAD instructor Jeff Bartels and asked him how he got involved with AutoCAD, with lynda.com, and what his recording process is like.
How did you get started with AutoCAD? Walk us through the story.
My big brother Jerry was the one who encouraged me to learn AutoCAD. He’s not really a “big brother” in the standard sense; Jerry is five minutes older than me. I am the middle child of triplets. It was around 1994 and at that time, Jerry was the CAD manager for a small civil engineering firm. He was also teaching AutoCAD courses in the evenings at Elgin Community College. I had always wanted to work in the field of Architecture or Engineering, so I attended his classes and after finishing, I began my career working alongside him as a member of his CAD staff. I absolutely loved my job. When I wasn’t using AutoCAD to produce construction drawings, I was reading AutoCAD reference manuals searching for tools that I could use for my projects. Over the years, I developed my skills and began teaching AutoCAD courses of my own, as well as providing on-site AutoCAD training for area businesses. At present time, I am the CAD manager at a civil engineering firm and I produce training videos for lynda.com.