Shawn A. Budden came into the field of Autodesk Design software as Application Engineer for Vector Graphics Inc., a value-added reseller for Autodesk design products, that also provided training, technical support, IT services, animations, and design services for the manufacturing, architecture, and oil and gas industries throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Before Vector Graphics, he had over 20 years of experience in teaching. His last position in the education field was as the Director of the Academy of Engineering in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he developed the curriculum for drafting and design and Industrial Technology. He also did summer programs in 3D solid modeling for the Upward Bound program at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. These curriculums included extensive experience in 2D and 3D software programs and industry-based hands-on training. There, he also led the HUNCH project with NASA (a project which involved students in creating 3D prototypes and models for the space station and space vehicle hardware). As a dedicated proponent of the National Science Olympiad Program, he served as a coach for six years and the Louisiana State Director for four.
He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University and received his National Board Certification in the field of Science from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He is certified by the ADDA in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting as well as being certified by Autodesk in AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit software packages.
Today he uses his experience in 3D design and prototyping to contribute to 2D and 3D designs, for DIS-TRAN Steel where he in an Inventor Developer. This role includes streamlining and automating electrical transmission and distribution hardware designs using Inventor and iLogic within it. He also maintains his design/instruction consulting company, CADucator. He has been affiliated with Global eTraining (GeT) since 2016 and has developed a Plant 3D Course for them.