AutoCAD vs. ProEng.
I am a junior at PSU majoring in MET. I have used AutoCAD for 4 years on the job and Pro/E for about 3 years in college. AutoCAD is a great 2D design tool, however 3D is tedious and cumbersome. Pro/E on the other hand is a very powerful 3D design and analysis tool that has an abundance of features. AutoCAD does not compare to Pro/E, in any sense of the word. It is like comparing apples and oranges. Pro/E is difficult to learn, but once you become familiar with its logic, you should have no problem. I also have about 2 years experience with Solidworks on the job. Solidworks is by far easier to learn than Pro/E, with almost as many features as Pro/E. Solidworks is a very user friendly package and costs considerably less than Pro/E, but at the loss of some of the more advanced analysis tools.