To start off, this is a question, but there's no definitive answer, so I posted it as a discussion.
I've been a fabricator, CNC Laser/Plasma programmer, and an automotive technician for twenty years. It's time for me to slow down on the more labor intensive industries. With the CNC Laser/Plasma programming experience, I have a lot of 2D CAD experience. I'm trying to self teach myself 3D CAD, and currently working towards taking a CSWA-Mechanical test for Solidworks.
I already have an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology, and a One Year Technical Certificate in Welding Technology. At this point in my life, I do not intend to go back to school for either another two year degree at my local Community College for drafting, or go on to a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering.
What is some career advice for getting into a drafting position for a self taught person?