Vertical Technologies AutoCAD Training

The Staff of Vertical Technologies Training


Elliot J. Gindis – President & Lead AutoCAD Instructor

Elliot Gindis has been an AutoCAD designer, consultant and instructor since 1996, logging in 40,000+ hours of AutoCAD screen time and over 18 years of classroom and corporate training. From 1999 until 2006 he was a part-time AutoCAD instructor for the prestigious PRATT Institute of Design and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), both in New York City, and has also taught for Netcom Information Systems, RoboTECH CAD Solutions, Future Media Concepts and CDM (all located in New York and New Jersey) from the late-90’s onward.

As a freelance AutoCAD consultant, his drafting/design experience took him into a wide variety of fields including most aspects of architecture, interior and building design to electrical, mechanical, civil, structural, aerospace, and rail design. These teaching and drafting/design assignments, including lengthy stays with IBM and Siemens Transportation Systems, total over 60+ organizations and companies to date.

Elliot’s teaching experience (and hand written class notes) provided the initial seed for his textbook. The first “Up and Running with AutoCAD” textbook was published in 2010, and the series is now in the 10th edition with the release of the 2019 textbook. Elliot holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Mercer University. Elliot has lived in the New York City and Atlanta areas before moving to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. His corporate training territory for VTT covers most of southern California and surrounding regions.


Chris C. Ramirez – Vice-President & AutoCAD Instructor

Chris Ramirez has been an AutoCAD designer/drafter and consultant to architects in the New York City area for over twenty years, logging about 40,000+ hours of AutoCAD screen time. He is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) with 12 years of classroom teaching experience and corporate training. Chris is also a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) and A+ certified in PC upgrade and repair.

His clients included NBC/Universal, Siemens, AVF Design, RM Architects and Boyce Technologies among many others. Chris is a part-time instructor at the prestigious PRATT Institute of Design and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and has taught for Netcom Information Systems and several other training centers. Chris is the only VTT staff member certified to teach AutoCAD for the Mac, and also has extensive Revit experience.

Chris holds a B.S. in Architecture from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College and joined Vertical Technologies Consulting & Design in 2004. His training territory covers the “Tri-State” area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) as well as occasional nation-wide assignments. He is  a life-long resident of Brooklyn, NYC, and is fluent in Spanish.


Robert C. Kaebisch – AutoCAD Instructor

Robert has over 25 years of AutoCAD experience, dating back to Release 10.  Most of his drafting work has involved architecture, interior design, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and other construction related industries, from schematic designs through full construction documents.

Robert has over 16 years of teaching experience, starting in 2001 with ITT Technical Institute in the school of Design and Drafting.  In 2008 he became a full-time instructor in Gateway Technical College’s Architectural-Structural Engineering Technician program and he continues architectural design and consulting, including AutoCAD and Revit software training.

Robert holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has maintained his architect’s license since 2005, as well as his technical college teaching license in WI, and national certifications in both AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit. Robert Kaebisch is the new co-author of Elliot’s “Up and Running with AutoCAD” textbook series. He also joined VTT as a freelance AutoCAD corporate trainer in 2017, focusing on the Chicago and Milwaukee, WI area, where he resides.

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