SolidWorks is a leading CAD software used in the mechanical design industry. There are three levels of certification available for industry professionals.
- Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA): for students that finish a mechanical program.
- Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP): for people that have worked in the industry for a couple years
- Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE): for power users in industry.
At Globe University/NTI School of Technology, everyone attempts the CSWA at the end of their second quarter in the Engineering Drafting & Design (EDD) program. The CSWP is optional and can be taken by any current student or alumni at the end of each quarter.
Employers look for certifications because they demonstrate a level of proficiency with the software. This keeps employers from having to administer their own CAD knowledge exam. For this reason, it is a great idea to have one or more of these certifications on a resume, especially when a student is in search of their first industry position.
Engineering drafting and design program student, Vincent Ingvalson said, “I am excited to put it on my resume.”
“I’m excited to get it and now I feel like I can go get an internship,” Engineering drafting and design program student, Jason Vacca, added,
Last quarter, there were seven engineering drafting and design students that attempted the CSWA exam, and all of them passed. Many of them achieved a perfect score.
Engineering drafting and design program chair Dan Podzimek said that, “while we don’t teach to the exam, I think the high success rate shows that our students have a good working knowledge of the software.”