“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer
One of our core values at Caliber is “learning is a must”. When we employ people, we look for that innate drive to acquire new knowledge and skills. Not everyone has that motivation, but it is safe to say that everyone at Caliber—engineers, support, and management—all strive to learn, and share their learning, to help lift themselves, the team, and the service we can provide our clients.
To support this core value, we encourage all members of our engineering team to sit certification exams for SolidWorks and Inventor.
These CAD exams encourage a well-rounded CAD skill set and demonstrate that a certain level of proficiency has been attained.
“The goal of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Program is that it establishes an Industry standard by which SOLIDWORKS professionals are evaluated. This evaluation is completed using a fair, comprehensive test of your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS both in the areas of Mechanical Design and Design Validation. Completing the evaluation will accomplish two goals. First, on an individual level, achieving certification establishes you as a highly competent professional in the use of SOLIDWORKS. Second, for the hiring managers, acts as a valuable assessment to attest for the individual’s competency, thereby reducing the amount of time and energy required to research prospective candidates.”
The SolidWorks Professional Program encompasses five exams—Mechanical Design, Sheet Metal, Drawing Tools, Weldments, and Surfacing. We have eleven engineers at Caliber who are accredited SolidWorks professionals.
Once those exams have been passed (80% or more required to pass), the next step is to become a Certified SolidWorks Expert. “A CSWE will be well rounded in their knowledge of all areas of the SOLIDWORKS software. A CSWE is able to solve practically any modelling problem given to them and is traditionally the go-to SOLIDWORKS user among their colleagues.” To date, four Caliber Design engineers are Certified Solidworks Experts. Kudos to Ivan Hein, Eddy van Oosten, Matt Evans, and Paul Hazelwood.
“The Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) is an advanced certification designed for professionals who possess expert-level knowledge of a tool and can solve complex challenges in workflow and design.”
Before becoming an Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP), engineers need to have gained 400 (minimum) to 1200 hours (recommended) hours of real-world Autodesk software experience. We are proud to have eight ACPs on our team.
The project-based engineering model that we operate under means our engineers must be top of their game. Being certified in the tools that we use is just one of the many assurances that we can offer our clients, which help our engineers hit the ground running and make a difference on every project.