Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their workforce acumen by earning industry certifications related to computer-aided design.

The students — representing three majors from the School of Engineering Technologies — passed exams dedicated to SolidWorks, a prominent 3D CAD software tool. The tests require candidates to meet several hands-on challenges, representing various aspects of the software.

Nine students became certified SolidWorks associates and four others earned SolidWorks professional certification. Both certifications offer proof of SolidWorks expertise. The “professional” designation is for those who have successfully demonstrated advanced skills.

“We always encourage students to seek CAD certifications,” said Craig A. Miller, instructor and department head of engineering and industrial design technology. “Obtaining the certifications reflects the skills and dedication that employers want to see. Without a doubt, the certifications help students stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

Students passing the certified SolidWorks professional exam were: Dustin Buchanan, Shinglehouse; Riley C. Cotner, Muncy; Leander M. Shaffer, Lewisburg; and Mark A. Turek, Red Lion. All four students are majoring in engineering design technology.

Industrial design students who passed the SolidWorks associate exam were: Dylan R. Baley, Corning, New York; Graham E. Burnett, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey; Jeremy R. Draper-Bell, Bath, New York; Alexander G. Geyer, Montoursville; Andrew J. Goth, Emmaus; and Cameron P. Reese Jr., Collegeville.

Manufacturing engineering technology students Kevin M. Hoffman, Manasquan, New Jersey, and Gavin M. Orr, Columbia Cross Roads, also passed the exam, as did mechatronics student Levi E. Pomeroy, Dillsburg.

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