10 Replies Latest reply on Aug 16, 2012 4:00 PM by Gary Radish

    CSWP

    James Wheelock

      In the last month I have noticed a couple of jobs posted as "Must have CSWP". In the past I never saw that many companies were looking for those credentials. Has anyone  found that they are having problems getting a Job Interview without having a CSWP? Love to here what you think about the importance of a CSWP.

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          Kenneth Barrentine

          never seen it "required" for a regular mechanical designer/engineer.

          it might be required if applying to a VAR.

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              James Wheelock

              Nope. It was for a regular Mechanical designer. I hope this doesn't become the norm., because if most people are like me this doesn't really prove anything, but it does make more revenue for Solidworks.

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                  Jeff Holliday

                  At the company I work for, it only means I have a certificate on the wall and the pride that I took and passed the test. That does not mean that it does or does not prove anything. If you are satisfied in your ability and you are not competing for something (job, etc) that's a personal decision. If you are competing or trying to show a reason to advance, why not try the test? If you are good at using it, it will cost you (or your employer) $99 and you will likely pass. Your choice, but it is also a prospective employer's choice to choose their selection criteria.

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                    Dan Riffell

                    One could argue the same for any certification or degree.

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                        James Wheelock

                        Kenneth, here is the job description. It was through a recruiter.

                        Description:

                         

                        SolidWorks Designer/Developer – Custom Light Fixtures
                        With SolidWorks Certification, Strong Mechanical Aptitude
                        Manufacturing/Assembly Experience
                        Fasteners/Fittings, Assembly/Joining Techniques

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                    Alin Vargatu

                    James, there are more and more hiring managers who give preference to CSWPs and CSWEs. Most managers can figure out pretty fast if you are a specialist in their field (let's say hydraulics) but encounter difficulties in measuring your SolidWorks proficiency.

                     

                    Let's say they get 100 applications from people who say that they are experienced SW users and 5 of them are CSWP. At least those 5 can be considered to be above a given standard.

                     

                    Nobody wants to hire and fire, Also, nobody wants to spend time and money training a person who is not as proficient as he/she stated in his/her resume.

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                        James Wheelock

                        Thank you Alin. That was a very positive and informative reply. I guess at the time I asked the question I was only looking for feedback as to how many user's are actually seeing this requirement, but you have enlightened me as to the why.

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                        Gary Radish

                        The job I currently have you had to have a CSWP to apply they really wanted a CSWE.  I think it all comes down to a more motivated individual who is willing to do professional development to improve there skills.  Prior I used Sheet-metal 95% of the time so by becomeing certified I trained and learned parts of the program I never used before.  Took me a while but I finally got me CSWE in June.  As a manger I will look at a resume and everything is equal I would prefer the certified person over the non-certified just because they were willing to do something to better themself.

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                            James Wheelock

                            So Gary, I am guessing that you also had the motivation to get your Bachelors Degree in Engineering so you could better yourself?

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                                Gary Radish

                                Actually no I only have an Associates degree in CAD my work experience trumped the degree requirement!!! Even though I manage a group who have or are working toward there Master's Degree's. I am actually studing Project Management it is more related to what I do. Don't need an engineering degree I have enough people around me that have them.