Penn College students earn industry certifications

August 02, 2018

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Engineering and industrial design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology proved their software acumen by passing prominent industry certification exams during the 2017-18 academic year.

Twenty-nine students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam, 14 students passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional test, and two students earned Autodesk Inventor certification.

“Encouraging students to obtain CAD certifications has become a practice within our department,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering and industrial design technology. “Their performance serves as an external validation of their skill sets, reflects their hard work in the classroom, and demonstrates sincere dedication to the field. The certifications certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

The exams require candidates to meet several hands-on challenges, representing various aspects of the software. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are two of several 3D modeling software applications employed by Penn College students seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology or industrial design or an associate degree in engineering CAD technology.

Engineering design technology students passing the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam as part of their second-semester coursework are: Shane T. Bowersox, Sunbury; Bryan A. Brennan Jr., Milton; Kevin W. Brewer, Newtown; Garrett D. Corso, Caldwell, New Jersey; Patrick A. Daugherty, Brogue; Matthew D. Gallagher, West Chester; Parker W. Givler, Duncansville; Bradley M. Haines, Mifflinburg; Truman W. Henne, Fredericksburg; Jason P. Hill, Allenwood; Brian D. Lock, Glenolden; Nathanael T. Morgan, Shirleysburg; Zach M. Pewterbaugh, Muncy; Zachary S. Rich, Middletown, New Jersey; Eric M. Spencer, Clarks Summit; Blake D. Thrush, Shippensburg; and John C. Yamoah, Upper Darby.

Engineering CAD technology majors who passed the test are: Blake A. Bennett, Pennsburg; Alexander S. Benscoter, Milton; Cody A. Brown, Le Raysville; Jason A. Delker, Hughesville; Glenn D. Ferry, Bloomsburg; Bobby W. Kemper Jr., Sharon Hill; Warren E. Knipe, Liberty; Scott T. Lamoreaux, Hershey; David P. Noble, Portage; Cassidy L. Roadarmel, Paxinos; Zachary F. Stanley, New Tripoli; and Curtis L. Swartz, Millheim.

The following engineering design technology students previously earned the associate credential and passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam: Nicholas R. Brown, Poplar Grove, Illinois; Tucker L. Stover, Mill Hall; Talal A. Almohaimeed, Williamsport; Jared T. Burrey, Lancaster; Thomas A. D’Arcy, Mechanicsburg; John P. Donovan, Warren; Nathaniel B. Durako, Drums; Matthew J. Horner, Marion; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven; Kyle W. Pfender, Langhorne; Francis J. Quigley, Coatesville; and Sabrina S. Toplovich, Spring Creek.

Dylan A. Bianco, of State College, and Joseph M. Johnson, of Jersey Shore, both engineering design technology majors, obtained their Autodesk Inventor certification.

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Last Updated August 02, 2018