Penn College students obtain industry certification

May 26, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — More than two dozen Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their industry acumen by earning key certifications related to computer-aided design.

The 27 students — representing five majors from the School of Engineering Technologies — passed demanding exams devoted to SolidWorks, a prominent computer-aided design and engineering program used in manufacturing industries worldwide.

“Passing SolidWorks certification tests demonstrates proficiency with the software that appeals to potential employers,” explained Craig A. Miller, instructor and department head of engineering and industrial design technology. “When combined with the extensive practical experience students receive at Penn College, certification gives them an advantage when competing with graduates from other institutions for employment.”

Matthew R. Swartz, of West Hartford, Connecticut, who is seeking a bachelor’s degree in applied technology studies, passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam, which is geared to advanced users of the software.

The other students obtained SolidWorks CSWA Certification by proving their mastery of basic skills required by the software. Those students are: 

— Engineering design technology: Zak W. Anderson, Sunbury; Ryan M. Bower, Montoursville; Austin M. DeLong, Pittsburgh; Dillon J. DeWitt, Oakland, Maryland; Preston J. Evey, Lamar; Marshall W. Fowler, Perkasie; Tyler J. Gustafson, Warren; Carl Kapuschinsky Jr., Hazleton;  Jacob A. Klinger, Whitehall; Jorden Klingler (also earned Additive Manufacturing Certification in SolidWorks), Mifflinburg; Bradley W. Murphy, Milton; Bryce A. Neff, Mill Hall; Spencer D. Price, Smyrna, Delaware; Alex G. Roberts, Tyrone; Kyle J. Runyon, Fayetteville; Eli R. Rush, Elysburg; Chaz Surman, Marlboro, New Jersey; Michael A. Sydor III, Reading; and Matt W. Voland, Woodstock, Maryland.

— Industrial design: Kyle Benton, Potomac, Maryland; Nick A. Flores, Alexandria, Virginia; Perri Leslie-Wheat, Millheim; and Maxine E. Zglinicki, Norristown.

— Engineering CAD technology: Hunter J. Galkowski, Halifax, and Andrew J. Serres, Hershey.

Manufacturing engineering technology: Angel D. Cruz, Allentown.

"We are quite proud of all of these students,” Miller said. “Their performance on such tests validates our instructional approach and demonstrates that we are equipping them for successful careers in industry.”

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Last Updated May 26, 2021