In EPICS I, students are taught to provide a solution for the engineering challenge through propagation of conceptual ideas. Since naturally people learn and gather information from auditory, visual and kinesthetic engagement, it is important for our students as future engineers/applied scientists to be able to communicate visually what their ideas are in a creative yet professional way. SolidWorks by Dassault Systemes enables students to enhance their technical communication skills via 3D design, and make their conceptual ideas come to life. The software is very versatile and it is championed in many different industries – from electronics; engineering and construction to oil and gas; energy, plant and processes. Mainly because SolidWorks delivers a rich set of tools that are integrated, powerful, and intuitive to use. In the education industry, SolidWorks has the suite of tools for design, communication, testing and analysis. But furthermore, it advocates for the relevancy of math, science and engineering through show of creative modelling and visualization.
Many of our students have the aptitude and interest to excel in their SolidWorks skills (sample of students’ work). Hence, for more than 4 years, almost each semester we offer students an opportunity to be certified at no cost. We are able to do this because we are part of the SolidWorks Academic Certification Provider. This certificate is an industry standard engineering design competency exam, proving job ready skill sets. Our recent “Certified SolidWorks Associate” exam in the Spring 2014 semester peaked in students’ interest, as there were 85 students who received this certificate. Overall, we have documented 393 students who have passed this certification exam.
Considering EPICS I is the gateway to all engineering and applied science majors on campus, our goal is to have a SolidWorks community that continues to work on improving and supporting the 3D design skills of all our students on campus. We believe students from all majors will benefit from having these skills and competency. For more information about our SolidWorks unit at EPICS, you may contact our team here.
Fall 2016 Graphics Office Hours (by Undergraduate Teaching Assistants)
|Monday, Tuesday, Friday||4:00 PM - 8:00 PM||CTLM 129|
|Wednesday||4:00 PM - 8:00 PM||CTLM B60|
|Thursday||4:00 PM - 8:00 PM||CTLM B56|
No office hours during official campus closure due to holidays and spring break or unforeseen events like weather.