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This post is one in a series by Jim Lucas, a CSWP on the road to the CSWE.
Three Step Plan to Pass the CSWE
- Gather the pre-requisites. You need to pass (3) intermediate tests in addition to the CSWP. The current list of intermediate tests are below. I have put them in order of difficulty. Surfacing has the most application to the final Certified SolidWorks Expert exam. The others will build your modeling stamina, but will not directly help on the exam. I suggest that you start with the easiest and most relevant to your interest & work, and proceed until you have finished three.
- Mold Design
- Sheet Metal
- Learn the tricks, there are a number of them on these exams. I submit that some of them are “bugs” that SolidWorks needs to fix. You need to know alternate ways to do things. You also need to not freeze and attempt the same solution if your current methodology doesn’t work the first time. If it took you less than 5 minutes, and it didn’t work- you should bail out and figure out another way of accomplishing it. The reason it’s important for you to know this NOW, is because you need to practice different ways of accomplishing the SAME thing. Do not avoid configurations or equations just because it’s easier for you figure stuff out on a scrap piece of paper.
- Get proficient at some hot keys. Just like Kobe Bryant doesn’t know every juke (only a few very well- like the cross-over) you don’t need to know every hot key, but there should be some in your arsenal. Read my article of top 10 speed moves and top 7 configuration settings. It will get you started in the right direction.
Let me know what your game plan is. I’d love to track it and hear about your progress.
Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE. He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development consulting company. He can be reached at Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com.