FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A South Forsyth student has become the first in his school to earn the distinction of Certified SolidWorks Associate. Brian Shoffeitt earned the engineering award with a perfect score on the exam he completed Nov. 10 and 13.
Shoffeitt, 17, has been a part of the school’s engineering program since his freshman year and immediately jumped into the SolidWorks program.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with my hands and demonstrate what I’ve learned through hands-on projects,” he said.
The SolidWorks program is used to test skills in modeling and testing parts and machinery in the engineering field.
“It involves rigidly defining the shapes of parts so that they can be sent off to manufacturers,” Shoffeitt said.
He began using computer-aided design software to help him with the design of several projects for his class.
“I’m interested in the potential it has for helping me in my future career,” he said.
Shoffeitt said he thinks he will use SoldWorks or a similar program as he pursues his career path, in aerospace engineering.
He said he was excited when he discovered he had earned the award and he had felt a sense of accomplishment. At the same time, he added, he “felt fairly confident going into the test and the results were not very surprising. The Associate Certification means taking a step towards a career in engineering.”
Shoffeitt said he hopes the award will help land him an internship within his field of study. It will also give him a head start in college where he will use SolidWorks.
To achieve the award, students must take an exam that covers all of the technicalities of SolidWorks and the engineering field. To prepare, Shoffeitt used video tutorials and practice problems to strengthen his skills.
His hard work in engineering and preparation paid off because he now holds the lifetime certification of the SolidWorks 3D CAD software operation.
After college, Shoffeitt said he wants to earn a graduate degree in physics. After accomplishing these goals, Shoffeitt wants to work on different missions for interplanetary exploration with either NASA or another company.