Moraine Park instructor earns SolidWorks professional certification

by admin30. March 2008 19:00

A Moraine Park Technical College tool design engineering technology instructor has earned the right to place the title “Certified SolidWorks Professional” (CSWP) after his name.


For Kim Alan Olson of Sussex, Wis., who teaches at Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, it’s a step up from his previous Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) designation. To achieve CSWP status, Olson passed an advanced skills examination from SolidWorks Corp. that proved his ability to design and analyze parametric parts and assemblies using complex SolidWorks features. SolidWorks is a three-dimensional mechanical computer-assisted design (CAD) program used in by mechanical engineers and designers in manufacturing.

 Professional head shot of Kim Olson

Olson’s CSWP certification means that Moraine Park Tool Design Engineering Technology (formerly Tool and Die Designer) students, as well as those from business and industry, can be assured that their SolidWorks instruction will be offered by a qualified industry certified professional. CSWP isn’t an easy certification to attain.


“Earning the CSWP means additional respect in the local and national SolidWorks community, demonstrating a mastery of high-level standards established by the SolidWorks Corporation,” said Olson. CSWP certification also authorizes the use of official SolidWorks CSWP logos on business documents.


“Kim's expertise with SolidWorks and his reputation with the industry have been a factor drawing students to Moraine Park SolidWorks courses and to the Tool Design Engineering Technology program,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing and culinary arts. “The credential of Certified SolidWorks Professional brings with it a quality recognition that reinforces what Kim has been doing in the classroom. The industry standard raises the bar for quality and expertise for learners taking these courses. This in turn raises the level of expertise and efficiency, keeping Wisconsin manufacturers competitive and strong.”


According to a SolidWorks Corp. news feature, the Certified SolidWorks Professional Program is a proven method for evaluating and measuring professional competence and establishing industry standards of excellence in mainstream 3D modeling. To date, the CSWP Program is the only comprehensive certification program to address the mainstream 3D mechanical design market. The SolidWorks program uses both objective questions and a hands-on approach to evaluate a designer's knowledge of SolidWorks software as well as skills in capturing design intent.


For more information and a program video about Moraine Park’s Tool Design Engineering Technology associate of applied science degree, go to and click on Academics.Then click on Tool and Die Designer or Tool Design Engineering Technology.