Cherokee Trail Senior passes Solidworks Expert Exam

Chris Dosen

Like many of students, Chris Dosen, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School, has been taking many advanced tests in the last few weeks leading up to graduation. However, among the tests Dosen took was a very special industry certification — one that only a handful of people in the world have passed: The Certified Solidworks Expert (CSWE) exam. SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical computer-aided design software used by engineers and designers worldwide.

In order to be able to take the exam, Dosen had to pass five other certification exams first: Certified Solidworks Associate, Certified Solidworks Professional Core, Certified Solidworks Professional – Surfacing, Certified Solidworks Professional – Sheet Metal, and Certified Solidworks Professional  – Weldments.

According to Ben Nuebel, one of the two Pre-Engineering & Technology Education teachers at Cherokee Trail High School, “the SolidWorks Education Senior Sales Manager for the Western Americas has never heard of any other high school student attempting to take the Certified Solidworks Expert (CSWE) exam. What that means, then, is that Chris is very likely the very first high school student in the world to take this test.”

And take it he did. In fact, he passed the exam with a perfect score.

“Keep in mind,” Nuebel said, “that the CSWE exam is meant to be the most challenging exam SolidWorks offers. To put that in prospective, there are only 1,261 people in the entire world who have earned this this professional certification. From what I understand, most of these individuals are senior engineers and industry trainers.”

Next year, Chris will be attending California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA, where he will study mathematics.

Congratulations Chris for your outstanding performance and good luck in college next year!