Program for displaced workers promises ‘no engineer left behind’

SolidWorks 3D CAD software reseller to invest in manufacturing communities in eight Midwestern states.
By Control Engineering Staff January 20, 2009

Troy, MI – Fisher/Unitech, a reseller of Solidworks 3D CAD software, has pledged $250,000 worth of software and training to assist out-of-work engineers in eight Midwestern states. The No Engineer Left Behind program will provide qualifying engineers the opportunity to gain industry skills via a three-step process: attend a three-day Introduction to SolidWorks course, receive an evaluation copy of SolidWorks 2009 Office Professional 3D CAD software for skill enhancement, and potentially be placed at a Fisher/Unitech customer site for an unpaid 30-day internship. 

The company estimates its investment in this program to be over $250,000 of in-kind value. The program is a free service available to displaced workers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas. Candidates must be unemployed due to downsizing as a result of the economy. www.funtech.com/s.nl/sc.8/category.2476/ctype.SS/SS.2476/.f .

Acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and candidates must meet the qualifications of being displaced within the previous 12 months from a position where they were using either 2D or 3D CAD tools, company says.

Fisher/Unitech has scheduled its Introduction to SolidWorks course in each of its ten branch offices, one per month February through April 2009, reserved strictly for this program.

“We are very proud to announce our programcustomers. We appreciate the incredible positive response we have received from them.  Their provision of internships and software will allow displaced engineers to gain valuable field experience with new technology.” 

Fisher/Unitech provides product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company also provides Web-based delivery of education programs through

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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