Whether you’ve been a design engineer for one year or 20, you likely have areas of expertise. For example, you might know all of the tricks for designing sheet metal parts. Or maybe you can simulate stresses on an assembly with ease. Though you might be a pro in some areas, if you’re being asked to design with materials or processes you haven’t worked with before, you might need some training to get acclimated with new-to-you features.
PTC University to the rescue! PTCU provides training opportunities that allow you to build on-demand skills and become a leader within your organization—and beyond.
Keep reading as PTC University Training Delivery Supervisor, Massimo Colombo, shares how Creo courses helped him level-up his own career.
Thanks for meeting today, Massimo. To start, can you share a bit about your background and how long you’ve been teaching courses with PTC University?
I’ve been teaching courses on PTC technologies for almost 10 years. Before I joined PTC, I worked as a senior mechanical design engineer for several notable multinational enterprises.
Currently, I supervise PTC University’s EMAI Delivery Team, which is comprised of instructors from Romania, Germany, France, India, and Italy. Additionally, I continue to teach full-day private courses for Italian customers.
What made you decide to transition from being a design engineer to a PTCU instructor?
During my time working as a design engineer, I took PTC courses when I wanted to learn new skills. For example, I took courses about working with sheet metal, piping, mechanisms, and more. I found there wasn’t anything outside of my expertise because I could take PTCU courses to learn about any features that were unfamiliar to me. The courses really helped me excel in my career. My experience leveling up my own career with training made me a natural fit as a PTCU instructor.
Online training offerings—like the virtual instructor-led courses offered by PTCU —provide a great deal of flexibility to students. Students can take courses on many topics, and they can take them from anywhere they can find an Internet connection. These courses are a hybrid between classroom and fully virtual online courses. They’re online, but they’re led by an actual instructor who is live and available to provide feedback and answer questions immediately during the course.
Why do you think someone should choose to take PTCU courses, versus taking training somewhere else?
One thing to consider is the rich portfolio of courses we offer on Creo, Windchill, ThingWorx, and more. The half-day classes are available on a wide variety of topics, and more are continually being added. They are interactive and include real-world, hands-on exercises and design challenges.
Training classes are intentionally kept small, which makes it easier to interact with the instructor and other students.
There are many other reasons PTCU courses are the best, but the final one I’ll mention is that we work very hard to keep them current with our latest software offerings. We make regular updates to our slides, examples, and exercises so courses are always relevant and reflective of current software iterations.
What sets apart PTCU’s instructors?
Before we started teaching courses, most PTCU instructors worked as design engineers in a wide variety of industries. As a result, we have a robust team. Each instructor brings their own real-world knowledge and experience to our classrooms and shares their knowledge and experience with other instructors
Just for fun, can you tell us what your favorite PTCU course is? Why do you like it?
I can’t choose a single favorite. My four favorite courses are all on Creo topics: Multibody Design, Generative Topology Optimization, Real Time Simulation using Creo Simulate Live, and Analysis with Ansys Simulation.
What I like most about these courses is that they demonstrate the power and ease of use of these new applications. They show students new scenarios in design. I only wish I had had access to those tools when I was working as a designer!
Final question: What do you hope students get out of PTCU courses?
When I deliver a course, I hope that students are able to perceive my passion for PTC products, as well as receive information that can help them increase their knowledge and optimize their business processes. Simply put, I hope they enjoy the training session!
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