The Solid Edge training works a little different from SolidWorks. SolidWorks training is extremely $$ intensive for users, and the quality of the training seems to vary a lot. Fortunately, SolidWorks does have a standard set of training manuals that are pretty good, but they are unfortunately not available unless you happen to find them on eBay or take the $$ class. Resellers make loads of money on training. I did that kind of work for several years. I enjoyed the training, and tried to make sure that students got their money’s worth from the class. But to be perfectly honest, the first reseller I worked for wasn’t known to be the most scrupulous guy, and I was training people on SolidWorks within 3 weeks of getting hired, and I only had less than a month of experience on the software myself. In fact, the first training class I attended was one that I was teaching. Needless to say, I learned a lot from my first several classes.
But as I said, Solid Edge training seems to be very different. They include some training with the software, in addition to the tutorials. Plus, I recently sat in on a conference call where a Solid Edge reseller said that he gave “training” at user group meetings. This statement alone shows that Solid Edge and SW approach training completely differently. I know SW approaches it as a source of revenue, but it seems like Solid Edge offers it for free. I’ve asked at various times about the Solid Edge training materials, and I seem to get different answers about that, but it seems that Solid Edge doesn’t really have any formal training materials. Or resellers might be writing their own. I haven’t taken Solid Edge training, but I intend to try to get into a class. I don’t think that I’m doing a very good job of training myself with the tutorials and self-guided training. I’m expecting to learn the software without using it 8 hours a day, and mostly from reading forums, and talking to a few guys. I don’t even know what I don’t know at this point. I’ve done a fair job at comparing various specific functions within SE to SW, and those seem to be the areas I’ve learned best.
If a SolidWorks user were coming over to Solid Edge, one of the weak spots might be considered the training. I’m aware of the SolidMasterMind, and several individuals have helped me out here and there, but I think I need a sit-down class where I can pester a real live instructor with 90 questions a minute. There are a lot of details that I’m not going to pick up working through tutorials or watching YouTube videos.
Does anyone have a Solid Edge training experience that you’d like to share? Did you learn what you needed to know? How were the materials (books)? Were there books?