FOR RELEASE Friday, October 14, 2005
PLANO, Texas– UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, announced today an agreement with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and CAD Potential to provide PLM-related training and testing components for the SAE Automotive Certification. The certification program will provide automotive OEM’s and suppliers a tangible method to first provide, and then validate user’s knowledge, skills and proficiencies at utilizing PLM technologies in context of specific automotive processes, thereby ensuring a maximum return on PLM investments.
The SAE Automotive Certification Program, in addition to validating the abilities of design engineers through skill and knowledge based tests in automotive best practices, automotive theory and industry application, will also test for proficiency in the use of NX™ software, UGS’ digital product development system . The examinations and training are designed by global industry subject matter experts who combine existing and evolving processes, based on years of experience working directly with virtually every OEM in the industry.
“UGS is pleased to be a part of this important program with SAE and CAD Potential. SAE is recognized as a leading professional organization that provides great value to UGS customers in the Automotive Industry,” said Eric Sterling, vice president of automotive marketing for UGS. “As UGS customers expand the implementation of our products, they want to measure the knowledge and skills of their users. Industry specific certification, such as the SAE Automotive Design Certification, fits well in today’s fast paced economy because it complements the user’s existing industry knowledge, commercial training and/or university education.”
Certification allows employers to develop more effective personal development programs for existing employees, quantify the effectiveness of training investments, and more effectively screen potential employees and contractors to make more educated hiring decisions. This common industry certification also allows OEMs to qualify suppliers based on a single standard.
“We are extremely pleased that UGS is partnering with SAE and CAD Potential on this program,” said Kevin Perry, manager, professional development, SAE. “Given their existing expertise in training and certification along with their extensive reach across the industry, automotive designers will quickly realize the value of having UGS deliver the SAE Automotive CAD certification program.”
“The automotive market will be well served through this new partnership,” said Kevin Noe, president, CAD Potential. “We are very excited to be partnered with UGS and SAE to delivery the first Automotive CAD Industry Certification.”
The SAE Automotive Certification is the first deliverable for the new UGS Global Certification Program. UGS® is committed to provide consistent global certification testing in the use and implementation of UGS software. The primary goal of the program is to improve user productivity, not only in the automotive industry but for all of our customers.
SAE is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 87,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs. For more information, visit www.sae.org.
About CAD Potential, Inc. (Cadpo), an INCAT International company
CAD Potential Inc. (Cadpo) is an INCAT International company. INCAT (London Stock Exchange AIM: ICN), founded in 1989, is a global provider of professional services and solutions focused on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), principally to the automotive, aerospace and durable goods manufacturing industries. INCAT is headquartered in the UK (Bristol) and in North America (Detroit) with offices throughout the United States, France, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Japan, Singapore and the Netherlands. INCAT employs more than 825 people, and has more than 3,000 clients worldwide. Visit www.incat.com. Cadpo empowers people through engineering knowledge with e-learning, training, and services in CATIA, NX/Unigraphics, SolidWorks and Teamcenter Engineering. Cadpo’s i.get.it® is the only multi-application e-learning system in the MCAD/PLM industry. Visitwww.cadpo.com.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
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