National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to focus attention on the great opportunities for women in engineering, at a time when it has never been more important to address the engineering skills shortage. By encouraging girls into engineering careers we will not only be increasing diversity and inclusion – a business imperative – but enabling us to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector.
The idea behind National Women in Engineering Day is to encourage all groups to organize their own events in support of the day, and link them together for maximum impact through the use of the NWED. This year National Women in Engineering Day will take place on June 23rd.
How To Get Involved
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in #NWED2016, here are some of the easiest:
- Join the #NWED2016 Thunderclap
- Sign up to the Women’s Engineering Society newsletter
- Wear a t-shirt
- Tweet about your job using #whatengineersdo
- Tweet about your plans for the day using #nwed
- Join the Women’s Engineering Society
- Make a film or video of what you do and load it to YouTube or your webpage
In Honor Of National Women In Engineering Day We’re Highlighting One Of Our Very Own: Crystal Yazvac, Training Manager & Applications Engineer
Graduated with a BS from Purdue University in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology. Afterwards Crystal spent eight years in the engineering world, working as a design engineer in industrial equipment, consumer products and shaft coupling industries before joining CAPINC as an Applications Engineer. Crystal has been an integral part of our team for six years.
Involvement in Engineering
As Training Manager, Crystal is responsible for organizing CAPINC’s Training schedule, including adding, cancelling, and rescheduling classes as needed. She also works with sellers and customers to define and schedule custom training. Part of Crystal’s role is to ensure that all CAPINC classes are fully equipped and staffed to run smoothly. She spends time promoting quality and consistency of all CAPINC instructors. As well as analyzing business performance of Training activities at CAPINC. Crystal is always looking to develop ways to improve CAPINC’s training offerings.
Alongside this, Crystal continues her role as an Applications Engineer. These duties require her to teach the core SOLIDWORKS classes including Essentials, Advanced Parts, Advanced Assemblies, Advanced Drawings, Surfacing, Sheet Metal, Weldments, QuickStart, Reboot and Educator classes. As well as cover CAPINC’s technical support for customers in SOLIDWORKS, DriveWorks, and 3Dexperience products. She also creates SOLIDWORKS API/Macro programming as a service to their customers as well as contributing to CAPINC’s technical blog, video blog, and webinars.
Qualifications and Recognition
Crystal has achieved the following SOLIDWORKS Certifications: CSWP, CSWI, CSWPA-SM, CSWPA-WD, CSWPA-SU, CSWSPA-DT, CSWE, CSWS-D, CSWS-MC, CSWS-3DX, CSWS-MD16 and CSWA-SD and has presented at SOLIDWORKS World for 6 years in a row.
Crystal also has Certified DriveWorks Professional (CDWP) status after completing certifications in DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro.
Where did your initial interest in Engineering come from?
Loved to tinker with things. I got this from watching my dad do DIY projects. I would always “help”.
If you weren’t an Engineer what would you be?
Disney World Tour Guide
What advice would you give to young women interested in Engineering?
Don’t be afraid to be the only girl doing something. Whether it be a fun project or a class at school. Do it because you love it!