Mechanisms & Mentorship Video Series: From Sophomore Internship to Full-Time Mechanical Engineer

Ever wondered what it would be like to be mentored one-on-one by a senior engineer that’s using SOLIDWORKS to successfully deliver solutions to industry clients? My name is Rafael Testai, and in this video series Mechanisms & Mentorship we’ll take a look behind the scenes to see how a hand-picked engineer has designed one of their mechanisms in granular detail. We’ll “open the hood” to analyze their CAD design and thought process behind the solution. I’ll ask them questions about the project, roadblocks, challenges, specific insights they learned, and how they’re using SOLIDWORKS to solve real world problems.

You’ll learn a mixture of soft skills and hard skills. This series is perfect for viewers who are already proficient in SOLIDWORKS (CSWA, CSWP, CSWE) and want to take the next step in their careers.

In this episode of Mechanisms & Mentorship, I’ll interview Mechanical Engineer, Rhett Butters from in Arizona. We’ll focus on sharing the blueprint on how Rhett was able to quickly ascend from a sophomore intern, to part-time junior engineer(2 years), to being offered a full-time mechanical engineer position. Understanding his path to success may help expedite yours. Towards the end of the episode, we’ll discuss Resilient CAD Modeling (RCM).


1.How did you Become a Mechanical Engineer? (Min 0:55)  Like many engineers, it all started with Legos and an early childhood curiosity of wanted to tear things apart to see how they work internally.

2. Landing an Internship in Mechanical Engineering (Min 1:36)  Rhett was a 21 years old Sophomore in college when he applied for an internship at He was equipped with knowledge (SOLIDWORKS experience) and eagerness to help when the internship opportunity presented itself. After a summer internship, Rhett became a junior engineer part-time (2 years), and immediately after graduation he was offered a full-time mechanical engineer position.

3. What Tasks Helped You Increase Your Skill Set? (Min 5:00)  Hands on experience assembling. Rhett started out with smaller, simple CAD assemblies. As time went on, the complexity of the assemblies he designed incremented. It was a “seamless transition,” according to Rhett.

4. Resilient CAD Modeling (RCM) (Min 6:41)  RCM is a systematic “best practices” process for creating robust CAD models. Rafael Testai was featured on this SOLIDWORKS live episode talking about it, and he also teaches this class on it. Rhett discusses a project in which he used RCM for a customer.

To learn more about Rhett Butters, visit his LinkedIn.

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