Essential Software for School of Engineering Students

VPN Client Downloads: software required for accessing certain School of Engineering resources and using RDP sessions. Download the appropriate VPN client software for your machine:

Due to the transition to distance learning, many resources have been reconfigured to reduce the load on the VPN server. Please do NOT use the VPN to access the following:

  • GITLAB: the School of Engineering’s software development server
  • YOUTRACK: the School of Engineering’s project management server
  • Software licensing for Solidworks or Cadence software tools

SFTP Drive: Windows software which will allow you to mount your School of Engineering home directory as a local drive on your machine using either Sloop or Clipper without the need for a VPN connection. This will allow software on your computer to access your School of Engineering files.

SFTP Drive Install, Configuration and Usage Directions!

(Alternatives solutions can be found here: https://web.engr.ship.edu/for-students/faq/accessing-user-home-directory/ )

MobaXterm: Windows software for remotely accessing departmental resources using SSH. We recommend using the installer edition. When establishing an SSH connection to one of our servers, the software also initiates an SFTP session and an X-Windows session allowing for easy access to your files and the execution of graphical applications.

Zoom Installer: Windows installer for the PASSHE recommended software for video conferencing, virtual classes and meetings and more. Additional installers can be found at their website zoom.us.


NOTE: Both OrCAD and Solidworks are ONLY available for Windows 10


Cadence: The installation files for the OrCAD and PSpice software tools. You MUST be logged into your School of Engineering sponsored GSuite Account (CS/ENGR) in order to access the files. At this time, steps were taken to allow this software to be installed and executed without the need for an active VPN connection. Redistribution of this software is in direct violation of the University’s computer usage policy.

Cadence Download and Installation Instructions

 Solidworks: Due to the number of students who were having issues downloading the single large file from Clipper, we have decided to try something old school (something we used back in the 90’s) and see if it works better for those who are reporting issues. The technique is called disk span zipping. What this means is you will need to download a number of smaller files rather than just one large file. To try this method, you MUST be logged into your School of Engineering sponsored GSuite Account (CS/ENGR). 

Access the Alternate Solidworks Download and Installation Instructions Here

Solidworks: Due to the size of the installer, please download and install the Grsync Utility. This utility will allow you to securely transfer files from a Linux server and is required to comply with our licensing agreements. Once installed follow the steps provided below. PLEASE NOTE: this file transfer can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending the speed of your network connection and the load on the Linux server. Redistribution of this software is in direct violation of the University’s computer usage policy.