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City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Computer Aided Design and Parametric Modelling 3D (CAD)

Subject Area
Engineering
Start Date
February 2022
Study Mode
Evening
Duration
17 Weeks

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn how to use industry-standard 3D CAD software. It would suit, for example those who want to progress from the Level 1 course or already have significant experience of SolidWorks (or similar software) and who want to gain a qualification; someone already working in an engineering environment who wants to change roles in the company; someone wanting to learn how to use 3D CAD as a design tool or those who are looking at a new career. If in doubt, please contact the college to discuss with the course tutor the suitability of the course.

This course aims to deepen the learners’ understanding of the CAD Parametric Modelling environment and its application. It will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to create sketches, work features, table driven parts and assemblies, understand constraints and be able to create a drawing layout.

The course is taught in one of our CAD computer suites and is mainly a “hands on” experience. There is a small amount of background theory to learn, but mostly the lessons will be a series of demonstrations followed by you using the software to complete a series of exercises. The tutor is on hand to assist and answer any questions.

Course Modules/units

You will learn and develop experience using a wide range of tools including:

  • Basic commands (Sketches)
  • Geometric constraints and features (Extrude, Revolve, Sweep & Loft)
  • Technical skills (Mirror, Rotate, Pattern and the use of Convert Entities
  • Knowledge of Work Planes & learn how to add Custom Axes and how to split Faces and Emboss.
  • Adding simple equations
  • Creating a custom Drawing Template

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements, but the successful completion of the Level 1 course is a good starting point. An alternative is significant experience, e.g., in the workplace using SolidWorks or other similar parametric 3D CAD software, such as Inventor, ProEngineer etc.

Dates and Course Durations

February (Eve)15th Feb 2022 – 12th Jul 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 17 weeks

Study Method

The course is taught in one of our CAD computer suites and is mainly a “hands on” experience. There is a small amount of background theory to learn, but mostly the lessons will be a series of demonstrations followed by you using the software to complete a series of exercises. The tutor is on hand to assist and answer any questions.

Assessments

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout this course including:

  • 2 practical assessments (approximately 3 hours each)
  • a simple, short written test

The course is graded at Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Course Fees

£195 - £390
The fees for this course may vary depending on funding availability and eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Facilities

The class is taught in a modern, well equipped CAD suite with current, industry-standard software.

Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

York College also offers a Level 3 Course, which is a natural development from Level 2 and a number of our students do progress. The Level 3 lasts for a year and leads to a Certificate (the Level 1 & 2 courses are Awards).

Career Progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in basic CAD skills to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests.

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