Who is this course aimed at?
This course might be of interest to those involved in engineering or product design, CAD draughting, preparation of files ready for 3D printing and similar activities. Even though SolidWorks can be used to create and form of 3D object it is not specifically designed for areas such as architecture, landscaping or modelling organic objects (such as animals or plants).
Previous attendees have included those wishing for a career change or to position themselves for promotion within their current organisation or simply to carry out a current job more effectively in the areas mentioned above.
Overview of the course
This unit 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.
Anyone signed on to the course will be given a code to download a free version of SolidWorks software onto their home computer which is licensed for a year.
This course is suitable for those that have successfully completed the City & Guilds Level 1 course in SolidWorks (parametric modelling) or have a similar level of experience and expertise (such as a good working knowledge of a similar programme or who currently work with the software on a regular basis and want to consolidate their knowledge or gain a recognised qualification.
A number of students have successfully completed the course using an alternative piece of software called Inventor, which is very similar, but the tutor has less experience in this area.
If in doubt, please contact the College to discuss its suitability for your needs.
Dates and Times
9th February 2021 - 29th June 2021, Tuesday evening.
Unit 201 Computer Aided Design Using Parametric Modelling Software.
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.
There are 2 practical assessments taking approximately 3 hrs each, and a simple, short written test.
The course is graded at Pass/Merit/Distinction.
£150 - £390
Reasons to choose this course
In previous years we have had an excellent success rate with a high percentage of Distinction grades.
Skills you will develop
You will cover:
- Safety aspects of computer use
- Sketch constraints, equations in sketch geometry, advanced sketching features
- Learning to edit work features, use advanced hole-definition features
- Creation of table-driven parts and assemblies
- Motion and driven relationships in assemblies
- Creation of custom temples for drawings
- Creation of rendered (photo-realistic) presentations of parts and assemblies
York College offers the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate comprising the following 2 units, over the course of a year:
- Computer Aided Design Using Parametric Modelling Software
- Using 3D Computer Aided Design Software
CAD draughtsperson. Other jobs/careers, depending on specific qualifications and experience.
About the course tutor
Mike Hume has successfully completed 4 recognised courses in SolidWorks, starting in 2009. He has been teaching SolidWorks across a number of Level 2 and Level 3 engineering courses at York College as well as A Level Product Design, supporting the students with a wide range of individual and unique projects. He has a passion for the subject and is constantly improving his knowledge and experience.
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