This evening course has been designed to introduce beginners to the world of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Using state-of-the-art software packages including Solidworks and Autocad, we will take you through the introductory processes of CAD with the objective of you achieving the City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Computer Aided Design (Parametric Modelling).
The course will run for 30 weeks and involve 2.5 hours per week.
An interest in CAD is essential for this course, along with good computer skills and the ability to interpret data.
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to design objects in either 2D or 3D at Level 1. It allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the broad engineering and manufacturing sectors.
The course is assessed by an assignment/project.
Progression to the Level 2 Award in Computer Aided Design will be possible upon achieving this qualification. A CAD-based career may also be an option.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader. He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."