This course will run for 16 evenings, with each session lasting for three hours.
This EAL assessment route covers the skills and knowledge you need to prove the competences required to set up and operate a computer aided drawing (CAD) system for producing detailed three-dimensional models for engineering activities.
It will prepare you for entry to the engineering or manufacturing sectors, creating a progression between education and employment. It also provides a basis for the development of additional skills and occupational competences in the working environment.
You need a GCSE profile at grade D or above.
You will be given a specific ‘model’ brief - or a request for a change/modification to a model - and will assess the requirements, extracting all necessary information to carry out the modelling operations.
You will need to select the appropriate equipment and modelling software to use, based on the type and complexity of the drawing functions to be carried out. You are expected to produce models in a 3D modelling environment and to print 2D and 3D prints or plots.
You will build your understanding of the safety precautions required when working with the computer modelling/drawing system. You are expected to demonstrate safe working practices throughout, and will understand the responsibility you owe to yourself and others in the workplace.
You will be assessed on your ability to work independently. Each assignment is assessed and has pass criteria.
You are also expected to complete knowledge questions related to the CAD industry as part of the assessment.
You can progress to a Level 3 CAD qualification.
You can advance your career in different strands of the design industry.
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."