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.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."