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.
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."