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Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD)


This course is designed for learners with little or no prior experience with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.

This short 8-week course will provide an overview of CAD software and its applications in engineering and will cover the fundamental concepts and techniques required to create basic 3D models.

The course will begin by introducing you to the basics of 3D CAD software (Autodesk Fusion 360), including an overview of the user interface and fundamental tools.

You will then be introduced to the concepts of 3D modelling, including 2D drawing, creating basic shapes, extrusions, and revolves. You will also learn how to manage files and organise models within the software.

From there, we will cover topics such as components and assemblies. You will learn how to create basic assemblies by combining multiple parts and how to manipulate and edit these assemblies.

By the end of the course, students will have a basic foundation in 3D Computer-Aided Design and be able to create basic models for various engineering applications.

Start dates and fees

Start Dates

  • Coming soon, please contact us for more information.


  • TBC*

*Anyone who is unemployed and in receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit, or who is employed and earning less than £20,319, will get the course for free.

What will I study?

  • Basic principles of 3D CAD software and its applications in the engineering field.
  • Practical skills in 3D CAD software for basic modelling techniques, including creating sketches, shapes, extrusions, and revolves.
  • How to manage files and organise models within the software.
  • Solid modelling and assemblies.
  • Importance of accuracy and precision in engineering designs.

Entry requirements

  • No prior qualifications are required to attend this course.
  • Attendees must be aged 19 or over and have a genuine interest in engineering and solid computer skills/knowledge

How long is the course?

8 weeks

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical activities.

What does the course lead to?

The course will provide you with some of the skills and knowledge that will help you to make an informed decision on your future progress. You will be able to discuss your next steps with your teachers.

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