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Title: CAD SolidWorks Evening Course
Start date: 03/11/2020
Weekly hours: 2.5 hours
Duration: 20 weeks

CAD SolidWorks Evening Course

SolidWorks is one of the most widely used 3D design and manufacturing software programs in the engineering industry. 3D design is now a big part of all engineering as it enables virtual representation of parts, alignment checking, material testing and exporting for manufacturing.

Canterbury College has a dedicated SolidWorks CAD workshop and several years' experience of teaching the software to learners between the ages of 16 and 60.

What will I learn?

The course will include:

  • Basics of 3D virtual modelling: extrusions, rotations, threaded features
  • Some advanced 3D modelling techniques: mirroring, patterning, loft
  • Producing models for exporting to CAM: accurate dimensioning, constraining
  • Practice designing for manufacturing: design and produce parts on 3D printer
  • Tips on how to lay out and produce technical drawings
  • Producing technical drawings to BS8888

This course will allow you to become familiar with the workings of SolidWorks and its use in industry, and be able to show potential employers that you have a working knowledge of SolidWorks and 3D printing.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of both written and practical methods. Then, on completion of all work to the required standard, you will be issued with a Canterbury College Certificate of Competence.

What may it lead to?

Some students could progress to the Level 2 or Level 3 Engineering, as appropriate.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade E–G (2 or 1) including Functional Skills English and Maths Entry 3 or GCSE grade 1 or 2.

Additional information & other costs

*This course may be free to those who are 19+ and are unemployed, on a low income and looking to return to work. To discuss requirements, please contact our Student Information Centre on 01227 811188 or email

The course will run on a Wednesday evening 5.30pm–8pm for 20 weeks.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111