About this course
This Aerospace Design course includes the delivery of City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 CAD Certificates. The first part of the course will provide learners with the essential skills in how to use Computer Aided Design software more specifically 2D and parametric modelling. In the second term, the course will move onto providing comprehensive training on Computer Aided Design with a more advanced look at specialist 2D/3D design tools that builds on the existing knowledge gained in the first term.
Alongside this you will also develop a range of practical skills in the hangar to perform mechanical structural repair and workshop tasks that will include maintaining CAVC’s Jet-Stream and Bulldog. These practical hand skills will contribute to the completion of a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations.
Those who have an interest and experience in computing and design packages will benefit from this course and will develop knowledge and skills used in engineering drawing that will help develop a potential career in manufacturing or engineering design. Learners who come from a background in computing, design or may have worked in manufacturing or engineering design industry may also find this CAD qualification of particular interest.
What you will study
You will study the following units on this intensive one-year course:
Unit 201: Computer Aided Design using Parametric Modelling Software
Develop knowledge and skills to create sketches, work features, table driven parts and assemblies and understand constraints to create drawing layouts.
Unit 202 + 302: Using 2D Computer Aided Design software
Principles of 2D drawing environments, hardware, software, composition, Health & Safety. At level 3 create complex drawings including annotations, output and drawing data libraries.
Unit 303 Using 3D Computer Aided Design software
This unit will allow students to develop the ability to apply drafting procedures required to create and modify existing 3D objects; surfaces or solids within a 3D space
EAL Units 1, 2 & 3
Working safely in an Engineering Environment
Carrying out engineering activities
Using and Communicating Technical Information
EAL Unit 4
Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings using CAD systems
EAL Unit 5
Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
EAL Unit 47
Producing Components by Rapid Prototyping Techniques
All units in these qualifications are assessed by assignments set by City & Guilds, which are internally marked and externally verified. These assignments are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Each assignment consists of practical tasks and short-answer questions.
Your hand-skills in the workshop will be continually assessed and marked throughout the year.
On successful completion you can progress onto an Apprenticeship, Further/Higher Education courses, or present yourself for possible job roles in advanced manufacturing and engineering such as a draughtsperson or design engineer.
Teaching and assessment
All units in these qualifications are assessed by assignments set by City & Guilds, internally marked by centres and externally verified. These assignments are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Each assignment consists of practical tasks and short-answer questions. These assessments have all been developed with input from experts in the industry.
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00
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I got the chance to go to France as part of a student exchange project which was really exciting and worked on different aircraft to what we have here at ICAT. The tutors really want you to succeed, everyone is so knowledgeable and it’s a great environment to learn and develop in.
I’ve started an apprenticeship with Boeing to get my A Licence and this time next year I could be working at Gatwick Airport as well as with military aircraft. There’s so many options for me now and you never know where this can take me. If you’re looking for an engineering course or have an interest in aircraft, I’d say go for it! Get stuck in and you’ll have a great experience.
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