CAD for Engineers SCQF Level 7

Learn to effectively use a CAD system for engineering purposes.


Why take this course?

This Unit has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to use a CAD system command structure effectively and efficiently in the production of 2D working drawings. It is particularly suitable for candidates undertaking programmes in engineering or wishing to specialise in computer aided draughting/design. The Unit may also be taken on a freestanding basis.

For further information on this course, please visit the SQA website.

1 HN Credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

By doing a series of practice exercises and drawing tutorials you will logically progress through the CAD command structures, producing 2D fully working drawings to a given specification. Having gained confidence in 2D creation and presentation you will be introduced to simple 3D creation and editing. On completion of the unit you should be able to:

  • Use a commercial CAD system to create/modify engineering drawings
  • Use a commercial CAD system to create engineering composite drawings
  • Use an appropriate CAD system to generate 3D shapes

Formal assessment will be based on your competence in producing a series of engineering drawings to a given specification via practical assignments using CAD system commands effectively and efficiently. 

This course is classed as ‘in-house’. In–house classes may be delivered via the following methods: day class, night class or short course. For information regarding the method of delivery please contact:

Distance Learning Co-ordinators 
Tel: 01346 586136/506014

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Entry requirements

It would be beneficial for candidates to have prior knowledge of technical drawing to current standards or computer aided draughting at an introductory level. However, these requirements are not absolutely essential as basic orthographic drawing skills will be revised in Outcome 1. Possession of basic knowledge and understanding in these areas may be evidenced by possession of NQ units in:

  • Graphical Communication (D16T 12)
  • Graphical Engineering Communication (D993 12)
  • Introduction to Computer Aided Draughting (E8M2 11)

What you will need

This is a practical unit requiring you to have individual access to a CAD system. A CAD system is defined as hardware and software, which will enable an operator to generate (and regenerate) engineering drawings at an acceptable processor speed. A typical minimum hardware configuration would be a current single user PC fitted with suitable peripherals attached such as a printer/plotter to produce hard copies of work.

Alternatively other computer configurations, such as networked CAD stations, may be acceptable provided they can satisfy the unit’s criteria. Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

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Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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