Engineering Computer Aided Design - CAD 1 (Level 3)

Engineering firms need more people with up to date Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills. Use this introductory part-time course to upskill and broaden your employment options. You'll complete most of the course online, coming in for just 8 night classes over the 15 weeks.

The course introduces you to the skills you need to produce high quality mechanical assemblies in 3D, parts modelling and drawing production.

You'll learn to use SolidWorks software to create simple engineering drawings and three dimensional engineering models. SolidWorks is a user-friendly programme – you'll quickly learn the basics and start practising your new drawing skills.

The course fee includes a Student Design Kit package that you can install at home and use on your own computer for 12 months.


Planned intakes*: 2018 intakes to be confirmed
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The programme is held over 15 weeks. Delivery is flexible and consists of 8 face-to-face sessions of 3 hours each on Tuesday evenings, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The evening sessions for the March intake are: 21st and 28th March, 11th April, 9th and 30th May, 13th and 27th June, and 11th July.

The evening sessions for the August intake are: 1st and 8th August, 5th and 26th September, 24th October, and 14th and 21st November. There is a break on 3rd and 10th October.

The remainder of the programme is self-directed study with online tutor support.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $620.00

2017 international students $3,326.00

2018 fees to be confirmed

The fee covers all course materials including Student Design software which you can use at home for self-directed study.

Fees must be paid in full upon enrolment.

Please note: This programme is NOT eligible for students loans and allowances.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Award Result Summary
  • NZQA credit for units 2433 and 2436 and 20802

Entry Criteria

Participants should be working in the engineering or associated industries and be able to demonstrateknowledge and skills equivalent to:
  • Unit 2431 - Draw and interpret engineering drawings under supervision, and
  • Unit 2780 - Operate and maintain a personal computer system