Engineering Computer Aided Design - CAD 1 (Level 3)

This course of study introduces you to the skills you need to produce high quality mechanical assemblies in 3D, parts modelling and drawing production. Engineering firms need more people with up to date Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills. Use this handy introductory course to upskill and open up your employment options.

Held over 15 weeks, 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 a 12 month period.

Content Details

This programme has one course: Computer Aided Design

  • The aim of this programme is to equip people working in the engineering or associated industry to produce high quality mechanical assemblies (in 3D), parts modelling and drawing production.


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 Tuesday evenings are: 21st and 28th March, 11th April, 9th and 30th May, 13th and 27th June, and 11th July.

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

20 Mar 201714 Jul 2017Part-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)15 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $620.00

2017 international students $3,326.00

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