Overview

** This program will be temporarily suspended for the Summer semester 2019, due to the move from Jane campus to Newnham campus. **

The Mechanical Design Tools - Solid Works program develops specialized skills and knowledge for product designers and engineers. Windows-based SolidWorks CAD (Computer Aided Design) software provides a time-saving way to design, develop and verify engineered products and assemblies from initial concept to final design for production. Engineering drawings with multiple views are generated and any updates automatically change 3D models. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, projects and assignments, students will learn how to create, control and change designs, solid models and drafting techniques using SolidWorks Interface. Practical examples are used to teach the basics of engineering design for different types of parts, materials and manufacturing processes.

This program may be completed either entirely In-class or Online.

Career Opportunities

Drafting Technologists and Mechanical Designers, create designs for machines, products and new technologies by preparing engineering designs, drawings and related technical information. They work in multidisciplinary teams to support engineers or architects in design and prototype testing, and with quality assurance technicians to adjust designs in order to maximize accuracy and minimize defects in the final product.

Because they are involved in the process from start to finish, an aptitude for drawing and knowledge of drafting practices and standards, and tolerancing techniques is useful in this career.

Mechanical Designers are employed in a wide variety of industries, such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Resource Industries
  • Consulting Companies

These employees help to produce multiple manufactured products, including:

  • Appliances and other consumer goods
  • Robots and automated machinery
  • Heating, Ventilation and Refrigeration Equipment
  • Automotive Parts and Products
  • Aerospace Parts and Products
  • Medical Parts and Products
  • Construction and Heavy Equipment
  • Computer and Electronic Products and Circuitboards
  • Fabricated Metal Products

Some common job titles in the field include:

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Solidworks Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Draftsperson
  • CAD Technician
  • Drafting Technician
  • Detailer

Entry Requirements

Students should have a minimum Ontario Secondary School Diploma with strong Mathematical (Trigonometry and Geometry) and English skills. An understanding of engineering drawing and experience with the Windows Operating System is required.

ABP094 - Elementary Print Reading for Machinists is recommended for those without previous background in blueprint drawing.

In addition, students should be aware of any specific course pre-requisites.

 

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Inclass Version

SWK901
Solid Works Level One
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Prerequisite(s):

Students should have a minimum of Ontario Secondary School Diploma with strong Mathematical (Trigonometry and Geometry) and English skills. An understanding of engineering drawing and experience with the Windows Operating System (WinXP or Win Vista) is required.

This course provides students with an introduction to the solid modelling mechanical design automation software. Students learn to build parametric models of parts and assemblies and make drawings of those parts. Time is spent on 2D drafting and detailing applications as well as 3D design. Basic software menu options and modelling techniques are learned through short lectures and practical exercises.
Seneca College provides student copies of Solidworks software for use during the course.




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SWK902
Solid Works - Level Two
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Prerequisite(s):

SWK901

This course provides students with a more in-depth experience with the solid modelling mechanical design automation software. Advanced modelling techniques are learned through short lectures and practical exercises. Students will be introduced to Sheet Metal Parts, Mechanical Assemblies, Design Changes and Configurations, Design Analysis and Verification.
Seneca College provide student copies of Solidworks software for use during the course.




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SWK903
Solid Works III
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Prerequisite(s):

SWK901 and SWK902

This course provides students with a more in-depth experience with modeling of complex parts using Surface Modeling, 3D Sketches and Curves, Multi-Body Modelling techniques, Context Design (Top Down Design) and Functional Modelling. Animations of moving parts are also introduced.
Seneca College provides student copies of Solidworks software for use during the course.




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Online Version

SWK951
Solid Works Introduction
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This online course provides the student with an introduction on how to use SolidWorks mechanical design automation software to build parametric models of parts and assemblies and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies. This is a process based training course and emphasizes the process and procedures used to complete a particular task. By utilizing case studies to illustrate these processes, the student learns the necessary commands, options and menus in the context of completing a design task.




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SWK952
Solid Works Intermediate
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Prerequisite(s):

SWK951

This online course is an intermediate mechanical design course that includes; part modeling, assembly Sheetmetal and Weldment generation. The focus of this training course is on the process and procedures used to complete a particular task and includes hands-on practice. Emphasis is on the efficient use of SolidWorks software when generating design models and builds on the Solid Works - Introduction course.




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Students must select either in-class or online delivery. Online and In-class courses are not interchangeable.

In-class Delivery

  1. SWK901 Solid Works Level One
  2. SWK902 Solid Works - Level Two
  3. SWK903 Solid Works III

 

Online Delivery

  1. SWK951 Solid Works Introduction
  2. SWK952 Solid Works Intermediate

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the courses in this program, students will be able to:

  • Build parametric models of parts and assemblies;
  • Generate complex surfaces;
  • Generate drawings automatically from 3D models;
  • Make real-time design changes.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
Cherry.Langlois@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22523


Mark Khani
Part-time Program Coordinator
Mark.Khani@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.44363