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Overview

The Mechanical Design Tools - Solid Works program introduces product designers and engineers to the powerful Windows-based SolidWorks CADD design. The SolidWorks software package provides a time-saving way to design products and assemblies that allow for changes and optimal fit between assembly components. Production-ready engineering drawings with multiple views are generated that are updated as the 3D model changes.

Students acquire the specialized skills and knowledge to efficiently use SolidWorks through a combination of lectures, projects and assignments that may be completed in our well-equipped computer labs. Participants create and manipulate solid models using the SolidWorks interface.

Seneca College uses recent software versions to ensure that program graduates are ready to perform well in industry.

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as product designers in the mechanical fields. Career opportunities appear to be excellent, particularly for those individuals who combine knowledge of this software with a strong practical design background.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, please visit the Government of Canada website.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Government of Canada

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Entry Requirements

An understanding of engineering drawing, and basic design concepts and principles is assumed and required before taking any of these courses.

Students are reminded that they are responsible for assessing their eligibility for this program.

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 Ontario Secondary School Diploma with strong Mathematical (Trigonometry and Geometry) and English skills or be at that functional level with related industrial experience, possess some industrial or mechanical design, drafting experience and experience with the Windows Operating System (Win XP or Win Vista). Instruction is not provided in basic drafting, the Windows Operating System or the principles of mechanical design.

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.




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SWK902
Solid Works - Level Two
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must complete SWK901 or have prior experience with Solidworks before taking this course.

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.




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SWK903
Solid Works III
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must complete SWK901 and SWK902 or have prior experience with Solidworks before taking this course

This course provides students with a more in-depth experience with modeling of complex surfaces using surface modeling techniques to create solid models. Also 3 dimensional sketching skills are further developed and animations of moving parts are introduced.




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Online Version

SWK951
Solid Works Introduction
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Prerequisite(s):

Students should have a minimum Ontario Secondary School Diploma with strong Mathematical (Trigonometry and Geometry) and English skills or be at that functional level with related industrial experience, possess some industrial or mechanical design, drafting experience and experience with the Windows Operating System (Win XP or Win Vista). Instruction is not provided in basic drafting, the Windows Operating System or the principles of mechanical design.
Students are reminded that they are responsible for assessing their eligibility for this program.

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- Solid Works Introduction

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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There is an evaluation at the end of each course resulting in a grade recorded on the student's transcript. To be eligible to receive the Faculty of Continuing Education, Mechanical Design Tools: SolidWorks Recognition of Achievement, the student must successfully complete the required three courses.

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

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 x22523


Mark Khani
Part-time Program Coordinator
Mark.Khani@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x44363