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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 2.50

Start: 28/09/2016

Days / Times: Wednesday 18:00 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 507.00*

Concessions: 507.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a Level 1 introduction to 3D parametric modelling and design.  The software package Solidworks will be used to create 3D models and assembly drawings.

Entry requirements

Learners should be computer literate and aged 19 or over.  Some previous Computer Aided Design experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Course Content

  • Use associated IT, CAD and operating systems
  • Basic file management and health and safety
  • Understand parametric modelling process
  • Create and constrain sketches
  • Produce extruded and revolved features
  • Modify parametric models
  • Create assemblies
  • Drawing layout to produce hard copies

How will I be assessed?

Learners must complete two practical assignments plus one online test. Assessments are taken independently at a time suitable for the individual.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need a 2G memory stick.

What can I do after this course?

You can proceed to courses at Levels 2 and 3.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Pete Szabo

Pete Szabo

Shy student engineer Pete “grew” to enjoy distinguished police career

Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force.

And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark. When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper.

While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits. And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police.

Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands.

He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.

For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.

It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.

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