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Mechanical Engineering: CAD

Mechanical Engineering: CAD

Designers and Technicians in mechanical engineering and manufacturing use computer aided design (CAD) software to develop ideas and produce designs and documentation, including product concepts, drawings, 3D models, and project management.


The competition focuses on the essential requirements for a successful career in mechanical engineering specialising in CAD. Competitors will be tested on performance using CAD to produce 2D technical drawings, 3D models and 3D assemblies.  Competitors will be required to produce animations and should have a full understanding of BS/ISO drawing standards and be able to use them effectively in different situations. Competitors must use Autodesk Inventor software to complete the tasks. 

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • A maximum of 20 entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competences (these can be found in the Tools section below) and must not have more than 3 years’ industry experience

Steps to taking part in this skills competition

  1. Register to enter this competition by 12 April 2019
  2. Competitors will be invited to a National Qualifier during Spring/Summer 2019, further details will be released in the New Year.
  3. WorldSkills UK quality assure the results and finalists will be notified by September 2019.
  4. Finalists will participate in the UK National Final at the NEC in November 2019 as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Additional information

  • Download the competition overview and pre-competition activity pack from the Tools section to find out more about this skills competition and help with your preparation.

Heats, dates and venues

29/04/2019 Southern Regional College, West Campus, Patrick Street, Newry, Co. Down BT35 8DN
02/05/2019 New College Durham, Framwellgate Moor Campus, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5ES
08/05/2019 Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
09/05/2019 North Kent College, Gravesend Campus, Lower Higham Road, Gravesend DA12 2JJ
17/05/2019 Coleg Sir Gar, Graig Campus, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DN
21/05/2019 Academy for Skills & Knowledge, Sir Frederick Page Way, Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, Mellor Brook, Blackburn, BB2 7FT
05/06/2019 New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell Campus, 1 Enterprise Way, Motherwell, ML1 2TX
TBC GrŵpLlandrillo Menai, Coleg Menai, Ffordd Ffriddoedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2TP


Competition organising partner

Competition organising partner

Semta is the competition organising partner for the Mechanical Engineering: CAD competition.

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