Computer Aided Design (CAD) uses specialist software to create two and three dimensional images and animations of projects both in manufacturing and for use in advertising and technical manuals. CAD can convey many types of information, including dimensions, types of material, and tolerances and is essential in offering solutions to both engineering and manufacturing problems.

This WorldSkills UK competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career in mechanical engineering specialising in CAD. Competitors will be tested on their performance using CAD to produce 2D technical drawings, 3D models, 3D assemblies & 3D printing. Competitors will be required to produce animations and should have a full understanding of ISO drawing standards and be able to use them effectively in different situations. For this competition you can only use Autodesk Inventor of Fusion 360.

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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Numerical skills

  • Communication skills

  • Technical knowledge and expertise

  • Methodical

  • Accuracy

  • Attention to detail

  • Problem solving

  • Team working

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Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation
  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working towards a relevant programme of study in 3D Computer Aided Design. Competitors can be in education and training or working in industry. This is an open competition; competitors should have a maximum of five years’ experience, inclusive of training in a mechanical engineering working environment, specialising in CAD

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test sent after registration closes.

Competitors have one hour to complete the task and the final deadline is 23rd April 2024.

Remote Qualifier.

The qualifier will be held virtually from the 4th – 6th June 2024. Competitors will be encouraged to join the qualifiers from their place of work or an educational establishment. 

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC).

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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