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

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

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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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