Professional course

CATIA V5 fundamentals

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay Cmapus
five days
Course director:
Dr Tusher Dhavale

Page last updated 1 September 2016


The Department of Engineering and Design Management is pleased to offer this five day course in CATIA V5 fundamentals.

This course is designed to give you a working understanding in how to use CATIA V5 software which is used in key engineering industries to develop 3D models, enabling engineers to visulise, cerate and modify complex desgins. Applying you will the skills to develop your CATIA training further.

Who is it for?

This course would be suitable for:

1.Undergarduates or Graduate To help improve your employment capability within the Aerospace and Automotive as a Design Engineer. Currently the min requirement other than a degree is the ability to use CATIA V5.

2. Professional Engineers - Seasoned Engineers who are keen to up-skill their capability and consequently move into the Aerospace (AIRBUS/BOEING in addition to its Supply chain) or the Motor Sport Industry (F1).



What do I get out of it?

Dassault Certified Certificate - This is an Industry recognised certificate and is one of the main skills required to obtain fulltime/contract Design roles. Please note all CATIA V5 courses are Dassault approved.

The workshop sessions will cover the key areas of the system giving you opportunities to practice these skills with hands-on sessions to work with the software.

What does it cover?


The following themes and elements of the software will be covered:

Introduction : Tree analysis, Planes, Compass, Mouse manipulation, opening/creating newDocuments, CATPART/CATPRODUCT/CATDRAWING identification, What's a Workbench? Basic CATIA Processes. Copy/paste, fit all in, frame, pan, views.

Sketcher: Positional Sketch, standard Sketch, Editing Sketch supports, Sketch Analysis, Constraining, Automatic Constraining, edit multi constraints, Animate Constraints Profile tool, Project tools, AxisSystems (Local/Global), creating squares, slots, elongated slots, fillets, chamfers. Editing- Trim, break, quick trim, etc. Symmetry, Mirror, Translate, Project, cut by sketch plane, Construction geometry, isolating lines/features.

Part Design: Pad, Multi pad, Pocket, Multi Pocket, Shaft, Groove, Rib, Stiffener ,draft, variable draft, Fillets, variable fillets ,Chamfers, Shell, Split, Thick Surface ,parametric/relations, knowledge, equations, pick able backgrounds, power copy ,translate, mirror, symmetry, stiffener, Pattern (rectangle/circle/user), points/lines/planes.

Assembly Design: Open/close workbench ,Design in context,(axis systems), Editing, swappingbetween design mode and Visualization mode, active terminal mode for assy, active node for part, deactivating/activating features, creating external surface, creating assembly constraints(contact, angle, offset etc), creating links, modelling with links, UUID theory, Tree management, Compass manipulation(editing compass coordinates), catalogue(standard part),

Drafting: open/close workbench, creating views, geometrical tolerance theory/practice, drawing standards(BS8888/308), creating links between part and view, sectioning, detailing, creating detail sheets

How will I learn?

The approach we follow for classroom-based instructor lead training is:Present -> Demonstrate -> Worked Examples -> Exercises

Course exercises are introduced using a "Diminishing Assistance"technique which can be adjusted to suit all abilities.          

We operate a policy of one individual per workstation, ensuring that you get the maximum time avaiable to practice and develop your understaning of the software.

Course Director

Dr Tusher Dhavale & Mr Tayab Alam


Is there any assessment available?

A compulsory 2 hr assessment is carried out at the end of the course. This is to ensure that the training needs have been met.

What do they have to do?

Over 2hrs all participants must be able to complete a model of a mechanical assembly. This is then followed by a detail drawing.

What commitment do I have to make?

All participants are required to attend the full five days of training; this is one of requirements to obtaining your certificate.

You will also be expected to commit 40 hours to complete the assessment.


Professional accreditation

Dassault Certification (Industry recognised)

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