Professional course CATIA V5 fundamentals

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay Campus
five days

Page last updated 2 April 2020


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 visualise, cerate and modify complex designs. Applying you will the skills to develop your CATIA training further.

Who is it for?

This course would be suitable for:

1.Undergraduates 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?

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:

  • Topic 1: Introduction to CATIA - Understanding CATIA Software, understanding the interface, viewing and manipulation tools.
  • Topic 2: Profile Creation - Initiate a new part, create sketch geometry, constraining the sketch, sketch tools, geometry creation tools and additional tools.
  • Topic 3: Basic Features - Determine a base feature, create
  • Topic 4: Additional Part Features - Feature profile and axis systems, multi-profile sketch feature, basic wireframe, shaft & grove features, shell the model, thin features, additional sketcher & part design tools.
  • Topic 5: Dress-up Features - Draft, stiffener, threads & taps and editing features.
  • Topic 6: Reusing Data -Duplicate features, transform a body, copy and paste data, insert from a catalogue.
  • Topic 7: Finalising Design Intent - Apply material properties, analyse the model, create formulae and parameters.
  • Topic 8: Assembly Design -Create CATPRODUCT, assemble in base component, manipulate the position of component, assemble and fully constrain components.
  • Topic 9: Designing in Context - Open existing assembly, Insert new model, create sketch in context and assembly level features.
  • Topic 10: Drafting - Start new drawing, create views, create dimensions & annotations, additional views, view modifications, saving and printing the drawing.
  • Topic 11: CATIA Fundamentals Master Project - Project that encompasses and utilises all of the skills obtained in CATIAv5 Fundamentals course.

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 available to practise and develop your understanding of the software.


Is there any assessment available?

A compulsory 2 hour 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 2 hours 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

Spires Engineering Consultancy Professional Certificate

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Full Course Fee: TBC

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments. Please note there are no discounts available for this course.

Course dates

This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304