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Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting with SolidWorks

A line drawing of a laptop with a 3D cube on the laptop display.  Line drawing is in red.What is SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) application published by Dassault Systèmes.

Drawing of machine partThe Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) & Design with SolidWorks program at Lynwood Community Adult School is a 38-week, 400-hour course designed for aspiring and currently employed technical/CAD drafters, preparing students for the Certified Solid Works Associate (CSWA) certification exam, as well as students interested in exploring the world of computer aided drafting/design.

The course provides comprehensive training for new users and students with little or no CAD previous experience in the fundamentals of Solidworks 3D parametric CAD software for creating parts and assemblies. The course focuses on the individual tools available in Solidworks, as well as the best approach to using these tools, so that the design progresses in a logical manner, leading to a robust, effective and efficient design process. The course includes the theoretical training and practical skills aspiring technical drafters need to enter today’s competitive job market and start their careers in 3D design and fabrication fields such as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), and manufacturing. 

What to expect in this course: With over three hours of video tutorials, together with PDF downloads of component drawings used in the exercises, users can complete each exercise at their own pace with guidance from the instructor.  Each lesson builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills, often discussing multiple approaches to a given problem. The series of components created by the user is then used to create a final dynamic assembly.

Picture of an engineUpon completion of the course, students will be able to take the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam. This professional certification serves as a benchmark on which students can measure their expertise, as well as proof of their mastery of the latest cutting-edge software being used by the 3D design and fabrication industries. Students will also participate in career-focused sessions that cover soft-skills, resume writing, job searching, and interview techniques, including sitting for a “mock” interview which helps prepare them for the real thing. 


Recommended Prerequisites 

  • Introduction to Information Technology or equivalent Windows 10 navigation skills
  • High School Diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency. Concurrently-enrolled high school seniors are welcome to enroll.

Certification Opportunities

Target Occupations

  • CAD Design/Technician
  • Drafter
  • Drafters, All Other
  • Drafting & Design Associate
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Mechanical Drafting Engineer
  • Technical Drafter

Earnings and Job Outlook

National Occupational Outlook

  • Median Hourly Wages - $29

Los Angeles County Occupational Outlook 

  • Median Hourly Wages - $32

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) application published by Dassault Systèmes.

What is the difference between AutoCAD and SolidWorks?

Both AutoCAD and Solidworks are comparable tools. AutoCAD is better suited for general-purpose 2D and 3D drafting, while Solidworks excels in developing sophisticated 3D models and simulations. 

There is no way to say one of these is superior to the other because it depends upon your requirements. Comparing AutoCAD to Solidworks is an apples-to-oranges comparison. If you are looking for a general drafting software that can handle a vast range of needs across different industries, then the clear winner is AutoCAD.

If you are looking for a CAD/CAM software to create machine parts in 3D and simulate their physics and motion, then go for Solidworks.