Fast-track courses
in computer aided design

Our fast-track CAD course runs twice a year. It has been designed for the use of CAD for structural detailing and architectural metalwork. The course is continuously adapting to suit the changing needs and emerging trends within engineering construction.

With 2D design and 3D modelling at its core, employers and students can opt to bolt on extra modules to suit business needs. These include BIM, modular and volumetric offsite construction and spiral/helical staircases.

The training can either be completed as part of a funded apprenticeship, or as a stand alone course. All students will complete simulated projects in both 2D and 3D design, returning to the workplace fully proficient in CAD software, supporting with projects and dealing with clients.

Training takes place at Dudley College of Technology’s Advance II centre. A 12 million invested centre for Advanced Construction Technologies. Cadcoe is based in the digital technologies suite with access to a Fulcro BIM cave, 4 storey hangar, modular pods and more. We welcome visits from employers who would like to take a tour of the facility.


NEXT COURSE STARTS: September 2018
DURATION: up to 16 weeks
LOCATION: Advance II, Priory Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4AD


Can apprentices and employees complete the training if they don’t live in Dudley?

Yes! Students are only required to be in Dudley for the first 16 weeks of the apprenticeship. During this time they have the option of travelling in or using accommodation in the area. Please contact for more information on how this works, including costs.


Course content

Throughout the course students will be working towards completing a simulated project, providing them with skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • 2D software training in Autocad
  • 3D software training
  • Digital construction techniques and processes included within BIM
  • Roles and responsibilities within the role as a digital design engineer and industry
  • Modular construction projects and light steel framing
  • General arrangement and fabrication package creation