Basics of CATIA V5

CATIA V5 Basics

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All mechanical engineers harbour dreams of wanting to work in the design domain after their graduation. However, there is a gap between what students learn in their undergraduate studies and what the industry expects from them, this results in students being unemployable. The only way to bridge this gap is for the students to train in industry-standard software and improve their understanding of the software by working on multiple projects based on the software that will showcase the candidate’s skills to potential employers. 

A commonly used design software today is CATIA. This is because CATIA is a very versatile tool. CATIA is used in the design of products and also finds use in the design of manufacturing tools, wiring harness, and mold design. And since the software is easy to learn and has had numerous updates throughout its vaunted history, OEMs prefer using CATIA over newly developed design software. The ability to work on CATIA is usually considered a bare minimum by top OEMs across industries - aerospace, automotive, heavy machinery, and shipbuilding while looking for design engineers. 

To bridge the skill gap between the students and the employers, Skill-Lync with inputs from industry experts and academicians, has designed this - basics in CATIA course to train the students.  In this course, students will begin by learning the interface of CATIA and the various workbenches available within the software. They will then work on 10+ industry-relevant projects throughout the course where they will learn about everything from creating sketches, 3D part models and surface models, to creating assemblies using the various individual parts and the final drafting.

Apart from the course lectures, students will also work on assignment models that pertain to each week of content. So, along with the course projects students will also be working on 10+ industry-relevant models not covered in the course. These extra projects will serve both as a good practice for what to expect in the industry as well as provide additional points that students can add to their portfolio.    


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In the first introductory session you will start by understanding how to use the CATIA software by working on some example sketches using the Sketcher workbench. The topics that will be covered are:
● What is CATIA?
● CATIA V5 User Interface
● Various Workbenches in CATIA V5
● CATIA V5 - Start New Part
● Sketcher Workbench -Toolbar
● Headset sketch tutorial
● Wheel Cover sketch tutorial
● Spanner sketch tutorial

2Part Design

In the second week, you will be learning how to create 3D models from sketches in CATIA by using the Part Design workbench. 
We will learn how to use the various part design commands such as pad, pocket, mirror, reference plane, fillet, chamfer, shaft, shell, rib, etc. while working on 3 solid models.

3Advanced part design and Drafting

In the third week, you will be covering tutorials on how to create complex 3D part models using the commands covered in the previous week. Some additional commands such as boolean operators will also be covered while designing the models.
In the end, we will also learn how to create 2D drawings from the 3D model using the drafting workbench.

4Assembly design

In the fourth week, you will learn how to use the assembly design workbench to create assemblies comprising multiple parts. Following two tutorials will be covered to explain the assembly workbench:
● Bottom-up assembly of a screw jack
● Top-down assembly of a caster wheel
Drafting for these assemblies will also be covered where we will see how to add an exploded view of assembly, BOM and balloons in the 2D drawings.

5Surface design

In the fifth week, you will learn how to create surface models in CATIA using the generative shape design workbench. 
We will learn how to use the various surface design commands such as extrude, trim, fillet, thick surface, split, sphere, etc. while working on 2 surface models.

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  • Access Duration : 2 months
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
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  • Add-ons Industry Projects : 1

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Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : Lifetime
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Individual Video Support : 12/Month
  • Group Video Support : 12/Month
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
  • Telephone Support : Available
  • Add-ons Industry Projects : 2
  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available


  • Students in Mechanical, Aerospace or Automotive engineering
  • Freshers looking to gain project experience on CATIA



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  • Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate
  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
  • Build a professional portfolio
  • Automatically link your technical projects
  • E-verified profile that can be shared on LinkedIn


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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take your course?

There are no prerequisites for this course, so anyone who is interested in learning how to design using CATIA or CAD modeling can take this course. 

2What is included in your course?

  • Sketcher Workbench
  • Part Workbench
  • Boolean Operations
  • Drafting
  • Surface Design (Generative Shape Design Workbench)
  • Assembly 
  • Design Tree management

3What will the student gain from your course?

  • Will learn important tools and workbenches that are required for a CAD model creation
  • Will learn proper methods and practice used to create a model
  • Will be able to create any part and surface models based on their imagination

4What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

  • This course will cover all the required basic tools and workbenches. 
  • Students will learn and practice the tools by creating models similar to what is used in the industries.
  • Students will learn the proper way to work on a model so that it is presentable.
  • Based on the model complexity, they will learn to use multiple workbenches when needed rather than relying on a single workbench.
  • Then will also learn to choose the easiest approaches for working on a model.

5What is the real world application for the tools and techniques you will teach in this course?

  • This course will cover surface workbench which is used in BIW, plastic design etc
  • This course will cover drafting workbenches that are used to create 2d drawing from 3d model
  • Part and assembly workbench are covered which can be used for jig and fixture design
  •  You will learn to create a presentable CAD model for displaying your startup ideas
  • Tools, workbenches, approaches etc  explained here are the same as what the industry follows, so it will be easy to crack a tool test to get into core mechanical companies. 

6Which companies use these techniques and for what?

Automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding industries use the workbenches covered in the course for applications such as plastic design, jigs and fixture design, BIW design,  etc.

7How is your course going to help me in my path to MS or PhD?

You will be learning advanced and industry ready techniques in CATIA, while simultaneously working on multiple projects which would give your profile an edge over your peers. 

8How is this course going to help me get a job?

  • Methods, practice, tools, workbenches, shortcuts etc are taught based on the industry expectations.
  • You will be learning workbenches that are widely used by different design departments.
  • You will learn surface workbench used is widely used for BIW, plastic design, etc
  • You will learn drafting workbenches that are used to create 2d drawing from 3d models.
  • You will learn part and assembly workbench for can be used for jig and fixture design.
  • Tools, workbenches, approaches, etc explained here are the same as what the industry follows, so it will be easy to crack the tool test. 

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