Post Graduate Diploma in Design and Development of a Passenger Car

Post Graduate Diploma in Design and Development of a Passenger Car

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Program Overview

Are you an automotive enthusiast? Do you have a keen interest in watching the features, development and evolution of automobiles? We know how it feels to follow our passion and to stay updated in that field. But, wouldn’t that be more interesting and enjoyable if we get a chance to go through the process and understand every step of it toward building the product. Well, for all car enthusiasts here, especially for the ones who aspire to build their career in the automobile field, we have developed a course, Post Graduate Diploma in Design and Development of a Passenger Car(SUV)

This course aims at making you develop a complete car (SUV) from the scratch until design freeze. In addition to modelling automobile components, you will get to know about the engineering concepts behind them and the challenges that arise in each stage of development. The course will also give you a deep insight into the techniques like Benchmarking, Localization and Cost Reduction activities which are followed in all the OEMs globally. At the end of this course, the students will know about the entire vehicle development process from scratch both in the 3D modelling and physical part.  Most of the OEMs prefer either CATIA or NX CAD as 3D modelling software. This program will provide you with hands-on experience on both these softwares. 

List of courses covered in the program: 

  1. Class A Surfacing of an SUV using ALIAS 
  2. Automotive BiW Development using NX CAD 
  3. Basics of CATIA V5 
  4. Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA V5
  5. Advanced Automotive Seating Systems 
  6. Automotive Lighting Design 
  7. Wiring Harness using CATIA V5 
  8. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing using NX CAD


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1Class A Surfacing of an SUV using ALIAS

The total appearance of the vehicle depends on its design and styling. The style of a vehicle is the first and foremost thing that attracts customers and so, it impacts the human-product interaction directly. Other than aesthetic appearance, the styling also affects the design and performance of vehicles. This in turn demands a better understanding of the styling of vehicles. This course will teach you the basics of research, the advanced sketching followed by digital tools and advanced rendering with the prospect of visualisations.

In this module, you will learn about: 

  • Introduction to the Industry 
  • Research 
  • Sketching 
  • Rendering 
  • Modeling 
  • Visualization 

2Automotive BiW Development using NX CAD

BiW refers to the entire sheet metal body of an automobile before mounting other automobile components. It serves as the skeleton of the automobile and its performance greatly influences the performance of vehicles. In this module, we will focus on the modeling of assemblies using NX CAD software considering the design, functional, crash, safety and production requirements. 

The topics covered in this module include 

  • Vehicle Development Cycle 
  • Basics of Automotive Body in White
  • Design Methodology of a Hood, Fender, Roof, Back Doors, and Side Doors
  • Case Study - Converting - Backdoor/Tailgate Inner Panel
  • Design of Key Mechanism - Lock and Striker 
  • Process and Challenges with Supplier Manufactured Parts: Case Study

3Basics of CATIA V5

CATIA is the most commonly used design software and 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. In this course, students will begin by learning the interface of CATIA and the various workbenches available within the software. 

Here, you will learn 

  • Sketching 
  • Part Design 
  • Advanced Part Design & Drafting 
  • Assembly Design 
  • Surface Design 

4Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA V5

Plastics have so many appealing characteristics which emphasize their use as the material for some automobile parts. This module of the course covers the modeling of different automotive plastic components and assemblies using CATIA V5. 

Here, you will learn how to model 

  • Side Door Trims
  • Back Door Trim
  • Bottom Scuff Plate (Front and Back)
  • A-Pillar Lower & Upper Trims
  • B-Pillar Lower & Upper Trim
  • Centre Console Cover 
  • Centre Switch Bezel
  • Driver Side Lower Panel
  • Glove Box Cover
  • Crush Pad for Glove Box
  • Console
  • Side Cover
  • Headlights
  • Headliner 
  • Front Bumper 

5Advanced Automotive Seating Systems using CATIA V5

Automobile seats impact the comfort of the occupants directly since it is in direct contact with the occupants. Other than supporting the occupants and positioning them, seats have a major role in ensuring the safety of the occupants. 

This module of the course covers: 

  • Program Life Cycle 
  • Introduction to Automotive Seating and Components of a Seating system 
  • Introduction to the design of sheet metal parts, tubes and wires in seating structures.
  • Overview of Durability Requirements
  • Mechanism of Seating Structures 
  • Introduction to Seat Kinematics 
  • Different joints used in the  seat structure
  • GD&T
  • Tolerance Stack Up
  • Design of  Rear Seat Structures
  • Kinematics for Rear Seat 
  • Design of Foam Pads
  • Design of seat plastics: A-surface in CATIA V5
  • Design of seat plastics: B-surface in CATIA V5
  • Foam trim and plastic interfaces

6Automotive Lighting Design using CATIA V5

An automobile has various lights. We have headlights, taillights, signal lights, brake lights and so on. Each of them has a specific role to perform. They either help the driver or are used to signal other vehicles. The proper functioning and usage of automobile lights are extremely important to avoid accidents.  

This module covers the modeling of

  • Head Light 
  • Tail Light 
  • Number Plate Lamp 
  • Side Indicator Lamp

7Automotive Wiring Harness using Catia V5 for an e-SUV

Earlier cars used only a few electrical systems for their operation. But, in a modern car, the number of electrical components is huge. This in turn demands a sophisticated electrical system. To make the complex wiring of this system simpler, a wiring harness is used. A wiring harness is an organised set of wires or cables that runs throughout the vehicle for connecting different components. 

This module deals with 

  • Vehicle E&E Architecture Basics 
    • Introduction to the E&E Logical & Physical Architecture 
    • Industry Practices for Physical Architecture (Component location) 
  • Wiring harness Design and Routing 
    • Wiring Harness Design process and Stage-wise Activities 
    • Wiring Harness Topology Basics 
    • Basics of DFA, DFM and DFS for Wiring Harness and Industry Best practices
    • Wiring Harness Layouts
    • Rules and Best Practices for Harness Routing
    • Different Types of Clips, Clamps and Mountings used in Wiring Harnesses
    • Applications of  Clips/Clamps/Grommets
    • Applications of Plastic Channels & Brackets
    • Harness Branching Guidelines
    • Interconnection Connection Parking
    • Guidelines for Busbar, PDM mounting, ECU mountings
    • Types of Protection Devices/Convolutes and its Applications

8Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing using NX CAD

This module of the course deals with Geometric Tolerance & Dimensioning(GD&T). GD&T is a system of symbolic language used for the better communication of engineering drawings. It conveys the degree of precision and accuracy within which an engineering part should be manufactured. 

Here, you will learn about 

  • Introduction to GD&T 
  • Rules, symbols and form tolerances 
  • Datums, modifiers, virtual conditions
  • Orientation tolerance & Profile tolerance 
  • Position tolerance 
  • Coaxiality, symmetricity, run-outs 
  • Understanding GD&T drawing

Projects Overview

Class A Surfacing of an e-SUV using ALIAS


Student can follow the video tutorials directly or use their own approach to model the:


  • Create the entire volume of Exterior, following the exact same procedure. For your design you can use the same scan, stick to the overall surfaces & surface proportions & once the volume is complete, change the surfaces according to your sketches & desirability.


  • Focus on the components and build relations one after the other, complete the entire interior of the car

Developing the BIW components of the Car


During the course of this program, you are required to completely develop the BIW components of the SUV model that you want to build. The models built will have to satisfy the industry specifications mentioned in the course videos. Some of the parts that you will work on are:
1. Side Door
2. Body Side

Design the seating for the E-SUV


The seating system of the SUV that is developed during the course of this program will have to be modelled according to the industry specifications mentioned in the course videos.

Complete the Wiring Harness for the E-SUV


The SUV that you develop will have a large list of electrical components that need to be connected. In this project, the student will have to completely model the wiring harness that connects all components according to the industry specifications that are covered in the course content

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Per month for 10 months

  • Master's Assistance : Lifetime
  • Access Duration : Lifetime
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Individual Video Support : 24x7
  • Group Video Support : 24x7
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
  • Telephone Support : Available
  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available
  • Paid Internship : 3 Months


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  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
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1Who can take this course?

  1. Any Engineering student who is in the 3rd year/final year of the Degree program 
  2. Students aspiring to enter a reputed University for Post-Graduation 
  3. Students aspiring to enter Automotive Industry (OEM, TIER I, TIER II) 
  4. Students who are passionate about design and the processes involved in developing a car

2What is included in this program?

The program includes detailed set of content to help the student completely understand the life cycle in the design phase of an automobile. The content includes videos that show how to build the models as well as the engineering aspects as to why the model was made that way. In order to fortify their learning, each student will have to complete projects based on the content covered in the videos to make them ready for the industry.

3What will a student gain from this program?

The level of exposure and experience the students will gain over this program will provide them with in depth knowledge of various strength and functional standards, quality and problem solving techniques, testing and homologation requirements of producing automotive components to ensure quality and manufacturability at an optimum cost. The Industry believes that a person who knows the engineering behind every fillet, radius and emboss of a component is a real engineer than the person who just models the part in a 3D tool. This program highly focuses on inculcating the engineering behind each and every component rather than just 3D modelling them.

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

Softwares such as 

  • Autodesk ALIAS for Class A modelling
  • Siemens NXCAD for surface modelling
  • CATIA for surface modelling, plastic design, seating design and wiring harness

5What are the real-world application for the tools and techniques being taught in this program?

Learning these tools and techniques may allow you to pursue a career as

  • Design Engineer (OEM/Tier 1)
  • Plastic design engineer
  • Sheet metal/ BIW design engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Design and release engineer (D&R)
  • Wiring harness engineer/ designer

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