Standalone courses and CAD programs that include Solidworks training can be found at many 2- and 4-year colleges. CAD programs can lead to a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree.
Undergraduate Programs With Solidworks Training
Programs in computer aided design or industrial technology are offered by these institutions.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition(2015-2016)*|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,974 in-state, $8,610 out-of-state|
|University of West Florida||Pensacola, FL||4-year, Public||Standalone Course||Free for qualified applicants|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Standalone Course||$896**|
|University of California - San Diego||La Jolla, CA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$13,530 in-state, $38,238 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,810 in-state, $22,470 out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,766 in-state, $8,734 out-of-state|
|Laney College||Oakland, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,156 in-state, $6,316 out-of-state|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,352 in-state, $11,607 out-of-state|
|Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus||Fontana, CA||<2-year, Public||Standalone Course||N/A|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Standalone course||$4,750**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School Websites (2017)
School Selection Criteria
Here are some things to consider when looking for SolidWorks training courses at postsecondary institutions:
- Not all CAD programs include courses that cover SolidWorks. Interested students should carefully evaluate the school's curriculum before enrolling.
- Prospective students may want to find out if the school offers the SolidWorks software free of charge, or if students need to purchase it themselves.
- Since many SolidWorks courses are offered as part of broader CAD programs, it is important for prospective students to make sure that the rest of the program coincides with their educational interests and career goals.
- Prospective students who are considering certificates and noncredit courses should find out how many hours are dedicated to SolidWorks training, as it can vary widely between programs.
For students who just want to take a single course in SolidWorks, some schools offer standalone training courses in the use of this software. Students learn about the basic functionality of this automatic drawing software and its applications in industry. Topics of study include drawing creation, dimensional changes, geometric calculations, 3D rendering and element analysis. It is important to note that these programs may not confer college credits.
Certificate programs in computer-aided drafting/design (CAD) cover the basics of the field, and some include specific courses in SolidWorks. In total, they usually take one year or less to complete. Upon completion, students who finish a CAD certificate are prepared for entry-level drafting and design jobs.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in CAD provide a broad introduction to drafting, as well as general education courses. In some programs, students can choose to study SolidWorks through elective courses. In others, an advanced SolidWorks course is a core requirement for students who declare a specific concentration, such as mechanical/electro-mechanical drafting. Associate's degree programs usually take two years of full-time study to complete.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
A few schools offer bachelor's degree programs that cover CAD and include courses in SolidWorks. In these four-year programs, students gain technical skills in CAD while also completing general education requirements. These programs also cover the business and legal aspects of the manufacturing industry so that graduates are prepared for professional success in careers related to industrial product design.
SolidWorks training is available through standalone courses, certificate programs and undergraduate degree programs. Students can choose between the different training options based on their educational goals and career aspirations.