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Mechanical Engineering CAD

Using computer software as a tool to create and improve manufacturing projects from ship-building to the aerospace industry.

Mechanical Engineering CAD could be for you if you like:

  • Being creative
  • Complex problems
  • Making things
  • Using computers

Why choose this skill?

My skill works with mechanical engineering, using creativity to solve the problems of machines. And what I like most about my skill is every day I'm working with a different product, from an airplane to a cotton swab.
— Leandro Ericles, Competitor at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015
My skill completely changed my way of thinking. I heard about mechanical design very late during my engineering studies. I immediately loved design, and particularly CAD. You should consider a career in my skill because it is a constantly evolving field. And there's nothing cooler than seeing your plans become real after they're made.
— Loïc Forthomme, Competitor at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

More about this skill

Computer aided design (CAD) uses specialist software to create two and three dimensional images and animations of projects both in manufacturing and for use in advertising and technical manuals.

CAD can convey many types of information, including dimensions, types of material, and tolerances and is essential in offering solutions to both engineering and manufacturing problems.

By producing photorealistic animations and videos, it can simulate how a design will actually function in the real world.


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A leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, WorldSkills Competitors use Inventor® 3D CAD software to develop their projects as it would be done in a commercial engineering department. Autodesk also provides competitors and mentors software and learning materials.

Standards Specification

The WorldSkills Standards Specification specifies the knowledge, understanding and specific skills that underpin international best practice in technical and vocational performance. It should reflect a shared global understanding of what the associated work role(s) or occupation(s) represent for industry and business.