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2D - 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD)

2D Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Course description

This course is designed for those employed in industry or seeking employment in mechanical, electrical/electronic, fabrication, and fluid power industries in roles that require use of computer aided design systems, including linked bills of material, file management and associated customisation of installed software, to produce two dimensional drawings.

The course includes three units of competency, which meet the minimum requirement to proceed with the three dimensional computer aided design course also available.

Units of study

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM09009C Create 2D drawings using computer aided design system
Frequently Asked Questions
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Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFE Digital by phone or chat.
What is CAD?
CAD stands for Computer Aided DesignCAD stands for Computer Aided Design which is used to create 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional technical drawings to aid the design and manufacturing of items as small as a pin to as large as an cargo ship and beyond.
At a minimum, what software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum software specifications for your course are:

  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser
Where is CAD used?
Computer Aided Design (CAD) is used across a range of industries, including fields as diverse as building, construction, manufacturing, fabrication, electrical design, furniture design, architects, drafters, engineers, builders, kitchen manufacturers, artists and jewellery design.
At a minimum, what computer skills do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone or digital video so that you can video practical tasks for some courses
What is the purpose of CAD?
The principal is to design complex structures digitally before going to the time and expense of real-world manufacturing. CAD can also be used prior to using CNC (Computer Numeric Control) where components are designed on computer and then manufactured used computer controlled machinery.
How will I contact TAFE Digital if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFE Digital website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Is 2D needed for the next course?
The 2D skill set is a prerequisite to the 3D skill set.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFE Digital has teamed up with the national service Studiosity, to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
Is there any special software used in CAD?
Yes there are many CAD programs available such as Autodesk's AutoCAD which is available in full blown versions for designers of products or a smaller, lighter version suitable for people who mainly need to read the diagrams.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFE Digital librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFE Digital's re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFE Digital’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an TAFE NSW campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
If I do a course with TAFE Digital, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFE Digital can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory declaration
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Course Code: 2D
Course Duration: 6 months
Recognition: Non-Accredited
Cost: $900
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