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Computer Aided Design (CAD) in the Industrial Development Process

Modern industrial development processes depend on modern design methods. Therefore, computer aided design (CAD) methods have been an essential tool in product development for quite some time.
In the course ‘Computer Aided Design (CAD) in the Industrial Development Process’ at TU Graz, you will acquire a thorough knowledge of 3D CAD design and learn how components and assemblies are developed in practice.


The course is divided into three blocks: Block 1:
  • Fundamentals of computer-based development
  • Introduction to 3D CAD design (CATIA V5)
Block 2:
  • Parametric associative design methods
  • Extended, production-oriented design of 3D components
  • Structure and design of assemblies
  • Digital mock-up and motion simulation in CATIA V5
Block 3:
  • Wire mesh and surface design in CATIA V5
The blocks can be booked separately and can be adapted to the specific needs of your company.

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

This course is aimed at people who have a basic education and/or professional experience in mechanical engineering who want to further develop their skills or obtain a higher qualification in virtual product development. To take part in this course you need basic knowledge of
  • descriptive geometry,
  • engineering design, 
  • technical drawing and
  • computer skills.  
The following qualifications count as suitable evidence of these skills: certificates from higher technical institutes, universities and third-level colleges and relevant training courses.

Dates and Deadlines

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 2 semesters (3 blocks of 5 days each)
  • Certificate: confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German; by arrangement, English is also possible
  • Course fees:
    • € 1,890 (VAT free) per block
    • € 5,500 (VAT free) for all three blocks

      Course handouts and drinks are included in the fees.

  • Number of participants: 10–12
  • Location: TU Graz or in-house training
  • Organisation: 3 blocks of 5 days each
    • Block 1: 30 hours of lectures and 10 hours of practical exercises
    • Blocks 2 and 3: in each block 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of practical exercises

      Individual blocks can also be booked separately.

The big development in engineering design at the end of the last century was the migration from the drawing board to the computer, and today the central challenge is to achieve the best possible integration of product design in the development process. This course is aimed at people who already have good fundamental knowledge of engineering design and who want to improve their knowledge of state-of-the-art virtual product development. Building on the basics of CAD, we will examine the development and application of current methods in design. A series of practical exercises complete the course and give the students a look into the way development processes are handled in industrial practice.

Programme Director

Mario HIRZ
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Institute of Automotive Engineering
Phone: +43 316 873 35220


Sarah Meinhardt

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Tel.: +43 316 873 4945