If you have in interest in how things work (or how to make them work better), this program is for you.
Learn how to bring ideas to life.
This flexible, comprehensive program was designed to accommodate individuals of all skill levels - from beginner to advanced. Our counselors create a customized training program to fit your past experience, current needs, and future goals. Visible Edge specializes in this complex discipline, with over 30 years of experience providing mechanical design support, services and resources. Throughout this program, we'll share our vast industry knowledge with you. You will be taught industry-standard skills and tools user by top manufacturers and product development companies around the world. A vast range of electives are also included in the program to expand your skill set, strengthen your knowledge, increase your employment marketability, and give you a competitive edge.
If you have in interest in how things work, or how to make them work better, then this program is for you. Our program can be specifically designed towards individuals with little or no formal training in Mechanical Design. If you are already a draftsman or CAD operator, this program can be tailored to your individual skillset in order to transition you into a full design role.
Begin your studies by receiving and introduction to SolidWorks, a state-of-the-art CAD system. Learn to not only create 3D parametric geometry, but also become familiar with the basics of the Mechanical Design & Development Process.
The program will guide you through a 4-part series overviewing Manufacturing Processes and Sciences. The first part of the series will introduce you to topics such as Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), CNC Machines, Assembly, Tools for Threaded Fasteners, Math Fundamentals, Units of Measurement, Physical/Mechanical Properties, Metals, Plastics, Mechanical Systems, Fluid Systems, Adhesive Bonding, Coating Composition, Fastener Ergonomics, Composite Processes, Applied & Engineering Sciences, and Manufacturing Process Applications.
Progressing through the program, you'll alternate between challenging CAD functions. Additionally, you'll dive deeper into how the designs you create will be made. Cover functionality including SolidWorks Composer, SolidWorks eDrawings, and SolidWorks CAD Drills for Parts/Drawings. For those without a drafting background, we also offer optional Engineering Drawing & Graphics and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) courses.
Part 2 of the program continues with Basic Measurement, Basics of Tolerance, Blueprint Reading, 5S, Troubleshooting, Quality, EDM, Machine Tools, Screw Machining, Abrasives, Press Basics, Punch and Die Operations, Bending Fundamentals, Basic Additive Manufacturing Process, Welding Processes, Geometry Fundamentals for Welding, Algebra Fundamentals and Shop Geometry. Additional CAD functionality will be explored including SolidWorks Drawings, SolidWorks Essentials for Parts & Assembly Design, and preparation for the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) Certification Exam.
Parts 3 & 4 of the overview of Manufacturing Processes and Sciences series covers introductory topics including Introduction to Robotics, Robot Safety, Bloodborne Pathogens, Intro to OSHA, Ergonomics, Workholding, Fixture Design Basics, Manual Mill & Engine Lathe Basics, Basic Cutting Theory, Control Devices, Distribution Systems, Electrical Units, Circuits, Magnetism, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components, Fluid Conductors, Shop Trigonometry, Personal Protective Equipment, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, SDS and Hazard Communication, Hand and Power Tool Safety, Fire Safety and Prevention, High-Speed Machining, GD&T, the Major Rules of GD&T and GD&T Applications.
Finally, rounding out the program, you'll have the chance to explore the fundamentals of Physics, Machine Design, Design for Manufacturing (DFM), and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) - followed by an Introduction to Mechanical Systems including Forces of Machines, Power Transmission Components, Mechanical Power Variables, Lubricant Fundamentals, Bearing/Spring/Clutch/Break Applications, Belt Drive & Gear Applications, and Gear Geometry.
Upon completion of the program, you'll receive an industry-recognized Certification in SolidWorks (CSWA) to show prospective employers that you're a proficient 3D Parametric Solid Modeler & Detailer. Also, through our partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), you will attain the industry Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) credential. This is the only certification in the manufacturing industry that is focused on basic manufacturing concepts critical for anyone who wants to be a good designer.
Although this program is currently non-accredited, it is roughly equivalent to the course material covered in an Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program, at a fraction of the cost and time.
We also offer a wide range of in demand and unique electives that will increase your employment marketability over other traditionally trained candidates. If you are currently unemployed, you may qualify to have the entire program paid for, 100%, without any out-of-pocket costs to you. We are WIOA, Trade Act, Section 30 and GI Bill Approved.
We also offer various other financing options. Our counselors are available to help put together a customized program to meet your needs. Our counselors are available to help put together a customized program to meet your needs.