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SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Course



The SOLIDWORKS Essentials course is recommended to anyone new to SOLIDWORKS. Whether you have migrated from 2D CAD, another 3D system, or have no experience with CAD at all this course is suitable for you.

Starting from the very basics of the program, the course develops looking at modelling essentials required for day to day use of the software, right through to some advanced topics for automating designs. Part and Assembly modelling and also the 2D drawing environment are introduced during this course.
SOLIDWORKS Training Agenda


  • Experience navigating around the Windows Operating System
  • Getting Started Tutorials- (Help > SOLIDWORKS Tutorials)
SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training

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they know there onions!
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Service Rating : Excellent Trainer who guides you through every step until it is fully understood.
Product : Well set out course complete with book for future reference
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Very good course, learnt more than I thought I would. Lessons were delivered in easy to manage sections and the learning environment was just what was needed for learning.
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Service Rating : Dave was extremely knowledgeable and had the patience of a saint ! Explained everything thoroughly.
Product : Genuinely enjoyed the essentials course, even though I was new to 2D/3D CAD I can honestly say I've come away with a lot more knowledge and understanding.
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Clear, Good knowledge of solid works, organised, tended to queries or issus quickly.
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Service Rating : Ben, our ‘tutor’, was excellent. And pitched the lessons at the pace required by the experience of the group and I did my best not to hold the lessons back and thankfully I did (mostly)

Overall, it was well run and very enjoyable. My only criticism (more by way of constructive criticism than complaint) is that occasionally Ben would be explaining something and say click this, then this, then this, enter 5mm, click that, then that… but all so quickly that on a couple of occasions, I missed the initial couple of clicks and was lost completely. That said, a quick cry for help and Ben would pop round and explain (with only minimal exasperation) – but to be fair, we were an awesome group, so he probably just thought we’d keep up :)
Product : Having inherited the role and only having experience of AutoCAD (17 years), I decided to just familiarise myself with SOLIDWORKS but do no more than that, so that when I attended the Essentials course, I’d not have picked u
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yes I would recommend the trainer again.
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Service Rating : Great course and the trainer (Jon Hall) presented well and took time to answer any questions and make sure that everyone could complete the exercises.
Product : The course covered all of the basics and I received a support call a few days later to ask how I felt it went and to remind me that I can call any time that I need assistance.
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Service Rating : Well presented with excellent product and background knowledge.
Product : Got everything I needed from the course!
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Service Rating : He has Good grasp of the topics.
Talked and taught at a good pace
Happy to answer questions
Product : Support call was excellent, they were eager to assist
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Instructor was very helpful - would recommend.
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Service Rating : As a complete novice on SOLIDWORKS I found my trainer Jon to be very patient, knowledgeable and helpful, I left feeling that I had made good progress. Many thanks
Product : The training course got harder very quickly, as a complete beginner I would have liked more time to get to know the basics. Having said that the course was very thorough over 4 days and well worth attending.
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Instructor kept the course flowing well and was very open in explaining things that beyond this particular course.
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Service Rating : Excellent customer service from the account manager, Paul Fuge. A pleasure to deal with and a brilliant course
Product : Trainer, Ben Pearson, was highly knowledgeable and provided an excellent amount of support to myself who was unfamiliar with the software prior to the training. It was a good well rounded course that provided me with a foundation to build on going forward with my training.
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Overall very informative. Very mixed ability group meant there was a bit of waiting around for the real beginners to SOLIDWORKS, some people didn't pay attention during demonstrations which really held things up for the other members of the group when they kept asking about things which had been told 5 minutes before. Ben had the patience of a saint, and was keen to show the full potential of the program if one keeps practicing.
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very good
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Squeezed the essentials course down into 2 days at our request and still managed to cover everything in a clear and precise manner. Although I've been using SOLIDWORKS for a number of years (self-taught) I still learnt a huge amount from Russell.
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Our trainer was very articulate and professional. He was very patient and explanatory to the to the less experienced users. The course itself was very well presented and I felt that I learned much which I can now apply to my business.
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Trainers are extremely proficient and knowledgeable as you would expect.
For people who are relatively slow at picking things up the time constraints are an issue, particularly if the software is not accessible other than at the course.
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Service Rating : Good trainer, clear instructions and very helpful
Product : Good course, a lot to cram into four days.
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The course trainer was very knowledgeable on SOLIDWORKS and made every effort to answer questions. However I recommend that in future less emphasis is placed on covering every chapter in the book and more emphasis placed on ensuring that every student is comfortable with the basic features/commands. I realise that a class will contain varying levels of ability and tailoring the course to each individual is not practical, but there is nothing worse than feeling left behind and overwhelmed buy the course content.
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Service Rating : Trainer was knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.
Product : Facilities were excellent
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Service Rating : Extremely knowledgeable about the software and the course, very helpful in answering general questions and suggesting further courses. Eternally patient whenever I broke the software.
Product : The course was a good introduction to using the software; simple enough that even I could get my head around it but still had enough stuff to show off some new tricks.
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Service Rating : A fantastic four days at Solid Solutions HQ. Tom was a great trainer who managed to keep the course going at a good pace whilst making sure everyone was still following along and happy with the content, which I imagine can be difficult in a mixed ability group like ours.
Product : Although having used SOLIDWORKS for around 3 months now but with no formal training the essentials course has really opened my eyes to a lot more of the functionality in the software. I'm already looking forward to the next couple of courses I have booked!
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Service Rating : I found the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course very well structured, any queries or concerns that i had throughout the 4-Day course, were well answered, and often re-phrased for ease of understanding.
Product : As mentioned previously, when raising questions during the course, our trainer was able to easily answer them, showing great knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and what it has to offer.
He also showed different approaches to the software and features, to be similar to that of the software we are used to (Creo).
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Service Rating : Yassim was a Brilliant trainer, he was very knowledgeable and patient. Give that man a raise!
Product : Brilliant course and trainer. Essentials is a great way to start with SOLIDWORKS, but i would advise spending sometime before the course to familiarize yourself with it first as this will make the course much more enjoyable.
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Service Rating : Rory has extensive knowledge of the software and was able to answer all of the questions put to him. The course was comprehensive and covered many aspects of SOLIDWORKS.
The pace of the course is good and is not too quick that you cannot take everything in.
Product : Very good course covering lots of SOLIDWORKS topics.
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Service Rating : Excellent, All topics were clearly ran through and thoroughly described. I was an interesting and enjoyable experience.
Product : Great, the set up supplied was everything that was needed
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Service Rating : Rory was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. , the venue was good as well.
Product : They were very good, good support, sales process was professional.
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Service Rating : Rory was very patient and knowledgeable of SOLIDWORKS tricks and errors.
Product : Essentials course was really good, very detailed. If someone worked with SOLIDWORKS before the pace might be a bit slow but they will still learn a lot of new, useful stuff.
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Service Rating : Excellent course with a well thought (and planned) training days. Every single aspect in the book was covered, including on the final day when other courses start skipping out things. The lecturer was helpful, knowledgeable with a good depth of experience to cover other aspects of SOLIDWORKS.

I did sometimes find the pace of the course a bit fast at times, but this could be due to my inexperience of SOLIDWORKS or Mechanical engineering.
Product : The course was excellent and well paced. Every aspect of the book was covered.
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Service Rating : knowledgeable instructor, good atmosphere
Product : I thought it was very good
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The Trainer showed excellent knowledge of the software and had a good rapport with all the trainees.

While i found the level of training and the trainer were excellent, I felt to call this an Essentials Training course was a little miss leading. I had no knowledge of Solid works but found that the content was aimed at persons new to 3D modeling.

It was more of a Basic Modeling course with a small amount of Drawing and Assembly at the end.

I appreciate that you have specific course for Drawings, Assemblies and Advanced modeling, but i felt that it was not a very well rounded course for the title of essentials.
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Before I came to the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Essentials training course, I thought it could be a quite easy ride for me, since I have been using SW 2013 and its earlier versions for many years. During the course I found that the new SW had changed a lot during the four years, so it was really interesting to learn some new ways of doing the same thing but faster and many short cuts.
The whole 4-day course had been busy for me. The trainer Tom is very good, tried hard to show more useful ideas and helped us with patience. I look forward to further, more advance SW trainings in the near future.
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Very good knowledge of the product, helped with individual specific problems
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I was extremely impressed with Tom Watkins as a teacher. His ability to clarify things and to answer difficult questions is formidable. The only factor preventing me from giving 5 stars is how I found the pace of the course, which is governed by the ratio of the time and the amount of material to cover. This has been my experience on all the courses I have attended.
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Rory Niles was "Brilliant". His patience and assistance during the course with a relative novice were exceptional.
Well done Rory and thanks for all your help!
I'm now looking forward to getting some practice at work.
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Good course covering everything as expected. Will book further courses to cover the individual subjects in more detail.
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Service Rating : Clear, confidently taught, and helpful.
Product : Good course. Covered lots and feel confident with the knowledge gained.
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Service Rating : Very energetic and kept my interest throughout. Had in depth knowledge on all questions asked, relevant and not so relevant. Thanks for a great few days.
Product : Very energetic and kept my interest throughout. Had in depth knowledge on all questions asked, relevant and not so relevant. Thanks for a great few days.
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Service Rating : Very knowledgeable and well prepared.

Familiar with common mistakes which one makes during the exercise to instantly point out those mistakes and rectify them accordingly.

Friendly, pleasent and never come across as being patronising.
Product : Facility is execellent.

Traninng stations all made ready and fit for purpose.

Spacious room with good lighting, comfortable seats well placed with large screen for delivering course material

Good supply of water and beverages throughout the day.

Great canteen with enough varieties of food to suit different tastes.
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Service Rating : Engaging, knowledgeable and blessed with the requisite sense of humour.
Product : SOLIDWORKS Essentials. A good introduction to CAD and the software application - informing us of the wide range of technical capabilities available from SOLIDWORKS.
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Patient and very knowledgeable
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Service Rating : Very informative. Patient. Helped me to learn specific shortcuts related to my job.
Product : Good course, used it more to re-affirm my knowledge for particular parts.
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Service Rating : Very helpful and knowledgeable with lots of patience
Product : Fast paced and very full, some prior experience a must but having a live trainer adds hugely more value than online or book alone.
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Service Rating : Chris Green was a great instructor and very patient specially with a slow learner!!
Product : wondered if the training course could maybe be split up as was a lot to take in over 4 days when starting from scratch
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Service Rating : Good knowledge of the product
Product : I feel a beginners course could be added for non users.
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Service Rating : Chris was great. Really at home with the material and the software. Clear explanations, lots of helpful hints and tips, and overall did a really good job.
Product : The Essentials course is to get a complete beginner up to a basic standard of competence with the software. That is exactly what happened - I was a complete beginner, and now I am competent! I am under no illusions that I know everything - SOLIDWORKS is far too complex and powerful to learn everything in four days. However, I can now build parts, create assemblies, do some basic simulation work, generate drawings for sending to manufacture, and I have a great base on which to build. For anybody wanting to learn the software and get a good grounding in all aspects of it, this course is excellent!
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Service Rating : Knowledgable, clear and supportive
Product : Useful, comprehensive, with a good balance between lesson and exercises