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MFGR-141 - CATIA I - Curtis Krizer

Course:CATIA I
Professor:Curtis Krizer
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Curtis Krizer

My name is Curtis Krizer, and I LOVE this powerful CAD tool that we have from our class, and I look forward to showing you how to use this fantastic software.

I am a Sr. Mechanical Engineer that has used many different CAD systems over the years to both design, analyze, document, and manufacture all kinds of different products and systems, and I kept finding that all of the big aircraft and aerospace companies, the really big expensive projects, like fighter jets and rockets and airliners and formula race cars and so on, utilized CATIA. So I eventually learned and mastered CATIA as well, and now I have the privilege of sharing this knowledge and experience, with all of you.

Course Description

This course provides instruction in CATIA CAD software, an advanced 3d engineering design, analysis and manufacturing software used to design and manufacture a majority of the worlds most advanced aircraft, spacecraft, ships, race cars, and amazing architecture like the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Students will learn to utilize the software to create 3d solid and wireframe/surface parts, assemblies (Products), and electronically drafted drawings.

Students will download the CATIA software onto a PC or laptop computer of their own, or possibly onto one from the college that may be picked up from the tech center for one semester. We download the software off of our own dedicated servers at the college, and we will do it together in class. The student version of CATIA will be active for a full year from when we download.

CATIA gives students the modeling skills and ability to create output files of the designs they make so they can actually fabricate or manufacture their designs directly off of 3d printers, rapid prototype, or CNC manufacturing equipment.

What to Expect in this Course

We meet on Zoom on Mondays, and I dedicate half of each class to lecture, and half to lab time where I am available to help you with the assignments we are working on directly.

I try to demonstrate how to utilize the software on a screen while you work on your own system, so that you will do the work with me nearby so that I can help you directly; well, I mean, in a remote sense THIS semester, but there for you do ask any questions if you run into any difficulties. 

I also set up office Zoom times, or by arrangement if need be. Of course, you may reach me by e-mail or through Canvas.

All our assignments will be available on CANVAS, and exams and assignments will all be submitted through CANVAS as well. CANVAS also provides us a with a place to access Discussions (including a place to perhaps find questions from other students, discussions on assignments, or answers from me!), Announcements regarding latest class data, and other interesting course information, links, or resources.

Types of Assessments


There are 10 CATIA lab assignments that are all created on the computer, in CATIA software.

There is also a Final Project, Midterm Exam, and a Final Exam.

Both exams utilize a brief multiple choice written exam, the remainder being assignments completed in CATIA. All assignments are accessible and are turned in directly through CANVAS.

Textbook Information

V5R20 for Designers”, by Sham Tickoo
ISBN-10: 1932709940
ISBN-13: 978-1932709940

You will need the CATIA student software on a PC or laptop that will run it, as well internet access to connect with CANVAS, and Zoom to attend the lecture classes, and exams. We will download the CATIA software together in class, from a dedicated server we give you access to at the college. So we’ll do it together, and we have a tech department that is available for any problems we encounter on that end of things, if need be.

I also am suggesting and strongly recommending you have a second device to log into Zoom classes as a dedicated screen to watch the lectures on, as trying to juggle between a Zoom video lecture where you are watching my output screen, while you are trying to utilize and work in CATIA at the same time, gets very complicated. There are also bandwidth pauses and other fun hurdles, so that having two systems going for class so you may just work on CATIA, while watching our lecture really improves the class substantially.

Other Relevant Course Information

CATIA is a very expensive, super powerful CAD (Computer Aided Design/Drafting) software used to develop most of the most expensive and advanced machinery in the world. But we'll try to make it FUN, and fascinating!!

It's very exciting for me to be able to share this very powerful design, analysis, and manufacturing tool with our students, and look forward to meeting you all!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 08/19/2021 Sub#: 540