The demand placed on today’s engineers goes above and beyond the job description. Products have become complex and engineers are more frequently asked to leave specialized roles and to take on a wide variety of tasks that are beyond their traditional responsibilities. These tasks are centered on form, fit, and function. Engineers need to factor in broader concerns such as cost, procurement, sustainability, manufacturability, and serviceability. Their role has moved away from an individual responsibility to working as part of a collaborative engineering team, executing tradeoffs with both engineering and business stakeholders to meet project goals. These trends have forced today’s engineers to broaden their skillset to be successful.
Engineers today are required to be on the cutting edge of design innovation. This means not only understanding engineering principles that govern the title and role, but also perfecting the toolsets needed to design and develop products.
Through this specialization, you’ll learn the foundations of applying computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE), and manufacturing principles while developing your technical skills within Autodesk Fusion 360.
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What is the refund policy?
If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
Are there software requirements for these courses?
How do I access Autodesk® Fusion 360™ as a professional?
Professionals can purchase an annual or monthly commercial subscription to Fusion 360. For more information, visit the Fusion 360 subscribe page.
Fusion 360 is also available for free to all users as a 30-day trial.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Through this specialization, you'll learn the foundations of applying computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE), and manufacturing principles while developing your technical skills within Autodesk Fusion 360.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The CAD/CAM/CAE for Mechanical Engineering Specialization includes 4 multi-week courses. This includes the completion of lectures, video tutorials, practice exercises, challenge assignment, peer activities, and quizzes/assessment. You can complete the courses at your own pace!
What background knowledge is necessary?
Prior knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is helpful but not required to complete this course.
Should I take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, it's recommended that you complete the order in sequence in order to build upon your Fusion 360 software skills from foundational concepts to advanced application.
Will I earn university credit for completing this Specialization?
This course does not qualify for college or university credit. The Specialization does let your peers and hiring managers know that you are up on the latest industry trends.
What are the system requirements for Fusion 360?
How do I get installation support for Fusion 360?
How do I share my designs on the Autodesk Fusion gallery?
How do I become an Autodesk Certified User?
The Autodesk Certified User program offers students an opportunity to validate their Fusion 360 skills to prepare for professional careers in design and engineering. The certification exam is offered through 14,000 Certiport Testing Centers, and is available to students, educators, and professionals. To learn more about the Autodesk Certified user certification, visit www.certiport.com/acu.
Is this Specialization right for me?
This specialization is designed for mechanical engineering professionals working in the manufacturing industry who want to learn about generative design. Design Engineers who want to understand the manufacturing workflow from design to manufacturing using generative design technology would also benefit from this course.
This specialization can also be taken by engineers and designers currently using topology optimization and are interested in learning more about generative design technology in Autodesk Fusion 360.
Do I have the option to access this learning content for free?
Yes, you do have the option to audit the courses in this specialization, subject to Coursera's terms. Please note you must audit each course individually.
When you audit a course: You'll be able to see most of the course materials for free, but you won't be able to submit assignments or get grades for your work. You won't be able to submit assignments for feedback or a grade. You also won't get a Course or Specialization Certificate.
Visit the Coursera Help Center to learn more about auditing a course.
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