Practical Catia



BREAKING NEWS: After advertising on our school's website for five years, Dassault decided it wanted to own our website. Instead of offering to buy it, Dassault filed a lawsuit in February 2009 accusing our school of infringing on Dassault's CATIA trademark. Unable to afford an attorney, I took on Dassault myself. Dassault was seeking millions of dollars in damages and a permanent injunction that would force us to take down our website and transfer ownership to Dassault. After Dassault spent millions of dollars on legal fees over the past eight years, the case was finally tried by a jury in March 2017.  The jury found us NOT GUILTY!!! of trademark infringement. Therefore, our website is still up and running, and Dassault can't do a thing about it. Chalk one up for the little guy.

Practical CATIA V5 Online Training




Hello, my name is Keith Childress.  I am the founder of Practical Catia Training. I'd like to welcome you to our school's web site, and thank you for taking the time to pay us a visit.

I've been involved in the design and engineering profession for more than 35 years. I'm a 1980 graduate of the Batavia School of Drafting and a 1982 graduated of the prestigious Philpot School of Automotive Body Drafting. I am also a former Batavia/Philpot School's instructor. I have been working with the CATIA software since 1986 and have been teaching people to use the software for more than 25 years.

I was responsible for the design and engineering of the restraint systems for the first two production Saturn vehicles, and was the Project Engineer for the Plymouth Prowler, responsible for all "body-in-white" panels. I'm proud to have have been awarded US Patents for the composite headlight assembly that I designed for GM's "W" Car (Lumina), and for the two seatbelt related components (dropping safety latch & seat belt cable mount) for the Saturn vehicle.

I have been asked to write articles that have appeared in the worldwide trade publications, CATIA Solutions, ProE , and Solid Solutions magazines. I have also been invited to speak at numerous high schools, technical schools, and colleges as an industry expert guest lecturer over the past 25 years.

My family and I founded our Practical Catia Training school in 1995 and have been providing CATIA training longer than any other training organization in the USA. Our Practical Catia Training course is based on our (me and my sons) combined 30+ years in the design/engineering profession and combined 25+ years using the CATIA software.

Our course is designed to teach you what you need to know to go to work using the CATIA software immediately.  We use many of the components we've designed during our careers as an aid in teaching our students how to use the CATIA software.  Our methodology for using the CATIA software applies to all disciplines (automotive, aerospace, tooling, fixtures, special machines, etc.).

We're proud of the outstanding reputation our school has earned over the years. Because of our outstanding reputation, IBM and its Business Partner MSC Software asked to advertise on our school's top-ranked websites beginning in 2001 as a means of promoting the new CATIA V5 software. In 2004, IBM's partner, Dassault Systemes (the French company that owns of the CATIA software), followed IBM and MSC Software's lead when they contacted us with a request to advertise its new Global Certification Program on the our school's website. We agreed and Dassault's banner ads appeared on our website for the next several years. (Click here to view Dassault's email and banner ads)

In addition to providing in-class CATIA training at our school's training facility in Madison Heights Michigan, we pioneered the use of the internet to provide our Practical Catia Training worldwide. We were the first - and only - training organization in the USA to offer live one-on-one internet-based (online) CATIA training. Please click here for more information regarding our online CATIA training.

We are also the only training organization to provide discounted training to the unemployed and to individuals who are employed but paying for the training out of their own pockets. Please click here for information regarding our discount pricing.

If you've visited our web site before, welcome back.  If this is your first visit, please be sure to take your time and have a good look around.  There's plenty of information to be found here.

Please use the menus located at the top of each page to navigate the website.  Soon you will discover all of the benefits that Practical Catia Training has to offer.  In addition, you'll find an excellent Job Search page, as well as a CATIA V5 FAQ page.  You can even test-drive CATIA.

If, after perusing our school's website, you have further questions, please feel free to give us a call at 586.693.2585, or send an email to

Thank you again for taking the time to visit our Practical Catia Training web site.  I hope you will find your visit informative and beneficial.

We look forward to hearing from you very soon. 

Keith Childress
Founder: Practical Catia Training

DISCLAIMER: The Practical Catia Training course is not offered as vocational training or as qualifying one for any particular employment.  There are no course credits transferable to any accredited educational institution.

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