AutoCAD Essentials Course

Course Details:

Length: 3 days

Price: $1730/person (USD)

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Course Features:

Live Instructor Teaching

Certificate of Completion

Courseware: Print

Hands-On Learning?: Yes

Software Lab Included?: Yes

Delivery Methods:

Live Online

Individuals and Groups
@ Your Location or Our Labs

Onsite for Teams

Group Teams
@ Your Organization

This is an instructor-led course. It is taught by an instructor live online or at organizations for groups.
For team training, we can teach onsite at your office or private live online.

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Course Overview

The objective of AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials is to enable students to create, modify, and work with a 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. Even at this fundamental level, the AutoCAD software is one of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Therefore learning to use it can be challenging.

AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. More advanced tools are also introduced throughout the training guide included with this course. Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the most essential tools and concepts, such as:

  • Understanding the AutoCAD workspace and user interface
  • Using basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools
  • Organizing drawing objects on layers
  • Using reusable symbols (blocks)
  • Preparing a layout to be plotted
  • Adding text, hatching, and dimensions

Register Early: Registration Deadline is 2 Weeks Prior to Class Start.

Course Notes

Versions That Can Attend: AutoCAD 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, & 2016 (Microsoft Windows PC)
Course Taught With: AutoCAD 2022 (Microsoft Windows PC) Software and Courseware
Not Appropriate For: Macintosh Versions of AutoCAD

Knowledge Prerequisites

A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology. A working knowledge of your operating system.

Suggested Follow-Ons

AutoCAD Advanced

Related Certifications

AutoCAD Certified User Certification
AutoCAD Certified Professional Certification

Certification Notes: Certification exams are administered by third party testing companies. Our courses prepare you for the certification exam, which is an additional fee paid to the testing provider. You must contact the corresponding testing provider to take a certification exam.

Course Topics

Chapter 1: Getting Started with AutoCAD
1.1 Starting the Software
1.2 User Interface
1.3 Working with Commands
1.4 Cartesian Workspace
1.5 Opening an Existing Drawing File
1.6 Viewing Your Drawing
1.7 Saving Your Work

Chapter 2: Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
2.1 Drawing Lines
2.2 Erasing Objects
2.3 Drawing Vertical and Horizontal Lines
2.4 Drawing Rectangles
2.5 Drawing Circles
2.6 Undo and Redo Actions

Chapter 3: Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
3.1 Create a Simple Drawing
3.2 Create Simple Shapes

Chapter 4: Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
4.1 Using Running Object Snaps
4.2 Using Object Snap Overrides
4.3 Polar Tracking at Angles
4.4 Object Snap Tracking
4.5 Drawing with Snap and Grid

Chapter 5: Making Changes in Your Drawing
5.1 Selecting Objects for Editing
5.2 Moving Objects
5.3 Copying Objects
5.4 Rotating Objects
5.5 Scaling Objects
5.6 Mirroring Objects
5.7 Editing with Grips

Chapter 6: Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
6.1 Schematic Project: Electronics Diagram
6.2 Architectural Project: Landscape
6.3 Mechanical Project: Using Polar and Tracking
6.4 Mechanical Project: Surge Protector
6.5 Mechanical Project Satellite

Chapter 7: Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
7.1 Creating New Drawings with Templates
7.2 What are Layers?
7.3 Layer States
7.4 Changing an Object's Layer

Chapter 8: Advanced Object Types
8.1 Drawing Arcs
8.2 Drawing Polylines
8.3 Editing Polylines
8.4 Drawing Splines
8.5 Drawing Polygons
8.6 Drawing Ellipses

Chapter 9: Analyzing Model and Object Properties
9.1 Working with Object Properties
9.2 Measuring Objects

Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
10.1 Architectural Project
10.2 Mechanical Project
10.3 Civil Project

Chapter 11: Advanced Editing Commands
11.1 Trimming and Extending Objects
11.2 Stretching Objects
11.3 Creating Fillets and Chamfers
11.4 Offsetting Objects
11.5 Creating Arrays of Objects

Chapter 12: Introduction to Blocks
12.1 What are Blocks?
12.2 Inserting Blocks using the Blocks Palette
12.3 Inserting Blocks using the Tool Palettes
12.4 Inserting Dynamic Blocks
12.5 Inserting Blocks using the Design Center

Chapter 13: Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
13.1 Mechanical Project 1: Plate
13.2 Mechanical Project 2: Gasket
13.3 Mechanical Project 3: Plate
13.4 Mechanical Project 4: Rocker Arm
13.5 Architectural Project 1: Floor Plan
13.6 Architectural Project 2: Floor Plan
13.7 Civil Project: Parking Lot

Chapter 14: Setting up a Layout
14.1 Working in Layouts
14.2 Creating Layouts
14.3 Creating Layout Viewports
14.4 Named Views
14.5 Guidelines for Layouts

Chapter 15: Printing Your Drawing
15.1 Printing Concepts
15.2 Printing Layouts
15.3 Print and Plot Settings

Chapter 16: Projects: Preparing to Print
16.1 Mechanical Project
16.2 Architectural Project

Chapter 17: Text
17.1 Working with Annotations
17.2 Modifying Multiline Text
17.3 Formatting Multiline Text
17.4 Adding Notes with Leaders to Your Drawing
17.5 Creating Tables
17.6 Modifying Tables (Optional)

Chapter 18: Hatching
18.1 Hatching
18.2 Editing Hatches

Chapter 19: Adding Dimensions
19.1 Dimensioning Concepts
19.2 Adding Linear Dimensions
19.3 Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions
19.4 Editing Dimensions

Chapter 20: Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
20.1 Mechanical Project
20.2 Architectural Project 1
20.3 Architectural Project 2
20.4 Civil Project

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