Fundamentals of AutoCAD Course Content


While the Fundamentals course is generic in nature, you have the option of specializing in Architectural, Mechanical, or Electrical drawings as part of the course. The architectural, mechanical, or electrical information is included in addition to the main units. You can select one of the specialization's.

  • Architectural Track. You will specifically work on architectural CAD drawings, following the AIA (American Institute of Architects) standards.
  • Mechanical Track. You will create several mechanical CAD drawings following the ANSI (American Standards Institute) and ISO (International Standards Organization) standards.
  • Electrical Track. This track will have you drawing electrical components and printed circuit boards with AutoCAD following the ANSI (American Standards Institute) standards.

Unit 1 - Introduction to AutoCAD and Working with the Windows Environment

Starting AutoCAD and Understanding the Display
Interacting with AutoCAD
AutoCAD File Operations

Unit 2 - Creating Your First Drawing

Setting up a Drawing
Using AutoCAD Drafting Tools
Understanding Objects

Unit 3 - Viewing and Plotting a Drawing

Understanding the Display and Virtual Screen
Using ZOOM and PAN To Control the Display
Using the Aerial View Window and Creating Views

Unit 4 - Basic CAD Drawing Techniques

Setting the Display Format and Units
Working with Prototype Drawings
Coordinate System Basics

Unit 5 - Understanding Layers and Linetypes

Working with Layers
Understanding and Creating Linetypes

Unit 6 - Creating Basic Geometry

Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Circles
Drawing Arcs

Unit 7 - Annotating a Drawing with Text and Hatching

Adding Text to a Drawing
Filling Areas with Hatching

Unit 8 - Drawing Accurately

Working with Entity Points and Object Snaps
Using Point Filters

Unit 9 - Creating Selection Sets

Methods for Creating a Selection Set
Selecting Objects
Changing the Selection and Using Object Selection Filters

Unit 10 - Basic Editing Skills

Deleting and Restoring Objects
Moving, Copying, and Offsetting Objects
Rotating, Mirroring, Scaling, and Stretching Objects
Editing Edges and Corners of Objects
Producing Arrays of Objects (ARRAY)

Unit 11 - Editing with Grips

Working with Grips
Using the Grips Autoedit Modes

Unit 12 - Advanced Drawing Techniques

Dividing and Measuring an Object
Drawing Rings and Ellipses
Working with Multilines

Unit 13 - Dimensioning a Drawing

Dimensioning Basics and Dimensioning with Precision
Linear and Radial Dimensioning
Angular Dimensioning
Editing Dimensions

Unit 14 - Modifying Object Characteristics

Changing Object Properties
Extracting Information from your Drawing

Unit 15 - Using Symbols and Attributes

Defining Groups
Creating Blocks
Adding Information to a Block with Attributes