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AutoCAD: Essentials

Who should attend?

Delivered by platinum Autodesk approved trainers, our AutoCAD Essentials course guarantees you the highest quality of training available, teaching you the latest techniques and insights into AutoCAD from industry leading experts.


No previous experience is required and upon completion, delegates will receive an Autodesk approved certificate of attendance and Autodesk approved manual.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this training, you will be able to create, modify and work with 2D drawings within AutoCAD, helping you to comfortably use these skills on a day to day basis.

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Course Details

Duration: 3 Days Classroom Training (now also delivering online)

Timings: 09:30 - 16:30

The following items are covered during the AutoCAD Essentials course:

Getting Started

  • Communicating with AutoCAD
  • Understanding the AutoCAD user interface
  • Getting out of trouble
  • Options for starting a drawing
  • Managing drawing files

Viewing a Drawing

  • Understanding drawing scale in AutoCAD
  • Moving around a drawing in “real time”
  • Time-saving display tools

Basic Drafting Tools

  • Using different coordinate systems in CAD
  • Using object snaps to control accuracy
  • Saving time with running osnaps
  • Your electronic T-square

Creating and Editing 2D Geometry

  • Creating lines, circles, and arcs in AutoCAD
  • Erasing, moving, copying, scaling, and rotating objects
  • Using grips for better editing

Managing Object Properties

  • Adding windows
  • Organising drawing geometry using layers
  • Working with different linetypes
  • Options for changing object properties

Basic Drawing Techniques

  • Using AutoCAD to make objects parallel, longer, repeat, or symmetrical
  • Trim unwanted segments, round object corners Creating orthographic views

Saving Time with Blocks

  • Draw something once and use it many times over
  • Using a library of drawing components
  • Using components from other drawings

Drawing Annotation

  • Use single and multiline text
  • Learning dimension techniques
  • Dimensioning angles, arcs and circles
  • Quick dimensions

Working with Layouts

  • Creating sheets for plotting
  • Using viewports
  • Setting layouts to plot to scale

Improving Drawing Appearance

  • How to use hatch patterns to represent different parts or materials

Getting Your Drawings Out

  • Plotting options, controlling plotting scale


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