AutoCAD for Novice User
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COURSE COST: $1475.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Printable version of this course


This 5-day AutoCAD for Novice Users class is designed for individuals who need to come up on the AutoCAD software but who have little or no CAD, drafting or architectural design background. It provides extra time for practice labs and review sessions so that individuals can gain a better mastery of the skills and concepts needed to go from novice to skilled AutoCAD user in a single week.

The objective of AutoCAD for Novice Users is to enable students to create a basic 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. This course 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 introduced throughout the class. Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the most essential tools and concepts to work competently with the software.


The AutoCAD® for Novice Users class is designed for those using AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® with a Windows operating system. This class is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software or hardware.

No prior working knowledge of CAD software is required for this class. In addition, students need no prior drafting or architectural design background to successfully complete this class. However, if you do have prior CAD experience. A working knowledge of basic design or drafting procedures and terminology. A working knowledge of the Windows operating system is required. If you do have prior CAD, drafting, or architectural background, you can take the 3-day version of this class


*Course cost listed does not include the cost of courseware. Please contact us at or 207-775-0244 for additional pricing information, or if you have any questions. Course is subject to a minimum enrollment to run. Course may run as a virtual instructor led class if the minimum enrollment has not been met.


1: Getting Started with AutoCAD
Starting the Software
User Interface
Working with Commands
Cartesian Workspace
Opening an Existing Drawing File
Viewing Your Drawing
Saving Your Work

2: Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
Drawing Lines
Erasing Objects
Drawing Vertical and Horizontal Lines
Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Circles
Undo and Redo Actions

3: Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
Create a Simple Drawing
Create Simple Shapes

4: Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
Using Running Object Snaps
Using Object Snap Overrides
Polar Tracking at Angles
Object Snap Tracking
(Optional) Drawing with Snap and Grid

5: Making Changes in Your Drawing
Selecting Objects for Editing
Moving Objects
Rotating Objects
Scaling Objects
Mirroring Objects
Editing with Grips

6: Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
Schematic Project: Electronics Diagram
Architectural Project: Landscape
Mechanical Project: Using Polar and Tracking
Mechanical Project: Surge Protector
Mechanical Project: Satellite

7: Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
Creating New Drawings With Templates
What are Layers?
Layer States
Changing an Object’s Layer

8: Advanced Object Types
Drawing Arcs
Drawing Polylines
Editing Polylines
Drawing Polygons
Drawing Ellipses

9: Analyzing Model and Object Properties
Working with Object Properties
Measuring Objects

10: Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
Architectural Project
Mechanical Project
Civil Project

11: Advanced Editing Commands
Trimming and Extending Objects
Stretching Objects
Creating Fillets and Chamfers
Offsetting Objects
Creating Arrays of Objects

12: Inserting Blocks
What are Blocks?
Working with Dynamic Blocks
Inserting Blocks
Inserting Blocks using the Tool Palettes
Inserting Blocks using the DesignCenter

13: Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
Mechanical Project 1: Plate
Mechanical Project 2: Gasket
Mechanical Project 3: Plate
Mechanical Project 4: Rocker Arm
Architectural Project 1: Floor Plan
Architectural Project 2: Floor Plan
Civil Project: Parking Lot

14: Setting Up a Layout
Working in Layouts
Creating Layouts
Creating Layout Viewports
Guidelines for Layouts

15: Printing Your Drawing
Printing Concepts
Printing Layouts
Print and Plot Settings

16: Projects: Preparing to Print
Mechanical Project
Architectural Project

17: Text and Tables
Working with Annotations
Adding Text in a Drawing
Modifying Multiline Text
Formatting Multiline Text
Adding Notes with Leaders to Your Drawing
Creating Tables
Modifying Tables

18: Hatching
Editing Hatches

19: Adding Dimensions
Dimensioning Concepts
Adding Linear Dimensions
Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions
Editing Dimensions

20: Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
Mechanical Project
Architectural Project 1
Architectural Project 2
Civil Project