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AutoCAD Introduction

Duration 2 - 3 days - would be required to cover these topics based upon a practical hands-on approach to using the software.

This course is aimed at new users of either the full blown package or the cut down equivalent, AutoCAD LT.

Delegates must be familiar with using a Windows based PC, a keyboard and mouse to a reasonable standard. An understanding of technical drawing concepts and maths would also be beneficial.

We are happy to incorporate any specific sample drawings you may care to provide.

Course Content

Getting started and creating useful default settings

  • Setting up the screen layout with the correct toolbars and palettes
  • Ensuring drawings are started correctly with metric settings and other file management tips

Creating and editing drawings

  • Creating lines, arcs and circles and other everyday shapes
  • Using polylines to good effect
  • Using object snaps and tracking to draw and edit objects accurately
  • Using ortho and other drawings aids
  • Using the different methods to select objects in the drawing
  • Performing basic editing tasks like moving, copying, mirroring and rotating objects
  • Trimming, extending, filleting and chamfering objects
  • Offsetting various types of geometry
  • Using Grips

Drawing Organisation

  • Using layers, colours and linetypes and understanding the bylayer concept
  • Matching object properties
  • Using the properties palette
  • Setting linetype scales in both model space and paper space

Inquiry Commands 

  • Listing drawing information
  • Measuring distances and angles

Hatching Objects

  • Creating and editing areas of hatching


  • Creating and editing multiline and single line text
  • The importance of creating and editing text styles


  • Creating and editing dimensions
  • The importance of creating and editing dimension styles

Layouts and Plotting

  • Setting up layouts using page setups
  • Creating and editing viewports
  • Scaling drawings
  • Plotting drawings