Course Code: GES3008
Jennifer MacMillan has been teaching CAD for 22 years and is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She currently manages a team of curriculum developers that design and develop curriculum for the Autodesk line of engineering software products. As a subject matter expert herself, MacMillan focuses her development efforts working specifically with the manufacturing software products. She holds a mechanical engineering degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Michelle Rasmussen is a specialist in the civil engineering industry. Michelle has worked with and created training curriculum for AutoCAD and Autodesk Civil 3D since 2007. Additionally, Michelle is the first Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) and Evaluator (ACE) worldwide for Civil 3D. Michelle has also held roles on the Autodesk Authorized Training Center Advisory Board and Leadership Council, where she served as Chair and Vice Chair.
Renu Muthoo is a computer engineering graduate from Bangalore University, India. She has worked with Autodesk products for the past 18 years, focusing mainly on AutoCAD and Autodesk’s design visualization software products such as 3ds Max, VRED, and Showcase. Using her engineering background and expertise in Autodesk products, she has co-authored a number of books. She currently works as a curriculum developer and subject matter expert for Autodesk products.
There are no prerequisites to take this course, however you should have a basic knowledge of the Windows operating system and be comfortable installing software, working with file structures, downloading files, and unzipping compressed files. You should also have a basic knowledge of design/drafting procedures and terminology.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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Yes, upon completion of this course you will be prepared for the Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
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To become a CAD drafter, you will need to obtain formal training in the use of AutoCAD through a course like this one. This course even leads to certification as an Autodesk Certified User. You may decide to further continue your education by obtaining an associate degree in drafting to open up even more opportunities in the future.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report specifically on AutoCAD drafters, but it does compile data on drafters in general. The median salary for drafters is just over $54,000 per year. Your salary will vary depending on the type of job you choose as well as your education and experience level.
Yes, trained AutoCAD drafters are in demand, and employment is expected to grow by 7 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It notes that increased construction activity will drive up the demand for drafters, however as engineers and architects increasingly perform some of the tasks drafters traditionally preformed the job growth will be kept lower than it could have been otherwise.
In order to be a good CAD drafter, you will need to understand how to use the AutoCAD software well including commands. You will need to have good time management skills, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to prioritize tasks to complete multiple jobs before their specified deadlines. You will also need good organization skills and a high attention to detail. Finally, you’ll need to have good communication skills as you’ll be responsible for communicating with peers, supervisors, and perhaps even customers.