AutoCAD 2021 Certified User (Voucher Included)

This 100% online AutoCAD 2021 training course will teach you how to create and edit a simple drawing, with a focus on the 2D tools within AutoCAD. Once you master the basic 2D skills, you will move on to explore more advanced efficiency tools, complex objects, using external reference and image files, collaboration tools, publishing, and enhancing productivity with simple customization. The course content is heavily focused on hands-on exercises which require that the software be installed. On...

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6 Months / 155 Course Hrs
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AutoCAD 2021 Certified User (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES3027

What you will learn

  • Use the AutoCAD software to create, edit, modify and work with drawings.
  • Work and set up units and layers, create annotations (text, hatching, dimensions, multileader, and tables), including annotation styles and setting up templates.
  • Create and insert reusable symbols using local/dynamic blocks with attributes and work with and modify external references in a drawing file.
  • Set up layouts (printing, manipulating, copying, creating viewports) and create, publish, and customize sheet sets.
  • Learn collaboration and automation tools and understand CAD management, system setup, and customizing the AutoCAD interface.

How you will benefit

  • AutoCAD is a mature software product. Companies who are recruiting would require knowledge of this product prior to hiring.
  • Taking this course provides the key skills to efficiently and effectively work with the 2D tools available in AutoCAD 2021.
  • At the completion of the course, passing the Autodesk Certified User exam provides potential employers with additional validation of skills.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 155 course hours
  1. Getting Started with AutoCAD
  2. Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
  3. Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
  4. Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
  5. Making Changes in Your Drawing
  6. Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
  7. Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
  8. Advanced Object Types
  9. Analyzing Model and Object Properties
  10. Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
  11. Advanced Editing Commands
  12. Inserting Blocks
  13. Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
  14. Setting Up a Layout
  15. Printing Your Drawing
  16. Projects: Preparing to Print
  17. Text
  18. Hatching
  19. Adding Dimensions
  20. Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
  21. Working Effectively with AutoCAD
  22. Accurate Positioning
  23. Projects: Productivity Tools
  24. Parametric Drawing
  25. Working with Blocks
  26. Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
  27. Creating Templates
  28. Advanced Layouts
  29. Annotation Styles
  30. Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
  31. External References
  32. Projects: Drawing
  33. Miscellaneous Optional Topics
  34. Advanced Text Objects
  35. Working with Tables
  36. Projects: Advanced Annotation
  37. Dynamic Blocks
  38. Attributes
  39. Projects: Advanced Blocks and Attributes
  40. Output and Publishing
  41. Other Tools for Collaboration
  42. Cloud Collaboration and 2D Automation
  43. Introduction to Sheet Sets
  44. Publishing and Customizing Sheet Sets
  45. Projects: Sheet Sets
  46. Managing Layers
  47. CAD Standards
  48. System Setup
  49. Introduction to Customization
  50. Customizing the User Interface
  51. Macros and Custom Routines

Jennifer MacMillan holds a mechanical engineering degree from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been teaching CAD for 25 years and is an Autodesk® Certified Instructor (ACI). She currently manages a team of curriculum developers that design and develop both online and print curriculum for the Autodesk line of engineering software products. As a subject matter expert herself, she focuses her development efforts working specifically with the manufacturing software products. Jennifer has always enjoyed teaching and passing her knowledge and interest in CAD on to her students.

Renu Muthoo is a Computer Engineering graduate from Bangalore University, India. She has worked with Autodesk, Inc. products for the past 22 years, focusing mainly on AutoCAD/AutoCAD verticals and Autodesk's design visualization software products such as 3ds Max and VRED. Using her engineering background, expertise in Autodesk products, and training in Instructional design, she has co-authored numerous books for various CAD audiences. In her current role, she works as a curriculum developer and subject matter expert, developing and writing training courseware for Autodesk products.

Prerequisites:

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can only be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • AutoCAD 2021. A free 1-year student version of the software is included. You will be provided directions on how to download the student license for the software after registration. The student software license cannot be used in a commercial environment. Please ensure that you meet the additional System Requirements for AutoCAD 2021 prior to enrolling in the course.
  • Note: If you have previously accessed a free trial of the Autodesk software, you may be required to purchase it separately to complete this course.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User 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 email) 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.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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.