AutoCAD Basics

This AutoCAD Basics course will introduce you to the fundamentals of using AutoCAD for Computer-Aided Design (CAD). You will start at the very beginning—creating drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan, and bringing everything together on a deliverable printed sheet. You will also create an abbreviated set of construction documents, such as a floor plan, roof plan, structural foundation plan, electrical plan, and building elevations. During this online AutoCAD course, you will...

3 Months / 60 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES3090

What you will learn

  • Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan, and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file
  • Understand variations required to generate drawings as well as annotations (used to explain design aspects) and real-world model components
  • Create and insert blocks and external reference files to understand the appropriate times to apply those skill sets
  • Demonstrate layer and file management, external file referencing, use of model/layout environments, and user coordinate systems
  • Apply intermediate-level skills including layer management, user coordinate system development, creating sheet layout environments, and plotting

How you will benefit

  • Develop skills needed for one of the most in-demand software in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry
  • Gain an intermediate level understanding of AutoCAD
  • Create an abbreviated set of construction documents that demonstrate hands-on knowledge to your future employers

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
  1. Introduction to AutoCAD
    1. The Interface and Architectural Symbols
    2. Electrical Symbols
    3. Kitchen and Bath Fixtures
    4. Walls, Doors, and Windows
    5. Creating Sheets and Adding Fixtures
    6. Dimensions and Plotting
  2. Intermediate AutoCAD
    1. Create the Floorplan & Sheet Setup
    2. Finish Floorplan & Roof Plan
    3. Structural Foundation Plan & Electrical Plan
    4. Starting the Elevations
    5. Continuing the Elevations
    6. Finalizing, Checking & Plotting

This course is designed to be self-paced and does not involve any live classes. Instead, students will have access to various self-learning resources, including video materials, practice projects, e-books, and other materials available within the course modules. Although there is no direct interaction with an instructor, students can seek help from an industry expert by submitting questions via email.


There are no prerequisites to complete this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs and Chromebooks are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • AutoCAD software is provided for the duration of the course upon enrollment.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • 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.

There are many jobs that use AutoCAD, with varying salaries. Job positions requiring AutoCAD software include project managers, mechanical engineers, and CAD drafters. The average project manager salary is $97,180, the average mechanical engineer salary is $90,160, and the average CAD drafter salary is $57,960. Other job positions that require AutoCAD proficiency and offer competitive salaries based on data from Payscale, include:

  • Electrical engineer (average salary of $100,830)
  • Industrial designer (average salary of $88,950)
  • Civil engineer (average salary $88.750)
  • Architect (average salary of $82,320)
  • Urban planner (average salary of $75,950)
  • Fashion designer (average salary of $75,810)
  • Manufacturing engineer (average salary of $71,741)
  • Plumbing engineer (average salary of $71,522)
  • Structural engineer (average salary of $70,967)
  • Project engineer (average salary of $70,654)
  • Interior designer (average salary of $57,060)


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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