A required, 4-credit program course.

The foundation AutoCAD® course in the Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies program. Basic commands and operations from 2D drawing and editing tools to creating solid models and rendering. 2D drawing, text, dimensions, blocks, hatching, reference files, sharing data, 3D drawing, plotting, and more. Designed to qualify students for Autodesk certification.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Use the AutoCAD® software program to create drawings from scratch and to modify, manipulate, copy, delete, save, and plot drawings.
  2. Use the full range of AutoCAD® commands and options and employ shortcuts and time-saving strategies to operate the program at a level of efficiency acceptable for employment as a CAD technician.
  3. Create, render, and manipulate 3D AutoCAD® drawings and convert 2D drawings to 3D drawings.
  4. Identif or roughly define the terms, concepts, and standards associated with the topics of the course.
  5. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work, and meet production deadlines.
  6. Demonstrate graphical and computational problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.


Draw,Modify, and View Commands
Layers and Properties
Dynamic, Multiline, and Attotative Text
Plotting and Plot Styles
Dimensions, Dimemsion Styles, and Annotative Dimensiong
Common andDynamic Blocks
External References
3D Models

  1. Prerequisite: "C" or higher in AEC 81, or instructor approval based on high school drafting or other prior training/experience; "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, or placement in ENG 100 or higher; MATH 9, or placement in MATH 50/53 or higher.
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly two or three hours of lecture and one or two hours of lab per week. Most drawing work is completed outside of class time either at open lab times or at home.
  4. Typically offered only in the fall term.
  5. Typicall no textbook is required, and the only supply needed is a flash drive for storing computer files.
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