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This 100% online AutoCAD 2021 training course will teach you how to create and edit a simple drawing, and then gradually introduces more advanced tools. 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. You will then learn the fundamentals of 3D and explores the main features of the advanced 3D modeling workspace. The course content is heavily focused on hands-on exercises which require that the software be installed. All examples and exercises are taken from a variety of fields where AutoCAD is used.
This course offers enrollment with a voucher. The voucher is pre-paid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
You will need to complete the AutoCAD 2021 section before starting the AutoCAD 3D portion of the course. You should also have a basic knowledge of the Windows operating system and be comfortable installing software, working with file structures, downloading files, and unzipping compressed files. Working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology is recommended.
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.
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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.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared for the Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User exam.
When can I start this course?
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.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 9 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
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 will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also be assigned a Student Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
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.
Can I get financial assistance?
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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What is AutoCAD and AutoCAD 3D used for?
AutoCAD is a software application developed by Autodesk to allow users to draft two- and three-dimensional models using a computer. To help you better understand, we think its practical uses can be broken down into five distinct categories including: architectural planning, engineering drafting, graphic design, 3D printing, and fashion and industrial designing. AutoCAD permits companies to virtually plan and design projects which increases productivity and lowers the cost of completing them. The most common job obtained by those who complete AutoCAD training is that of a CAD drafter which is needed in several industries including architecture, engineering, computer science, and construction.
What education do I need to become a CAD drafter?
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.
What is the average salary of an AutoCAD drafter?
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.
Are trained AutoCAD drafters in demand?
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.
Where do AutoCAD drafters work?
Drafters will spend a majority of their time in an office working in front of a computer, though some may be required to visit jobsites in order to collaborate with other industry professionals such as engineers and architects as well as clients.
What hours do AutoCAD drafters work?
Drafters will typically work full time at around 40 hours per week, however you may be asked to work overtime including later nights and weekends when important project deadlines are approaching.
What qualities should a good CAD drafter have?
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.
What type of businesses use AutoCAD and AutoCAD 3D?
There are a variety of businesses that use AutoCAD and AutoCAD 3D including those in architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, computer science, higher education, information technology, and interior design. AutoCAD is designed for people and organizations who make things, and it's trusted by millions of customers worldwide. According to iDataLabs, there are over 115,000 companies that currently use AutoCAD and most are located in the United States and in the Construction industry.
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