AutoCAD Essentials

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Organisation profile

Symetri an Autodesk Platinum Partner is Ireland's leading provider of design and engineering software solutions, offering software sales, implementation, training, consultancy and product support. We empower you with expertise, leading edge technology and services to work smarter.

Training aim

For candidates to receive a thorough grounding in AutoCAD, enabling them to produce and plot 2D drawings so they can excel in their fields.

Learning objectives

The course takes participants through the basics of AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT, to a point where candidates are competent using its commands and tools. It is designed to provide a thorough grounding of the software so they can create new drawings, edit existing drawing and prepare drawings for accurate plotting, helping them to excel in their field.

Course outline

Session 1: Getting Started with AutoCAD, Display Commands, Drawing Setup, Session 2: Coordinates and Basic Drafting Tools, Creating/Editing 2D Geometry, Session 3: Managing Objective Properties, Creating Text and Defining Styles, Introduction to Dimensions, Session 4: Page Setup and Layouts, Creating Blocks, Hatching Session 5: Publishing & Collaboration

Trainer's profile

Craig Nevin first studied the use of AutoCAD in University as a way to present, create, and demonstrate both Junior Cycle and Leaving Cycle DCG (Design & Communication Graphics) questions for students. We used AutoCAD to draw up worksheets, exam questions, and solutions to help students understand geometric concepts and drafting techniques. Completed the Autodesk Professional Certification for AutoCAD in September 2021 with Symetri and took over the Autodesk Essentials training course within the company, re-designing it o have a more student-centred focus. Delivered this course to numerous different companies over the past 12 months with students from various engineering, architecture, construction, and civil engineering backgrounds. Have since added the AutoCAD Intermediate course to the available curriculum, alongside multiple custom, tailored training sessions to fit different companies/student’s needs. Whether that be a simple refresher course for workers or for very specific use case scenarios such as P&ID design, landscaping, vehicle tracking, 3D modelling, ITM map coordinates, automation, and more. Designed bespoke custom AutoLISP scripts for personal use and more companies looking to automate repetitive tasks in their work. Scripts can be as simple as bundling a few commands to completely changing entire page views including borders, title blocks, and attributes. Intimate knowledge of how AutoCAD and its many different commands function from working with AutoLISP scripts, creating templates, utilizing attributes, connecting to Vault systems, and in general best practices to avoid common pitfalls when working within AutoCAD. 

Course duration

10 hours broken into 4 days with a 2.5-hour session per day (online) OR 2 full days (in person)

Assessment & certification

Symetri is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre. At the end of the course the candidates will receive their Autodesk Certificate of Completion. Candidates may proceed to the AutoCAD Intermediate course. There is the option to go on to complete the AutoCAD Autodesk Certified User and/or the AutoCAD Autodesk Certified Professional Exams. 

Who should attend

This course is designed for the new user who needs to know the essential commands necessary for professional 2D drawing, design, and drafting using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. No previous computer aided design (CAD) experience is required.