Online Drafting with AutoCAD® Training Program

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Develop your technical abilities and talent for drafting with ICS Canada’s online Drafting with AutoCAD® Training program. With ICS Canada you can train at home and at a pace that’s right for you. Discover basic sketching techniques, and learn the mathematical skills used for drafting. Create drawings for structural, civil, electrical, and electronic schematic drafting with AutoCAD® software.

You can complete this program in as little as five months. People trained in AutoCAD® can be found working in a variety of places, such as engineering firms, government agencies, automotive companies or dealerships, or in construction, landscaping, or patenting companies.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The program provides students with the necessary skills for entry into the field of drafting. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to create mechanical and architectural drawings, both by hand and using AutoCAD software.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the basic techniques used in sketching and with occupations that use drafting language
  • Complete drawings using orthographic projection, points of view, and shape descriptions
  • Know the techniques of lettering, and recognize the lines used in mechanical and architectural drawings as well as the representation of math operations in drafting
  • Understand the use of drafting vocabulary, geometry, and instruments in the layout of drafting problems and geometric designs
  • Describe size and shape using the regular views of drafting and the principal views of orthographic projection
  • Work with various views, projections, tolerancing techniques, dimensions, and control frames
  • Complete working drawings and become familiar with the capabilities, applications, and development of computer software drawing programs
  • Understand the capabilities, applications, and development of AutoCAD and use it to draw basic objects using lines, circles, and arcs
  • Become proficient with the advanced applications of the software including plotting/printing, drawing file storage and sharing, software personalization, and basic 3D modeling.
  • Prepare an AutoCAD drawing representing a plat map of a subdivision, using blocks, layers, linetypes, and annotations
  • Prepare complete sets of architectural and civil drawings for a site plan, transit lines, and plans and profiles from survey information
  • Prepare complete HVAC drawings, electrical diagrams and cable assemblies, industrial electrical schematics, and electronic block and schematic diagrams

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

The Drafter's World Language

Basic techniques used in sketching; occupations that use the drafter’s world language.

Instruction Set 2

Size and Shape Description

Orthographic projection; points of view and shape descriptions.

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

Use of basic CADD equipment; coordinate systems and various software features used with CADD programs.

Additional Material

Project Booklet: Spatial Relationship

Learning Aids: 

  • Appendices and Glossary
  • How to Use Your Architect Scale
  • How to Use Your Mechanical Scale
  • How to Use Your Civil Engineer Scale
  • How to Use Your Metric Scale


  • Basic Drafting Materials Kit #1. 0.5mm automatic drafting pencil; 2H and 4H leads; erasing shield; drafting tape; circle template (small holes); arrowhead template; dusting brush; ellipse template; triangular architect scale; triangular mechanical drafting scale; triangular civil engineer scale; triangular metric scale.

Instruction Set 3

Sketching, Lettering, and Lines

Properly sketching lines, circles, arcs, and multiviews; sketching techniques.

Basic Drafting Math

Basic math ground rules; signs of operation and how they are represented in drafting.

Additional Material


  • Basic Drafting Materials Kit #2: 6-in. bow compass; 6-in. divider; 8-in. 45° graphic triangle; irregular curve; protractor; carrying case.

Instruction Set 4

Drafting Equipment, Media, and Reproduction Methods

Equipment and supplies used in the industry; scales; scales and drafting machine verniers; drafting media.

Orthographic Projection (Sketching)

Size and shape description; the three regular views of drafting; the six principal views of orthographic projection.

Geometric Construction

Drawing parallel and perpendicular lines; constructing bisectors; drawing polygons, tangencies, and ellipses.

Additional Material

Project Booklet: Applied Geometry

Learning Aid:  

  • Orthographic Sketching Workbook


  • Basic Drafting Materials Kit #3: 8-in. 30°-60° graphic triangle; Ames lettering guide; 0.5mm automatic drafting pencil; 2H leads; eraser.

Instruction Set 5

Multiviews and Auxiliary Views

Drawing single-view and multiview drawings; first- and third-angle projection.

  • Dimensioning systems; correct tolerancing techniques. Sections, Revolutions, and Conventional Breaks.
  • Making sectional views; modifying standard sectioning techniques.
Sections, Revolutions, and Conventional Breaks

Making sectional views; modifying standard sectioning techniques.

Instruction Set 6

Geometric Tolerancing

Establishing basic dimensions; identifying proper feature control frames; determining the virtual condition of features.

Working Drawings

Complete sets of working drawings; preparing engineering changes.

Pictorial Drawings

Drawing three-dimensional objects using 3-D coordinates; isometric, dimetric, or trimetric drawings; one-, two-, or three-point perspective.

Instruction Set 7

Working with AutoCAD®, Part 1

Getting started with AutoCAD®; fundamentals.

Working with AutoCAD®, Part 2

Fundamentals of AutoCAD® operations.

Additional Material

Project Booklet: AutoCAD® Basic Commands

Software:  Students will have access to a free, 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®

Textbook: Discovering AutoCAD®

Instruction Set 8

Working with AutoCAD®, Part 3

Dimensioning; plotting/printing; hatching and boundaries; block references.

Working with AutoCAD®, Part 4

External references; DesignCenter; utility commands; the Internet.

Working with AutoCAD®, Part 5

3D; rendering tablet and digitizing; customizing; visual lisp.

Additional Material

Project Booklet: AutoCAD® Commands: Blocks and Layers

Instruction Set 9

Structural Drafting with Basic Architectural Applications

Preparing a complete set of structural drawings; drawing a site plan.

Civil Drafting

Drawing transit lines for roadway layouts; drawing plans and profiles from survey information.

Additional Material

Project Booklets:

  • Structural Drafting with AutoCAD®
  • Civil Drafting with AutoCAD®.

Unit 10

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

Function of HVAC systems; preparing complete HVAC drawings.

Electrical and Electronic Schematic Drafting

Drawing electrical diagrams and cable assemblies; making a set of electrical power system substation plans; drawing an industrial electrical schematic; drawing electronic block and schematic diagrams.

Additional Material

Project Booklets:

  • HVAC/Sheet Metal Drafting with AutoCAD®
  • Electrical and Electronic Schematic Drafting with AutoCAD®
  • Drafting with AutoCAD® Elective Project

Textboook: AutoCAD® Quick Reference

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
AutoCAD is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

To view a Drafting with AutoCAD® sample lesson, click here.

Drafting with AutoCAD® Training Course Details

In ICS Canada’s Drafting with AutoCAD® Program, you'll cover topics such as:

  • Basic CAD and drafting equipment
  • Dimensioning, geometric construction, and geometric tolerancing
  • Electrical and electronic schematic drafting with AutoCAD®
  • AutoCAD® commands
AutoCAD training class online

AutoCAD helps drafters to coordinate systems and software to create technical plans. Drafting using AutoCAD gives drafters more job options in fields such as architectural, mechanical, and civil engineering. Here are a few qualities that effective drafters have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant, receptive, and work well with others.
  • Honest: Engineering requires integrity and a good sense of ethics.
  • Persistent: Your job requires focus and determination in the face of obstacles.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids, including AutoCAD software and basic drafting kits
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is the AutoCAD software provided by ICS Canada?

A 3-year student version of AutoCAD from AutoDesk® is available for download with your program. Or, you can purchase AutoCAD software independently of ICS Canada.

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