Online Drafting with AutoCAD® Training Program

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  • 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:

  • Identify the occupations that use drafting language, basic techniques used in sketching and computer-aided design fundamentals
  • Recognize different sketching methods, various measuring tools and proper notation, and basic drafting math
  • Identify the principal views of orthographic projection; the perimeter, area, and volume of different geometric shapes; tolerancing techniques; and dimensions
  • Illustrate the capabilities, applications, and development of AutoCAD to draw basic objects using lines, circles, arrays, and arcs
  • Illustrate the advanced applications of AutoCAD including plotting/printing, drawing file storage and sharing, software personalization, and basic 3D modeling
  • Prepare complete sets of architectural and civil drawings including 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

In this course, you’ll develop the necessary skills to ensure your success in the program. You'll learn how you can improve your study skills, so you're able to use a number of tools that will help you to be successful.

Instruction Set 2

Introduction to Computer Aided Design

Did you ever build anything? Before building anything, you would have to picture how it would look when finished. You would have to imagine how the item would look from the front, the top, the sides, and the rear.

Throughout the ages, there have evolved many different languages; the variety reflects the wide range of cultures and communities in our world. Similarly, a drafter is effectively using a graphic language — a language of pictures. Because these pictures can be understood by people throughout the world, the graphic language of drafting can be thought of as a "world language."

This course will help you understand how to draw different views of an object and the relationship between different views along with how you can use the drafter’s world language to accurately convey your ideas to others.


  • Categorize the various application of drafting in communicating ideas
  • Analyze the fundamentals of making an orthographic projection
  • Analyze the geometries and print-reading applications involved in various drawings and prints

Instruction Set 3

Sketching and Drafting Fundamentals

This course focuses on the basic concepts and skills you'll need to understand drafting. First, you'll learn about the importance of sketching and why this is a pivotal skill to develop and practice. You'll also learn about the instruments and notations you'll use to create complete and accurate sketches. This course ends with a brief overview of basic mathematical concepts you'll come across in sketching and drafting.


  • Distinguish between the different sketching methods and their importance
  • Discover various measuring tools and proper notation for sketching
  • Apply the basic concepts of numerals, mathematical operations, fractions, and geometry in solving drafting problems

Instruction Set 4

Geometric Drawing, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing

In this course, you'll study orthographic projection, applied geometry, and dimensioning and tolerancing. You'll start by learning the fundamentals of drawing orthographic projections. Then, you'll learn about calculations in applied geometry, such as how to find the perimeter, area, and volume of different geometric shapes. The last lesson in this course covers basic concepts in dimensioning and tolerancing.


  • Point out the fundamentals of drawing various orthographic projections
  • Solve perimeter, area, and volume for a variety of geometrical shapes
  • Differentiate between the various concepts of dimensioning and tolerancing

Instruction Set 5

Basic AutoCAD Software Functions

In this course, you'll learn about basic, introductory AutoCAD software functions. This includes essential tools and how to draw lines and circles. You'll also learn about layers, colors, linetypes, and a variety of other commonly used functions to create AutoCAD drawings. At the end of this course, you'll practice all of these things and more in a graded project.


  • Identify the procedures of creating simple line drawings through the fundamentals of drawing window
  • Prepare drawing layers in AutoCAD
  • Classify the procedures of creating drawing template through various commands in the AutoCAD
  • Show the methods of creating and modifying plot layouts and scale viewpoints through commands
  • Create a drawing using various AutoCAD tools and settings

Software:  Students will have access to a free, 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®
Textbook: Discovering AutoCAD® 2017

Instruction Set 6

Advanced AutoCAD Software Functions

This course continues your learning of AutoCAD software with more advanced functions. Building off of what you've already learned, you'll now look more at text and dimension functions. You'll also learn about functions for blocks, polylines, and attributes. You'll be instructed how to create isometric drawings, customized panels and macros, and 3D modeling. At the end of this course, you'll get a chance to practice all these new AutoCAD skills and more with a graded project.


  • Categorize how to create tables, text, and fields through various commands
  • Summarize the procedures of polylines in drawing complex shapes and objects
  • Point out the methods of creating groups and blocks in AutoCAD
  • Categorize the functions of AutoCAD DesignCenter in context to attributes, blocks, and tool palettes
  • Prepare a 3D wireframe box model
  • Show how the polysolid, pyramid, torus, and cone shapes are drawn in AutoCAD
  • Create a drawing using various AutoCAD tools and settings

Instruction Set 7

Structural and Civil Drafting

In this course, you'll learn about special symbols, callouts, and designs for structural drawings built from an engineer’s calculations and sketches. The structural drawings will be based on components associated with various types of commercial construction methods involving concrete, wood, and steel. You'll also get an in-depth look at civil drafting by developing drawing plans, site plans, and profiles from survey information.


  • Identify a commercial structural drawing correctly made from an engineering sketch
  • Create a structural drawing used in planning and constructing a small storage building
  • Analyze survey information to use in drawing site plans and profiles, including cut and fill work for civil drafting
  • Create a set of civil drawing plans that includes a driveway and a residence

Instruction Set 8

HVAC and Electrical Schematic Drafting

This course covers topics in HVAC and electrical schematic drafting. In this course, you’ll learn about special symbols and drawings used in HVAC drafting. Some concepts include pattern development, intersections, and material bending and chassis layout. You also learn about the fundamentals of electrical schematics and diagrams, including electric power substation design drawing, residential and commercial electrical plans, and printed circuit technology.


  • Identify appropriate HVAC and sheet metal drawing solutions for engineering problems
  • Create a detailed HVAC drawing
  • Explain how to prepare an electronics drawing from an engineering sketch
  • Create a detailed drawing of an electrical system and electronic diagrams

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you’ll need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 10 or later, and an email account to complete this 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.
Apple, Mac, and macOS are trademarks of Apple, Inc. 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
  • Textbook with AutoCAD software
  • 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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