AutoCAD Essentials for Civil Engineer

AutoCAD Essentials for Civil Engineer

A comprehensive course on drafting using AUTOCAD. This course is highly suited for beginners

  • Domain : CIVIL
  • Pre-requisites : Basic Knowledge of Design concepts
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A Quick Overview

The AutoCAD essentials for civil drafting course contains detailed step-by-step explanation of all the major concepts, tools, commands, and applications used for drafting and design using the AutoCAD software. The primary emphasis of the course is in the industrial application of the software in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) domain.

This course begins with an introduction to the AutoCAD software along with the basic tools that are used in a typical civil engineering project. This is followed by an introduction to the application and concepts of civil and architectural drafting using the AutoCAD software. 

At the end of this course you will be able to use AutoCAD commands to draft civil and architectural layouts, dimension the drawings, insert symbols and text to the drawings, insert blocks and attributes to the drawings, mange sheets and create layouts, use external references and imports, plot the drawing, create and render 3D views of a building project, share the content on the web, and many more applications required for civil and architectural drafting.

This course is beneficial for students, professionals, and educators who want to learn design and drafting using the AutoCAD software. 


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1Introduction to AutoCAD

Unit Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, the students are expected to:

 Start AutoCAD.

 AutoCAD screen component.

 Start a new drawing.

 Saving work.

 Close a drawing.

Unit Topics:

 Introduction to AutoCAD and its role in various industries, especially in AEC.

 Why CAD is preferred over manual drafting.

 Difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

 Start and exit functions in AutoCAD.

 AutoCAD screen layout.

 Application menu.

 Introduction to various file formats.

2Getting Started with AutoCAD

Unit Outcomes:

 Coordinate system.

 Basic drawing and editing commands.

 Object selection method.

Unit Topics:

 Absolute coordinate system.

 Relative coordinate system.

 Direct entry method.

 Line and circle command.

 Options and Properties.

 Fence, Wpolygon, Cpolygon.

 Erase command.

 Setting units and limits

3Start Advanced Sketching and Editing - I

Unit Outcomes:

 Advanced drawing commands.  Advanced editing commands.  Status bar.

Unit Topics:

 Rectangle command and polygon command.

 Move, copy, offset, rotate, scale, fillet, chamfer.

 Ortho, snap, object snap and its setting.

4Advanced Sketching and Editing and Drawing Aids - II

Unit Outcomes:

 Advanced drawing commands.

 Advanced editing commands.

 Layers introduction.

Unit Topics:

 Ellipse, arc, construction line, ray,

 Multiple points, divide, measure

 Donut.

 Mirror, trim, extend, blend curves, explode.

 Lengthen, align, break, break at

 Point, join.

 Creating a new layer and assign color line weight and line type.

5Advanced Sketching and Editing and Drawing Aids - III

Unit Outcomes:

 Advanced drawing commands.

 Advanced editing commands.

 Layers - II.

Unit Topics:

 Polyline, spline, region, revision cloud, wipeout, 3D polyline, helix.

 Array, edit, polyline, and spline.

 On/Off, freeze, isolate/ unisolate, locking.

 Matching, merge layers.

6Create and Modify Annotations.

Unit Outcomes:

 Text.

 Dimension.

 Multileader.

 Table.

Unit Topics:

 Single line and multiline text.

 Linear, aligned, angular, arc length, radius, diameter, jogged, ordinate.

 Add, remove, align, and collect leader.

 Insert and modify the table.


Unit Outcomes:

 Concept of Hatch, gradient,

 Boundary.

 Concept of annotative and Associative.

Unit Topics:

 Hatch in geometry, around text, dimension and attributes.  Editing hatch.

8Working with Blocks and Block Attribute

Unit Outcomes:

 Concept of block.

 Concept of block attributes.

Unit Topics:

 Types of block.  Create Insert, and editing block.  Create and Insert WBLOCK.  Nested block.  Dynamic block.  Define, insert, manage, editing block attributes.

9Understanding External References and Layout Concept

Unit Outcomes:

 Concept of X-ref.

 Model vs. layout.

 Plot/print.

Unit Topics:

 Attach, detach, bind option.

 Viewport concept.

 Plot and its settings.

10Design Center and Tool Palettes Concepts

Unit Outcomes:

Application of design center in AutoCAD.

Unit Topics:

 Design center for insert blocks.  Create your own tool palettes.

11Introduction to 3D coordinate system

Unit Outcomes:

 Upon completion of this unit, the students are expected to:

 Why use 3D?

 Introduction to 3D modeling workspace.

 Coordinate system.

Unit Topics:

 Types of 3D models.

 3D navigation tools.

 3D viewing tools.

 Setting viewport display.

 World coordinate system.

 User coordinate system and its settings.

12Getting Started with 3D Modeling

Unit Outcomes:

 Solid modeling

 Solid editing

 Section plane

Unit Topics:

 Working with solid primitives.

 Solid primitive types.

 Extrude, sweep, loft, revolve of solids.

 Boolean operations, fillet, chamfer of solid objects.

 Generate section, live section, flat shot of solids.


Unit Outcomes:

 Visual styles.

 Rendering

Unit Topics:

 About visual styles.

 Use of light, material, sun.

 Overview of render.

 About render environment and render presets.

 About render window.

 Controlling render output size.

 Use of camera and views.

Projects Overview

Project 1


Design and Draft a layout of a residential building with the following details:

  • Plot Size: 60’x20’(18.3m x6m)
  • Orientation- Facing East
  • Develop the following:
    • Architectural Drawing (Floor Plan, Elevations, and Sections) 
    • Structural Drawing (Column, Beam, Footing Plan)


Project 2


Create a 3 dimensional model of the residential building with a rendered view.  

Flexible Course Fees

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2 Months Access


Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : 2 months
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available

Lifetime Access


Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : Lifetime
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Individual Video Support : 12/Month
  • Group Video Support : 12/Month
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
  • Telephone Support : Available
  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available


  • Students of civil engineering in first, second, third, or final year.
  • Employees in civil engineering firms who are looking to upscale in their profession.



AutoCAD® is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.
Note: Student License for the software will not be provided to the students


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  • Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate
  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
  • Build a professional portfolio
  • Automatically link your technical projects
  • E-verified profile that can be shared on LinkedIn

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take this course?

Students and working professionals who want to learn architectural and civil drafting using AutoCAD.

2What is included in this course?

This course includes the essential and advanced drafting skills required to work on a building project, using AutoCAD.

3What will the student gain from this course?

Upon completion of the course, the student will learn to apply the principles of architectural drafting in a building project. The students will also learn various tips and tricks to work in a CAD environment using th AutoCAD software.

4How widespread are the use of this software in the industry?

AutoCAD is a well-known software used across platforms in the field of engineering and design. AutoCAD is a major software used to create drawings and designs in all engineering and design works.

5What is the real world application for the tools and techniques being taught in this course?

This course is designed to work on real-world projects in the field of AEC. This course also focuses on major CAD standards and practices that are used worldwide to create construction documents.

The civil engineering curriculum in Indian colleges do not cover this topic, nor do they cover the best practices followed by the industry. 

6What are the companies that use this software?

Almost all engineering and design companies in the world uses AutoCAD and CAD practices to create drawings.

7How does this course help you in your path to MS or PhD?

All major researches in design and development requires sound knowledge of CAD and its application.

8How is this course going to help you get a job?

For students of architecture and civil engineering, CAD is an essential skill that is required for any kind of position. Good knowledge of CAD practices will always have an advantage to get a job in the AEC field.

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