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AutoCAD Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Learn how to use AutoCAD, the leading computer-aided design (CAD) application, to create drafts and technical drawings. This AutoCAD Bootcamp includes our beginner and intermediate classes. Starting with the beginner AutoCAD class, you’ll learn basic drawing and modifying techniques for drafting and technical drawing, using AutoCAD to create drawings that can be used to build real objects both mechanical and architectural. Moving on to the...

Tuesday Sep 26th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

AutoCAD Level 2: Intermediate

ONLC Training Centers @ 1320 Tower Rd, Chicago, IL 60173

AutoCAD®: Beyond the Basics course is designed for those using AutoCAD® with a Windows operating system. This learning guide is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software. AutoCAD®: Beyond the Basics course continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD®9: Essentials class. It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand...

Thursday Oct 26th, 9am–3:45pm Central Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Introduction to AutoCAD

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

In this introductory course, you'll learn how AutoCAD can be used to create drawings that represent real objects. You'll learn the basic techniques for drawing and modifying in order to create quality drats that can be used to build real mechanical and architectural objects. This is the first day of our AutoCAD Level I 3-day class. If you'd like to learn more, layers, plotting (printing), properties, measurements, text, and other subjects will be...

Tuesday Sep 26th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

AutoCAD Mechanical Basics

D3 Technologies

This 1 day basic course will cover the following major features of AutoCAD Mechanical. -Mechancial Layer Management -Creating Geometry with Mechanical Tools -Manipulating Geometry with Mechanical Tools -Built in Standard Parts -Built in Annotations. Prerequisite ACD-001, ACD-101, or instructor approval

Thursday Oct 12th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

AutoCAD Level I

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master basic tools for drawing, editing, and printing with AutoCAD. Learn the fundamentals of inserting blocks, using text for annotations, and using advanced object types. This introductory course provides you with a strong foundation of basic AutoCAD skills. Beginner AutoCAD covers printing and plotting layouts and sheets, working between model space and paper space, and scaling drawings through viewports. You will learn how to insert blocks,...

Tuesday Sep 26th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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AutoCAD Level II

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

This intermediate level class builds upon fundamental skills and guides students through creating more advanced and technical AutoCAD projects. Students will learn how to create templates with defined layouts for printing sheets by setting units, drawing limits, and using scales. Students also learn how to use the interface to complete advanced layer and block techniques. Note: This course is designed for PC users and our in-person classes are PC-only....

Tuesday Oct 17th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Construction Drawing with AutoCad

New York City College of Technology

In this hands-on course, participants learn the fundamentals of AutoCAD 2019 to prepare 2D drawings for architecture, interior design, mechanical & structural engineering and other design fields.  Topics include: the AutoCAD drawing interface Display commands CAD tools and drawing setup, including scale coordinate systems, snaps and grips Basic draw and edit commands Layers Text Blocks  Modify commands  Plotting Printing...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 5:30–9pm Eastern Time

 (15 sessions)


15 sessions

AutoCAD for Electrical (ACE-001)

D3 Technologies

Review basic AutoCAD tools and commands that will help you be successful inside of AutoCAD Electrical. Object creation, Layers, Blocks and Editing commands. Prerequisite  Basic computer skills and general industry knowledge of controls design.

Thursday Oct 5th, 7–11am Mountain Time

AutoCAD Electrical PLC Development (ACE-302)

D3 Technologies

This class will build upon the tools already introduced in the previous AutoCAD Electrical classes. Students will be introduced to the three different PLC environments in AutoCAD Electrical. This class will take a deep dive into the modification and development of PLC modules in both the parametric and fixed units (full units) environment. Who should attend Designers and Cad Administrators that will be responsible for the creation of custom content...

Monday Oct 2nd, 8–11am Mountain Time

AutoCAD Level 1 (Virtual)

Technical Institute of America @ Virtual Classroom

This level 1 AutoCAD class is perfect for beginners or someone with limited experience using AutoCAD. Students will learn the fundamental commands that are used in the program. Students will learn to create drawings using a variety of shapes utilizing many of the tools and commands. Created by industry experts, students learn by doing actual drawings with our live in classroom instructors. Students are taught many commands and tools to create...

Monday Oct 2nd, 9:30am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

AutoCAD Level 2 (Virtual)

Technical Institute of America @ Virtual Classroom

This level 2 expands on the essentials portion by discussing the settings defined within a drawing file. Students will learn what drawing files are composed of and be taught how to define and control these settings within the file. They will also learn techniques to help them become more efficient as a user. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to complex drawings. Created by industry experts, students learn by doing actual...

Monday Oct 16th, 9:30am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

AutoCAD Electrical Pneumatics & Hydraulics (ACE-303)

D3 Technologies

In this class we will learn how to create Pneumatic and Hydraulic schematics by inserting components, connecting with pipes, and cross referencing back to Electrical controls schematics. We will also go over techniques for creating your own Pneumatic and Hydraulic components with the required intelligence to get the most out of AutoCAD Electrical. Who Should Attend? Electrical Controls Designers that need to integrate Pneumatics or Hydraulics...

Friday Oct 6th, 8–11am Mountain Time

ACE-101 AutoCAD Electrical Essentials

D3 Technologies

This course provides an overview of many AutoCAD Electrical utilities designed to enable users to quickly create and manage electrical-controls production drawings. Users focus on how to build intelligent ladder diagrams and how to leverage the intelligence built into AutoCAD Electrical. Hands-on exercises representing real-world design scenarios for the NFPA (US) standard are included. Prerequisite  ACE-001 or Prior AutoCAD Experience

Thursday Oct 12th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

AutoCAD Electrical Administrators Customizations

D3 Technologies

ACE-401 AutoCAD Electrical Administrators Customizations This class will provide AutoCAD Electrical Administrators the tools needed to properly setup standards along with new electrical users. Students will learn how to customize and standardize their environment through templates, project files, and the electrical environment file. Prerequisite  ACE-101 AutoCAD Electrical Essentials ACE-102 AutoCAD Electrical Essentials ACE-201 AutoCAD...

Tuesday Oct 10th, 8–10am Mountain Time

AutoCAD Advanced Tools (ACD-301)

D3 Technologies

Learn more advanced techniques and tools to be more proficient with your AutoCAD software. Attach external drawings, PDFs, and images, and organize a complete project using Sheet Sets. Prerequisites: AutoCAD User Interface and Basic Drawing AutoCAD Essential Tools AutoCAD Annotation AutoCAD Layouts and Printing

Friday Nov 3rd, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

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Discover the Best AutoCAD Classes in Chicago

AutoCAD is a software program used by professionals in many industries to create 2D and 3D models of designs. “CAD” stands for “computer-assisted design.” There are other CAD programs available, such as SketchUp, Microstation, and ActCAD. However, AutoCAD remains the industry-standard software. Construction, planning, and design professionals have used AutoCAD since 1982. 

The primary professions associated with AutoCAD are architects or drafters creating plans for a building. However, there are many other workers and industries in which AutoCAD is useful. Engineers use AutoCAD to interpret and troubleshoot their designs. Urban planners draw city plans and topographic maps using this program. Design professionals—including graphic designers, game designers, and animators—are also increasingly making use of AutoCAD.

Why is AutoCAD the preferred software? In addition to its long history of serving those who want to create 2D and 3D models, AutoCAD has remained industry-standard because it offers a robust suite of tools for building, developing, testing, and animating these designs. It also has a user-friendly interface and can integrate with other softwares for export, including 3D printing software that can produce tangible versions of the models. Its developers have kept the program evolving to address new use cases as they arise, including recent moves to take advantage of the design potential offered by artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Best AutoCAD Classes & Schools in Chicago

#1: ONLC Training Centers—AutoCAD for Novice Users

In ONLC Training Centers’ in-person AutoCAD for Novice Users course, Chicago-area students can study the AutoCAD interface by learning to create a 2D image and then developing it with increasingly more advanced tools. The course includes hands-on projects in the schematic, architectural, and mechanical categories of AutoCAD use throughout the students’ progress. 

Students begin by exploring the interface, including its cartesian workspace, and the commands available within it. After creating a new file, they learn the basic drawing and editing functions of the program, including how to draw lines on a vertical and horizontal axis, rectangles, and circles. They discover how to erase objects and how to undo and redo actions. Next, they create a drawing using simple shapes, which they can then manipulate for learning purposes.

The first type of image manipulation that the students learn is the use of object snaps. They discover how to employ running object snaps and object snap overrides, how to use polar tracking at angles and object snap tracking, and how to draw with snap and grid functions. Then they move on to editing functions, such as moving, rotating, scaling, and mirroring objects. 

After the projects are complete, students learn more advanced functions of AutoCAD, including using layers to organize their drawings. They discover how to create and manipulate advanced object types. To gain more precision in their models, students work with the properties and measurements of objects. This includes trimming, extending, offsetting, and stretching existing objects in the workspace.

Students next explore how to create a layout in AutoCAD and prepare their model files for printing. They then discover the use of annotations, inserted text, and tables to label and explain the elements of their model. After wrapping up the advanced manipulation of 2D images, the course briefly delves into the program’s 3D functions, giving students a taste of what they might learn next.

Key Information

This full-time course takes four days. As the title suggests, it is designed for beginners, so there are no prerequisites for it. Tuition is $2745, though one can get a discounted rate of $2495 by registering early.

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Students say ONLC’s instructors are “very knowledgeable” and give students “a wealth of information.” One stated that the process of learning at ONLC was “the best I’ve experienced.” 

#2: Noble Desktop—Introduction to AutoCAD

The Introduction to AutoCAD course from Noble Desktop covers how to use the interface in AutoCAD, as well as the basic commands for drawing and editing. Students learn how to create a simple drawing, edit that drawing, and take advantage of the program’s precision drawing functions. They begin by creating a file in AutoCAD, touring its interface, and learning to zoom and pan across their drawing. Next, they discover the keyboard shortcuts that will allow them to use the program efficiently. 

The course moves on to the basic drawing commands, including lines, rectangles, and circles. Students learn to create simple drawings, lay them out using the modify tools, and employ object snap tracking so that they can see what a projected top view of their model would look like. They then explore AutoCAD’s precision drawing tools. They learn about polar and object tracking, how to enter coordinates and angles, and more about how object snaps and tracking can assist them in keeping their models precise. Finally, the course covers how students can modify their drawing with the editing tools in AutoCAD, such as the move, copy, rotate, mirror, and scale functions. 

Key Information

This part-time program takes three days at three hours a day. It is a beginner-level class with no prerequisites. Tuition is $325. 

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Noble Desktop’s high-quality instructors and small class sizes are well-known advantages of this program. Graduates may retake any Noble class for free within one year of completing it. To accompany their studies, Noble students receive a proprietary workbook. 

Students “highly recommend” Noble’s courses because of their “top notch” instructors and “very effective” approach to instruction. They found their time at Noble to be “extremely valuable.”

#3: D3 Technologies—AutoCAD Electrical Essentials

D3 TechnologiesAutoCAD Electrical Essentials course is designed to give students who work with electrical systems an overview of what AutoCAD can do for them professionally. It provides an interactive and hands-on tour of the electrical utility functions within the program. Students learn how to build and manage production drawings for electrical controls. For this special application of AutoCAD, the course focuses on how professionals can use the program to build specific types of models, such as intelligent ladder diagrams. They also learn how they can maximize the potential of the built-in artificial intelligence elements of the program. The course includes exercises that represent potential design scenarios in the real world. They are made to correspond to National Fire Protection Association electrical standards.

Key Information

This is a two-day, full-time course. It is designed for beginners. Tuition is $1230. 

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Students say that D3 Technologies’ instruction is “on the cutting edge.” The teachers’ “technical knowledge” is “vast.”

#4: Kelar Pacific—AutoCAD Fundamentals

In Kelar Pacific’s AutoCAD Fundamentals course, students learn how to create a simple 2D drawing in the program. They begin by discovering the workspace and user interface that will enable them to build their model. Next, they explore the basic tools for drawing and editing in AutoCAD, as well as its capacity for providing different views of a design as one zooms and pans over it. Students use the layer function to organize objects within their drawings. They also discover how to insert “blocks,” or reusable symbols, into a design to maximize the efficiency of the modeling process. 

Next, they learn how to prepare a layout for plotting. The course also covers adding text, hatching, and dimensions to an image. Students create constraining parameters for greater control over the objects within their model. Then they explore blocks further, learning how to create them in different versions: local, global, and dynamic. The course covers how to make layers, styles, and templates that can be used across different drawings. Finally, students learn about the possible options for plotting and publishing the drawings they have created. 

Key Information

This one-day workshop takes five hours. It is designed for beginner students, so there are no prerequisites. The cost of tuition is $795. 

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Students say that this course is “super informative” and “very enjoyable.” Kelar Pacific’s instructors were “patient” and “knowledgeable.” 

Chicago Industries That Use AutoCAD

According to the city government of Chicago, the major industries with manufacturing centers in Chicago include electrical equipment and appliances, fabricated metal, and apparel. The city contains the headquarters for Siemens and GE, among other appliance companies. Engineers can use AutoCAD to design electrical equipment and appliances, as well as machinery to be used in the fabrication of metal. Designers at Chicago fashion houses like ARC’TERYX might also use AutoCAD for 3D modeling of apparel as they design it. Chicago is also known as a transportation hub, with a still-growing network of both local and commuter railroads. City planners can use AutoCAD to identify the best locations for rail lines by modeling them in relation to other features of the city.

AutoCAD Jobs & Salaries in Chicago

How much you can expect to make in a profession that uses AutoCAD will vary by position and industry. Electrical engineers in Chicago make an average of $89,000 yearly. The area’s fashion designers average $45,000 annually. The average salary for a Chicago-based urban planner is $114,000 a year. When looking at average salaries, it’s important to note that having a software skill like AutoCAD can also put a professional above the local average.