AutoCAD Classes San Francisco

Discover the power of AutoCAD with a wide range of classes in San Francisco. Learn to create precise technical drawings and gain the skills to design and draft with precision, opening up new career opportunities in architecture and engineering.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, but 15 classes live online are available.

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 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

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...

Monday Oct 30th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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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,...

Monday Oct 30th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 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...

Friday Nov 10th, 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 Nov 13th, 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

AutoCAD Fundamentals 2022

Kelar Pacific @ Virtual Classroom

AutoCAD Fundamentals enables you to create a basic 2D drawing in AutoCAD. All topics, including features and commands, relate to both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT unless specifically noted otherwise in the class. The strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. Advanced tools such as creating reusable blocks and setting up layers, styles and templates...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 12–5:15pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

AutoCAD Electrical Advanced Symbol Creation (ACE-301)

D3 Technologies

This class will build upon the tools already introduced in the previous AutoCAD Electrical classes. Students will be introduced to advanced methods of symbol creation. Individuals will learn skills such as creating internal jumpers to maintain wire numbers, new families, and new footprint terminal blocks. Who Should Attend? Designers and Cad Administrators that will be responsible for the creation of custom content for AutoCAD Electrical should...

Friday Nov 3rd, 7–11am Mountain Time

AutoCAD Electrical Reporting & Project Updates(ACE-202)

D3 Technologies

Generate and create various reports, create report templates for use with the Automatics Report Generator. Explore the various Project Utilities and Updates that will assist with making mass changes to your project and drawing files. These tools will allow you to gain efficiency through the automated features of AutoCAD Electrical. Prerequisite:   ACE-001 or Prior AutoCAD Experience, ACE-101, ACE-102

Friday Oct 6th, 9am–12pm Mountain Time

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Discover the Best AutoCAD Classes in San Francisco

Drafters, architects, fine artists and professional designers of all kinds use AutoCAD to draw and edit 2D and 3D digital designs simply and efficiently. Before the personal computer was a fixture of the workplace, one had to draw designs by hand, and edits of any kind meant creating a completely new, hand-drawn draft. With AutoCAD, you can revise designs on the fly. 

Create precision designs, then share them easily with collaborators across platforms. 

Today, AutoCAD is primarily used in the construction, architecture, and engineering, but the software is amenable to any industry that utilizes drafting and design. Interior designers, woodworkers, graphic designers, and fine artists use AutoCAD to plan and realize 2D and 3D designs. Parts of designs are saveable in the program as well, which means that future iterations of an idea are easily replicable and malleable. 

With the rise of 3D printing, AutoCAD is more useful than ever. One person alone can brainstorm, envision, plan, and design a new physical product in AutoCAD, then 3D print it. This kind of creative independence allows industrial designers or mechanical engineers to conceive of new ideas then test them in miniature before having to build the product or project at full-scale. The possibilities are truly endless with AutoCAD. 

Best AutoCAD Classes & Schools in San Francisco

Introduction to AutoCAD presented by Noble Desktop provides a working foundation in AutoCAD so you can start creating projects right away. This two-session course is open to all experience levels, ages 18 and up, and class sizes average about 30 participants. Learn how to draw and modify quality designs that can be used to fabricate real parts and architectural objects.

Another course offering from Noble Desktop is AutoCAD Level I, an introductory course that covers plotting and printing layouts and sheets, interfacing between model and paper spaces, and using viewports to scale drawings. Other techniques covered in this course include inserting blocks, making text, creating dimensional drawings, and working with layers and templates.This beginner-level course comprises six sessions at a cost of $599. 

Autodesk AutoCAD 101 presented by Ledet is an online introductory course that teaches you all you need to know to get started in AutoCAD. Get acquainted with the AutoCAD interface and workflow and start creating 2D and 3D designs. This three-day course is priced at $1799, and it's open to all experience levels. 

Presented by Ledet, Autodesk AutoCAD 501 is a five-day bootcamp that begins by introducing you to the basic features and commands in the software, then moves on to creating simple 2D designs. As you progress, you will learn more professional layout techniques that will allow you to edit and manipulate your drawings and designs.

AutoCAD Essentials from Certstaffix Training provides you with the knowledge necessary to create, modify, and work with 2D designs. You will learn how to use the AutoCAD workspace and user interface, use basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools, use layers, reuse symbols or blocks, prepare a layout to be plotted, and add text, hatching, and dimensions. This three-day course is priced at $1730, and all participants receive a Certificate of Completion and a Digital Badge. 

San Francisco Industries That Use AutoCAD

Industrial and Mechanical Design

Industrial and mechanical designers are currently finding highly lucrative jobs in San Francisco. Some of the top companies hiring designers at the moment include Frog Design, Peak Design, Devo, and Hims & Hers. Known as a hotbed of innovation where exciting startups are born, the Bay Area is one of the most supportive metro areas in the country for designers interested in fabrication and application.


While not as vital a player in the construction industry as it used to be, San Francisco continues to grow in the areas of sustainable building and green economy. Designers with facility in AutoCAD are alway in high demand in this industry. Top construction firms in San Francisco include Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co., Build Group, and Plant Construction Co. LP.


San Francisco is known for its stunning and unique architecture, and the city continues to be a leader in the architecture industry. AutoCAD is an absolutely crucial tool in the planning and implementation of architectural projects, and the more knowledgeable one is in this robust and complex software application, the more options one will have in looking for professional opportunities. Some of the most respected architecture firms in San Francisco include IwamotoScott Architecture, Form4 Architecture, Mork Ulnes Architects, and Rapt Studio. 

AutoCAD Jobs & Salaries in San Francisco

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Francisco is the second most lucrative metro area for drafters with an annual mean wage of $79,000. It is also ranked as the number four metropolitan area for Architectural Drafters to receive a competitive wage. Mechanical Drafters make an annual mean wage of $88,000 in San Francisco according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.