AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that engineers use in a variety of design projects, including mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture and construction. Training classes help engineers to get the most out of this powerful tool. Explore certification training options through local community colleges or technical schools. Free online training opportunities are also available to give you a head-start on formal training.
Community colleges and technical schools offer programs in AutoCAD to prepare students for entry level drafting and designing positions. Students who complete all required classes take exams to earn professional certifications. For an example of a certification training program in a traditional classroom setting, see what Lone Star College in Texas has to offer. Ashworth College offers an online example of a similar certification program.
Free online training options also exist. While free training won't lead to certification, this option provides an opportunity to see what it's like to work with AutoCAD. Options are offered by people who've elected to share what they've learned on sites such as Auto Desk Knowledge Network. Also look to formal educational venues, such as North Carolina State University, which offers free online tutorials available for public view.
Michael Lawrence holds a B.S. in computer information systems and an M.B.A. in strategic management. He has held technical and leadership roles in the field of information technology for more than 20 years. Lawrence has certifications in project management, enterprise architecture and Six Sigma.