AutoCAD Electrical - The Complete Guide

This course is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD Electrical features and capabilities.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 30 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to AutoCAD Electrical
  • Working with Projects and Drawings
  • Working with Wires
  • Creating Ladders
  • Schematic Components
  • Schematic Editing
  • Connectors, Point-to-Point Wiring Diagrams, and Circuits
  • Panel Layouts
  • Schematic and Panel Reports
  • PLC Modules
  • Terminals
  • Settings, Configurations, Templates, and Plotting
  • Creating Symbols

Course Description

AutoCAD Electrical The Complete Guide is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD Electrical features and capabilities. Every course is designed to use all learning styles from the text, audio, video, interactivity, quizzes and practical “Let Me Try” examples.

You’ll follow a workflow-based approach that mirrors the development of projects in the real world, learning the steps to wire components together, editing Ladder Diagrams, working with connectors and circuits, using Wiring Diagrams, creating and editing reports, and creating your own symbols to use in the drawings.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend you review every topic within the course, and use all the learning styles to ensure you retain the important information within. We also encourage you to take all the progress tests to ensure you have retained the knowledge, and most importantly practice with the hundreds of real-world, Let Me Try examples.

You do not need any previous experience with AutoCAD Electrical to take this course; however, it does assume a reasonable level of experience with the Windows operating system on your part. While not absolutely necessary, some experience with other CAD software is helpful.

Course Outline

AutoCAD Electrical Course Outline

New for AutoCAD 2020

  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2020
  • AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets

Introduction to AutoCAD Electrical

  • Invoking Commands
  • Workspaces
  • Saving the Work
  • Getting Help
  • Interface Components
  • Dynamic Input Mode

Working with Projects and Drawings

  • Creating a New Project
  • Working with Drawings
  • Working with Project Drawings
  • Copying/Deleting a Project
  • Other Options in the Project Manager

Working with Wires

  • Inserting Wires into a Drawing
  • Modifying Wires
  • Wire Types
  • Wire Numbers
  • Inserting Wire Markers/Labels in a Drawing
  • Troubleshooting Wires

Creating Ladders

  • Inserting and Editing Ladders
  • Grid Labels

Schematic Components

  • Inserting Schematic Components
  • Inserting Components Using Catalog Browser
  • Annotating and Editing the Symbols
  • Assigning Catalog Information and Editing the Catalog Database
  • Inserting Components from the Equipment List
  • Inserting Components from Panel Lists
  • Swapping and Updating Blocks

Schematic Editing

  • Changing Component Location
  • Updating Components
  • Auditing Drawings and Projects
  • Retagging Drawings
  • Using Tools for Editing Attributes

Connectors, Point-to-Point Wiring Diagrams, and Circuits

  • Inserting Connectors
  • Editing Connectors
  • Using Point-to-point Wiring Diagrams
  • Working with Circuits
  • Building a Circuit
  • Multiple Phase Circuits

Panel Layouts

  • Creating Panel Layouts
  • Annotating and Editing Footprints
  • Setting the Panel Drawing Configuration
  • Adding Balloons to a Component
  • Inserting Footprints
  • Item Numbers, Nameplates and DIN Rail

Schematic and Panel Reports

  • Generating Schematic Reports
  • Report Generator Dialog Box
  • Changing Report Formats

PLC Modules

  • Inserting Parametric PLC Modules
  • Inserting Nonparametric PLC Modules
  • Editing a PLC Module
  • Inserting Individual PLC IO Points
  • Creating and Modifying Parametric PLC Modules
  • Creating PLC I/O Wiring Diagrams


  • Inserting Terminal Symbols
  • Adding and Modifying Associations
  • Selecting, Creating, Editing, and Inserting Terminal Strips
  • Terminal Tables
  • Resequencing Terminal Numbers
  • Settings, Configurations, Templates, and Plotting
  • Setting Project Properties
  • Setting Drawing Properties
  • Reference Files
  • Mapping the Title Block
  • Updating Title Block Settings
  • Creating Templates
  • Plotting the Project
  • Project Task List

Creating Symbols

  • Creating Symbols
  • Naming Convention of Symbols
  • Customizing the icon Menu
  • Miscellaneous Tools

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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