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Introduction to AutoCad

Course Code MT-151
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week 3
Course Availability: Open
Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts and features of the AutoCAD (2D) computer-assisted-drafting program. This is a hands-on lab course which attempts to cover as many pertinent software commands and functions as possible in order to help students, with no previous knowledge of the program, to become competent and capable operators. The in-class exercises (which build upon each other) are designed to clearly illustrate AutoCAD commands while reiterating the CSA drafting standards discussed in the Blueprint Reading Course (MT-152). Weekly instruction will be given in one of the AutoCAD labs in a 2-hour session consisting of brief lectures on software theory and drafting standards followed by a lab session, with an emphasis placed on hands-on experience. Session times typically break down as follows: 25% lecture/instruction and 75% in-lab usage of the CAD equipment and software. In most sessions the student will be introduced to new drafting theory as well as CAD commands, operations and techniques. A series of specifically designed illustrative exercises, which will be assigned during the course, will provide the student with the necessary practice for skill development. It should be noted that these exercises are intended to be completed and submitted by the end of the class or at the start of the next session.