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AutoCAD Electrical Essentials

Course Description

Course Length = 4 days

CPC PDH Credits = 28

This course is designed for new users who require comprehensive training in AutoCAD® Electrical software. This hands-on course focuses on how to build intelligent ladder diagrams and panel layouts, and how to leverage this intelligence. The course provides an overview of many AutoCAD Electrical utilities designed to enable users to quickly build and manage electrical-controls drawings.

Hands-on exercises throughout the course explore how to create electrical-controls production drawings. All exercises and datasets in this course are based on the JIC (US) standard.

Training Objectives

The primary objective of this course is for students to learn the basic commands necessary for creating professional electrical-controls drawings with AutoCAD Electrical software.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Navigate the AutoCAD Electrical user interface.
  • Use the fundamental features of AutoCAD Electrical.
  • Build intelligent ladder diagrams and panel layouts.
  • Create, view, and edit the project settings and properties.
  • Extract data from drawings into reports formatted to match users’ standards.
  • Insert and edit parametric PLC modules, nonparametric PLC modules, and stand-alone PLC I/O points.

Course Outline

Day 1 – Basic AutoCAD Electrical

  • Basic WorkFlow
    • Design Environment
    • Basic Workflow
  • Project Basics
    • Project Manager
    • The Project Drawing List
    • Moving Through Projects
    • Activating and Copying Projects
  • Schematic Wiring
    • Wiring and Ladders
    • Wire Numbers
    • Source and Destination Signal Arrows
    • Circuits
    • Multiple Phase Circuits
    • Connectors and Point-2-Point Wiring

Day 2 – Basic AutoCAD Electrical

  • Schematic Editing
    • Basic Utilities
    • Miscellaneous Tools
    • Resequence and Retag Drawings
    • Using the Auditing Tools
  • Schematic Components
    • Inserting Schematic Symbols
    • Swapping and Updating Blocks
    • Inserting Schematic Components from Lists
  • Schematic Reports
    • Schematic Reports
  • Panel Layouts
    • Creating Panel Layouts from Schematic Lists
    • Using the DIN Rail Utility
    • Panel Footprints
    • Using the Terminal Strip Editor
    • Panel Layout Annotation and Reports

Day 3 – Configuration

  • Settings and Configuration
    • Creating Wire Types
    • Using Reference Files
    • Drawing Properties
    • Project Properties
  • Custom Components
    • Schematic Symbols
    • Icon Menu System
    • Panel Footprints
  • Custom Data
    • Managing Part Catalog Databases
    • Editing the Pin List Database
    • Updating Title Block Attributes

Day 4 – Advanced

  • Automation Tools
    • Updating Schematics from Spreadsheets
    • Generating Automatic Reports
  • Autodesk Vault Integration
    • Working with Autodesk Vault
  • PLC Modules
    • Using PLC I/O Modules
    • Using the PLC Database File Editor
    • PLC I/O Address-Based Tagging
    • Using the Spreadsheet to PLC I/O Utility
  • Advanced Tools
    • Adding Wire Data to Footprints
    • Managing Cables


Working knowledge of AutoCAD® is recommended and electrical drafting, design, or engineering experience is a plus. It is recommended that the student have a working knowledge of Microsoft® Windows.

Course Cost

This 4-day course is $1345 per person.

Course Dates

There are no dates scheduled for this course at this time. Please Contact Us to request a new course date or view our full course schedule for similar courses.


Note: The suggested course duration is a guideline. Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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Training & Development Center
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Fairfield, NJ 07004
T (973) 882-8008
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