Autodesk Essentials - Learning AutoCAD

Who should attend

Anyone who has a personal or professional interest in developing an understanding of computer aided design (CAD). This course will enable participants to gain basic competency in two-dimensional CAD. It is recommended that participants have at minimum a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and basic computer keyboarding skills.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Enquire upon application for start dates

Duration Three days
Time 8.30am - 4.30pm
Study location(s) MIT Ōtara
Study method Block courses
Domestic fees $427 (approx.)
Course code 231.410
Offered by School of Engineering and Trades

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, please contact the school of mechanical engineering trades at

MIT reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if there are insufficient numbers registered.

Course structure

This course will cover:

How to work with AutoCAD

  • Starting AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD workspaces
  • Creating and saving workspaces
  • AutoCAD interface overview
  • Model space vs. paper space (layouts)
  • Communicating with AutoCAD
  • Getting out of trouble
  • Saving your work

Displaying objects within the drawing

  • Drawing scales and view magnification
  • Zoom command and options

Coordinates and basic drawing tools

  • The Cartesian workspace
  • Absolute coordinates
  • Relative coordinates
  • Relative polar coordinates
  • Object snap overrides
  • Running object snaps
  • Drawing by distances
  • New drawing setup
  • Using grid and snaps
  • Introduction to object tracking
  • Inquiry commands
  • Introduction to dynamic input
  • Dynamic dialog settings

Creating 2D geometry

  • Creating line objects
  • Other line commands
  • Creating circles
  • Creating arcs
  • Other circular and arc commands
  • Working with LWPOLYLINES
  • Managing linetypes and lineweights
  • Overriding bylayer properties
  • Changing object properties

CAD construction techniques

  • Offsetting objects
  • Trimming and extending objects
  • Other commands that trim and extend
  • Adding a fillet or chamfer to objects

Introduction to blocks

  • Working with blocks
  • Creating blocks
  • Saving blocks to the hard disk
  • Inserting blocks
  • Renaming blocks
  • Introduction to symbol library palettes
  • Introduction to design centre

Dimensioning and crosshatching:

  • Creating basic dimensions
  • Linear dimension

Plotting drawings

  • Plotting overview
  • Plotting between spaces - advantages and disadvantages
  • Attaching plotting devices to layouts
  • About the DWF (PC3) plot drivers
  • Setting up layouts
  • Creating drawing viewports
  • Setting and locking viewport scales
  • Managing layout tabs
  • Controlling layers in paper space

Modern computers and LCD displays will be used, with the latest version of AutoCAD.


Completion of AutoCAD workbook.


Successful candidates will be issued with an MIT Certificate of Achievement.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.