Autodesk Inventor Essentials

Who should attend

Anyone who has a personal or professional interest in developing further understanding of three-dimensional computer aided design. Participants will create complex three-dimensional models and assemblies. It is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows.

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 $420 (approx.)
Course code 233.411
Offered by School of Engineering and Trades

Entry requirements

To enrol in 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

Introduction to Autodesk Inventor:

  • Autodesk Inventor fundamentals and interface
  • Model manipulation

Creating the Base Feature:

  • Creating a new part file
  • Sketched, primitive base features

Sketching Geometry Additional Sketching Tools:

  • Advanced editing tools
  • Rectangular, circular sketch patterns
  • Over-dimensioned sketches, sketch preferences

Sketched Secondary Features:

  • Using existing geometry
  • Extruded, revolved secondary features
  • 3D grip modification

Creating Pick and Place Features:

  • Edge chamfer
  • Constant, variable, face, full round fillets
  • Straight holes, threads, editing pick and place features, creation sequence

Work Feature:

  • Work planes, axes, points


  • Equations, parameters

Additional Features:

  • Face draft
  • Splitting a face or part
  • Shells, ribs, bend part

Model and Display Manipulation:

  • Reordering, inserting, suppressing features
  • Section, design views

Fixing Problems:

  • Sketch, feature failure

Sweep Features Loft Features:

  • Rail, centre line lofts, advanced loft options

Duplication Tools:

  • Rectangular, circular feature patterns
  • Mirror parts or features

Feature Relationships:

  • Establishing, controlling, investigating, changing relationships

Sketching Options:

  • Sketch geometry creation, sketch editing, constraint
  • Dimension type.

Assembly Environment:

  • Assembling components, browser
  • Content Centre, saving files

Manipulating Assembly Display:

  • Moving and rotating assembly components
  • Suppressing constraints, component display, selection options in assemblies

Model Information:

  • Measurement tools, model properties

Design Presentation and Animation:

  • Exploded view presentations

Assembly Tools:

  • Replacing, restructuring components, driving constraints
  • Contact solver, interference, error recovery

Assembly Parts and Features Assembly Bill of Materials:

  • Create virtual components, bill of materials

Working with Projects:

  • New projects, resolving links, the vault browser

Drawing Basics:

  • New drawing views, manipulating views

Detailing Drawings:

  • Dimensions, drawing sheets, parts list, balloons, styles and standards, hatching

Drawing Annotations:

  • Text, symbols, hole and thread notes, chamfer notes, centre marks and centre lines, hole tables, revision tables and tags

Customising Autodesk Inventor:

  • Application options, document settings, file properties, changing part units, command customisation

Effective Modelling:

  • Design considerations, modelling tips and techniques, model investigation

DWG TrueConnect:

  • Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD files
  • Geometry formatting tools.

Completion of Inventor workbook.


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

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.