Computer Aided Design (CAD) refers to using computer software to help draft designs and technical drawings instead of having to draw detailed plans by hand.
These designs can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional and using CAD software often saves lots of time creating a design plan.
AutoCAD is a piece of CAD software created by Autodesk and is intended for professional use in creating design plans for projects such as manufacturing, infrastructure, architecture, and construction.
Additionally, AutoCAD can be used in media and in the entertainment industry to create visual effects.
While AutoCAD is far from the only CAD software available, its versatility and use in a number of different industries make learning AutoCAD drafting an important skill.
Drafting in AutoCAD
Drafting is a term that refers to creating technical drawings that communicate how something is constructed or functions.
A person who works on drafting is called a drafter. An AutoCAD drafter makes plans to create almost anything, from microchips and toys to appliances and spaceships. After they are drafted, the plans are handed off to a construction or production team.
Drafting is different than a visual drawing such as art because drafting is intended to have one particular meaning, which is made clear with symbols and measurements. In contrast, visual drawing is open to interpretation.
While sketching and diagramming can both be considered drafting, AutoCAD software makes these ideas more clear and turns them into sophisticated models in either 2-D or 3-D.
AutoCAD drafts may be used by:
- Civil engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Structural engineers
Many industries use plans created by AutoCAD drafters including:
- Computer products
You can learn how to draft in AutoCAD in a number of different ways, including a Drafting With AutoCAD® Distance Learning Course.
Become an AutoCAD Drafter
In order to work as an AutoCAD drafter, you need to have a deep understanding of how to use AutoCAD. Depending on what career you want to have while drafting with AutoCAD, then you may also need an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.
However, not all careers require an education beyond a strong background in drafting in AutoCAD. You should research more into your dream job to determine which, if any, degree is best for you.
Certification in AutoCAD
Sometimes a certification for drafting in AutoCAD can replace a formal education. Certifications may be offered through Autodesk, schools, or training programs. You should research what type of certification is best for you and your career goals.
Learn How to Draft With AutoCAD Today!
If you want to learn more about drafting with AutoCAD, consider taking Stratford’s Drafting With AutoCAD® Distance Learning Course. Or, look through Stratford Career Institute’s course catalog and enroll in another course today!