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Master the art of architectural design with AutoCAD classes in Houston. Learn to create precise 2D and 3D model draft plans, and enhance your professional skills with this versatile software.

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AutoCAD Bootcamp

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the leading computer-aided design (CAD) application with this intensive course. Learn basic and advanced drawing techniques, create 2D drawings, and explore advanced tools to take your skills to the next level. Join industry professionals at Noble Desktop and elevate your drafting and technical drawing abilities.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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$949

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AutoCAD Level I

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the fundamental tools and techniques of AutoCAD, including drawing, editing, and printing. Develop skills in inserting blocks, using text for annotations, and working with advanced object types. Join us to build a strong foundation in AutoCAD at Noble Desktop.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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$599

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Introduction to AutoCAD

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Discover how to create detailed drawings of real objects using AutoCAD in this introductory course at Noble Desktop. Learn the essential techniques for drawing and modifying, and gain the skills to build mechanical and architectural objects with precision.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

AutoCAD Level II

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Take your AutoCAD skills to the next level with this intermediate course at Noble Desktop. Learn advanced techniques for creating templates, working with layers and blocks, and using the interface effectively. Expand your technical abilities and enhance your AutoCAD projects.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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$449

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Beginner AutoCAD

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn the fundamentals of AutoCAD and master 2D design techniques in this hands-on course at NYC Career Centers. Discover how to draw accurately, insert symbols and text, use layers and styles, and edit your designs with advanced methods. Perfect for beginners looking to dive into the world of AutoCAD.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

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AutoCAD Level 1 (Virtual)

Technical Institute of America @ Virtual Classroom

Master the fundamental commands and tools of AutoCAD with this beginner-friendly course at the Technical Institute of America. Learn from industry experts and gain hands-on experience creating drawings with live in-classroom instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to learn AutoCAD from great instructors without breaking the bank.

Monday, Mar 4th, 9:30am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

AutoCAD in a Day

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Learn the essential drawing and modifying techniques for drafting and technical drawing in this comprehensive AutoCAD course. Master the skills needed to create real objects, from mechanical to architectural, in just one day. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your design abilities.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

Advanced AutoCAD

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Take your AutoCAD skills to the next level with an advanced course that focuses on creating custom tools, improving workflow, and enhancing performance. Learn from experienced instructors in the heart of Manhattan. PC-only.

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$749

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Inventor Assembly Modeling (INV-102)

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Master the art of assembly modeling with a focus on creating multi-component designs, establishing joints and constraints, and effectively managing the Bill of Materials. Build upon your knowledge gained in the Introduction to Inventor and Inventor Part Modeling courses to take your skills to the next level.

Thursday, Mar 14th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

AutoCAD Level 2 (Virtual)

Technical Institute of America @ Virtual Classroom

Enhance your AutoCAD skills and become a more efficient user with the AutoCAD Level 2 course at the Technical Institute of America. Learn to define and control settings within drawing files, work with blocks, use the Design Center, and more. Taught by industry experts, this hands-on training will set you apart from the average AutoCAD user.

Monday, Mar 18th, 9:30am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

Intermediate AutoCAD

NYC Career Centers - Virtually Online

Expand your AutoCAD skills with this intermediate course focused on advanced layer techniques, customizing layout viewports, and working with external references. Enhance your productivity and gain mastery in positioning and annotation styles. Learn more at NYC Career Centers.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$449

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AutoCAD for Novice Users

ONLC Training Centers - Virtually Online

Learn to create and edit 2D drawings using AutoCAD software in this comprehensive course designed for beginners. Gain essential skills and knowledge to confidently navigate the AutoCAD interface, utilize drawing and editing commands, and organize your drawings effectively. Don't miss out on this popular course - secure your spot in advance!

Monday, Mar 4th, 10am–4:45pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$2,495

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Civil 3D Fundamentals 1 (C3D-101)

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Learn to effectively build civil engineering projects from start to finish using the powerful AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Master the surveying fundamentals with this course from D3 Technologies. Ideal for those new to the program or looking to expand their general Civil 3D knowledge.

Monday, Mar 4th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

AutoCAD Level 3 (Virtual)

Technical Institute of America @ Virtual Classroom

Master the art of 3D drawing with AutoCAD Level 3 at the Technical Institute of America. Learn from industry experts in a live online classroom setting and gain the skills to create, edit, and visualize three-dimensional geometry. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from great instructors without breaking the bank.

Monday, Mar 25th, 9:30am–5pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

ACD-100 AutoCAD Basic Drawing & Editing

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Learn the essential skills of basic AutoCAD drafting at D3 Technologies. Discover how to create and edit drawings using fundamental commands and selection options, while mastering precision geometric locations. Perfect for students ready to dive into the world of AutoCAD.

Monday, Mar 11th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

ACE-101 AutoCAD Electrical Essentials

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Learn how to create and manage electrical-controls production drawings with AutoCAD Electrical. Discover how to build intelligent ladder diagrams and leverage the software's powerful features. Develop essential skills for designing according to the NFPA (US) standard.

Thursday, Mar 14th, 9am–4:30pm Mountain Time

 (2 sessions)

$1,195

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Civil 3D Fundamentals 2 (C3D-102)

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Master the use of AutoCAD Civil 3D software and enhance your civil engineering skills with D3 Technologies. Learn how to effectively build a project from start to finish, utilizing the tools and features available in the software, in this comprehensive course. Perfect for both beginners and those looking to expand their Civil 3D knowledge.

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

FSN-103 Fusion 360 Design: Assemblies & Sketch

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Master the art of creating and editing assemblies, along with the skills to create and edit drawings using Fusion 360 in this comprehensive course by D3 Technologies. Learn different design methodologies, how to manipulate parts, and the use of drawing templates to create professional drawings. Enhance your design skills with this must-have course.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

AutoCAD Essential Tools (ACD-101)

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Master the essential tools of AutoCAD and unlock your creative potential at a leading technology school. Develop your skills in organizing objects, working with templates, creating with advanced objects, and editing commands. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your AutoCAD skills and take your designs to the next level.

Tuesday, Mar 19th, 8am–3:30pm Mountain Time

AutoCAD for Electrical (ACE-001)

Team D3 @ CAD LIVE

Enhance your skills in AutoCAD Electrical with D3 Technologies' comprehensive course. Explore essential tools, commands, and techniques to excel in control design and gain a competitive edge in the industry. Join now and unlock your potential in electrical drafting and design.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 9am–1pm Mountain Time

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AutoCAD Classes in Houston are rated 4.4 stars based on 1,689 verified reviews from purchasers.

Discover the Best AutoCAD Classes in Houston

Design professionals in many industries use AutoCAD, a software program that allows them to create models of designs in two or three dimensions. The acronym “CAD” stands for “computer-assisted design.” While other CAD programs exist—such as ActCAD, SketchUp, and MicroStation–-AutoCAD is still the industry-standard software for computer-assisted design. Since 1982, professionals in planning, design, and construction fields have been using AutoCAD to model their creations.

When many people think of AutoCAD, they understand it as a program primarily designed for drafters or architects to facilitate the creation of plans for a building. In fact, there are lots of other industries and professionals who find AutoCAD essential to their work. For example, it can help urban planners create topographic maps and build city plans. Design professionals—like animators, game designers, and graphic designers–-are using AutoCAD more and more. Civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers also employ AutoCAD as a tool for interpretation and troubleshooting of their designers.

Perhaps you’re wondering what makes AutoCAD the preferred software for these purposes. One reason is that people have been relying on it for a long time to create their 2D and 3D models for professional design purposes. In addition, AutoCAD has stayed the industry-standard software because of the powerful suite of tools it provides for building, developing, testing, and animating design models. The interface is also user-friendly, and AutoCAD makes it easy to integrate and export using other softwares—for example, to produce tangible versions of the design models through 3D printing software. AutoCAD’s developers have also made sure that the program continues to evolve and grow, making it possible to address new technologies and new possible applications as they develop. For example, they have recently added features designed to take advantage of artificial intelligence and augmented reality for their design potential.

Best AutoCAD Classes & Schools in Houston

#1: D3 Technologies—AutoCAD Mechanical Basics

The AutoCAD Mechanical Basics course from D3 Technologies serves students who want to use AutoCAD for mechanical engineering and related purposes. It covers the central features necessary to use the mechanical functions of AutoCAD. Students begin by learning how to create and manage layers for mechanical designs. Next, the course moves on to how they can build geometrical models using the program’s suite of mechanical tools. Then students discover how to use those tools to manipulate the geometrical models they have created. They explore the built-in standard parts for mechanical engineering that they can apply to their designs, like components in a software design program. Finally, students use the built-in annotation features to add explanations to their designs for construction purposes, including labels and dimensions. 

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This one-day course is full-time. It has no prerequisites, but knowledge of mechanical engineering principles is helpful. The cost of tuition is $595. 

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According to students, the teachers at D3 Technologies are notable for their “vast technical knowledge” and the “cutting edge” instruction they provide.

#2: Noble Desktop—Introduction to AutoCAD

Students in the Introduction to AutoCAD course from Noble Desktop begin their studies with a tour of the interface in AutoCAD. They first explore how to use the commands for basic drawing and editing in the program. After creating a file in AutoCAD, they make a simple drawing. They then discover how to edit it. This process allows them to learn how they can best exploit the high degree of precision that AutoCAD’s drawing functions offer. At this point in the course, they also study the functions of AutoCAD that allow them to examine their drawing in detail, such as panning across their model and zooming in on it. The course also introduces them to keyboard shortcuts they can use to maximize their efficiency as they exploit the potential of AutoCAD for their designs.

Then, students move on to learn more about AutoCAD’s range of drawing commands, including circles, lines, and rectangles. Once they’ve built a drawing using these functions, they turn them into a layout using the program’s modify tools. Next, they use object snap tracking to view a projection of their model as viewed from above. After that, they explore the more precise drawing tools within AutoCAD. For example, they learn more about object tracking, polar tracking, and snap tracking. These functions make it possible to create a highly precise model. The course concludes by teaching students how to use the editing tools in AutoCAD–-such as the copy, rotate, scale, move, and mirror functions—to modify the drawing they’ve laid out.

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At three hours a day, this three-day program is part-time. It has no prerequisites. Tuition is $325.

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Noble Desktop has a reputation for excellent instruction in small classes that allow each student to get personal attention from the instructor. Any graduate is allowed to retake a class within one year of completion for free. With their studies, students receive a proprietary workbook from Noble.

Graduates “highly recommend” this course. They found it an “extremely valuable” use of their time because of the “very effective” approach to learning offered by Noble’s “top notch” instructors.

#3: New York City College of Technology—Construction Drawing with AutoCAD

In the Construction Drawing with AutoCAD course offered by the New York City College of Technology, students learn the basics of 2D drawing and modeling in AutoCAD. The course is aimed at design professionals who want to use AutoCAD in their careers as mechanical or structural engineers, architects, or interior designers.

The course begins by introducing students to AutoCAD’s basic interface and the display commands available within it. They learn the fundamental CAD tools of the program. They also explore the software’s drawing setup and the precision tools it offers, such as snaps, grips, and scale coordinate systems. Then, the course becomes hands-on, as students begin experimenting with the program’s simple drawing and editing commands.

Next, students learn how to enhance their drawings with the layer, text, and block functions. They also discover the modify tools available in the program. Then, they plot their drawings to prepare them for printing, and they learn how to print them as well.

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This 4.5-hour course is full-time. There are no prerequisites for this beginner-level program. Cost of tuition is $715, which includes a $20 registration fee.

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Students praise this course for the “strong practical skills” it provides to graduates. They also appreciated its “interactive and hands-on nature,” as well as the “knowledgeable and skilled” instructors.

#4: Technical Institute of America—AutoCAD Level 1

Students in the AutoCAD Level 1 course at the Technical Institute of America begin their studies by exploring the interface in AutoCAD. First, they learn the functions of the program’s panels, tabs, and ribbons. The course covers its help features and the applications browser within it. Students then discover the basic uses of AutoCAD’s drawing tools, such as making lines, polylines, rectangles, arcs, and circles. For greater precision, they learn how to improve a draft drawing through the use of object snaps.

The course moves on to the program’s copying commands. Students discover how they can move and copy objects. Next, they explore the more complex copying functions in the program—for example, the mirror, array, and offset commands. Then they learn how to modify objects in their drawings. Functions they explore at this point include scale, extend, stretch, trim, fillet, and chamfer.

Students then learn to annotate their drawings for building purposes. They can add dimensions to their plans, as well as descriptive and explanatory text. They also learn how to apply hatch commands to their drawings. They discover layers at this point as well. After learning to create and manage them, they adjust their states using the freeze, lock, isolate, and off commands, among others. They also create multiple layouts of their drawings, so that they can plot them, set their scales, and use the viewport function to examine different scales of the drawings. Finally, the course introduces students to the program’s relationship with paperspace and modelspace.

Key Information

This workshop takes a single full day. There are no prerequisites for this beginner course. The cost of tuition is $749.

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Students find the instructors at Technical Institute of America “fantastic,” because they are “clear,” “straightforward,” and “thorough.” They say the course is “entertaining” and “enjoyable” because of the excellent instructors.

#5: NYC Career Centers—AutoCAD in a Day

Through NYC Career Centers’ AutoCAD in a Day course, students can quickly learn the basics of AutoCAD. They discover how to use the software for the purpose of drafting and technical drawing. The single-day course covers the most basic drawing and editing techniques in AutoCAD, which will make it possible for students to create models of actual mechanical or architectural objects.

NYC Career Centers also offers a three-day course, with AutoCAD in a day as the first day. In the second and third days, students discover layers, properties, measurements, text, and plotting. They learn other vital AutoCAD principles as well.

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This course is full-time and runs for seven hours. There are no prerequisites. Tuition costs $325.

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Students found this course to be “highly interactive” and “to the point” when it comes to a quick, helpful AutoCAD introduction. They also say the instructors are “amazing” because they are both “super knowledgeable” and “kind.”

#6: ONLC Training Centers—AutoCAD for Novice Users

ONLC Training Centers’ AutoCAD for Novice Users course gives students the full scope of exploring AutoCAD’s user interface. First, they create a simple two-dimensional image. Over time, they develop it further, using more and more advanced AutoCAD tools. During their time in the course, students cover the schematic, mechanical, and architectural uses of AutoCAD through three hands-on projects.

Students begin the course with a basic exploration of the interface, including the cartesian workspace within it and the commands they can use to manipulate models within that workspace. After creating a new AutoCAD file, they experiment with the basic drawing and editing tools.

The exploration of drawing in AutoCAD begins with creating circles, lines, and rectangles on a vertical and horizontal axis. Students create a drawing using the program’s basic shapes. This provides them with a simple starting product to manipulate and modify as they learn more and more functions of AutoCAD. At this point, they also learn how to undo and redo actions in the program, and how to erase an object they’ve previously added to their drawing.

With editing, students begin by learning how to use the grid and snap functions for drawing. This unit includes object snaps, object snap tracking, polar tracking at angles, object snap overrides, and running object snaps. The course then moves on to other editing functions of the program, including how to move, rotate, scale, and mirror objects.

Students now explore some of the more advanced tools in AutoCAD—for example, how to use layers to organize a drawing or model. They learn how to create and manipulate more complex types of objects within the program. To increase the precision of their models, they work with object properties and measurement functions. This unit includes different ways of modifying objects in the program, such as offsetting, stretching, extending, and trimming.

The course also covers how to prepare a model for printing by creating a layout in the program. Students learn how to facilitate comprehension when sharing their model by inserting text for annotations, dimensions, and tables. After completing instruction in advanced manipulation of 2D images, the course briefly dips into AutoCAD’s 3D functions.

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This is a full-time course that takes four days. It does not have any prerequisites. Though the cost of tuition is $2745, those who register early may be able to get a discounted rate of $2495.

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Students say that they gained “a wealth of information” from the “very knowledgeable” instructors at ONLC. One even stated that the instruction there was “the best I’ve experienced.”

Houston Industries That Use AutoCAD

The city’s website indicates that the major industries in Houston include manufacturing, aerospace, energy, life sciences, and transportation/logistics. In manufacturing, designers use AutoCAD to manipulate designs, replicate parts, and get a highly granular level of detail on dimensions. AutoCAD allows aerospace engineers to eliminate the need for a physical model by providing 3D modeling based on datasets about vehicles. In the energy industry, designers often use AutoCAD to model renewable energy technology such as solar panels. In the life sciences, the program allows scientists and doctors to make models of organs and tissues and mimic their properties. The transportation industry uses AutoCAD to model routes and layouts.

AutoCAD Jobs & Salaries in Houston

A manufacturing engineer in Houston makes an average of $84,000 annually. In aerospace, the typical yearly pay for an engineer is $103,000. An energy engineer in Houston makes about $93,000. $116,000 is the average annual salary for a life scientist. A transportation planner makes $75,000 yearly on average.

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