AutoCAD Software Skills and Construction Concepts

October 1, 2021

This course, part of Minnesota LTAP's new Roadway Design Using AutoCAD and Civil 3D training series, covers the most current version of AutoCAD software skills and construction concepts. Attendees will learn about the application of two-dimensional (2D) drafting techniques and business applications at the entry level.

The course will outline the basic elements of AutoCAD, the most commonly used drafting software in Minnesota public works offices. Students will learn the skills needed to complete simple 2D drawings, including drawing, modifying, dimensioning, labeling with text, and inserting blocks. Assignments cover a variety of disciplines, including civil and mechanical engineering, architecture, and site development.

Course Format

The 10-week course includes weekly two-hour live virtual classroom sessions, led by the course instructor. It also includes weekly office hours, giving students time to ask questions. Students are encouraged to participate in the live weekly sessions, but they will also be recorded and posted in the online course platform. Those not able to attend the live lecture must view the recorded version within the same week.

In addition to the weekly lectures, the course includes AutoCAD lab assignments that will be completed both during and outside of class as needed. Students are expected to complete reading assignments prior to each classroom session to maximize the value of the discussion. All AutoCAD problem assignments will be turned in by email to the instructor, although some hard plotted copies (submitted as a PDF or scan) will be required. Access to your own or your agency's AutoCAD software (any version) is required.

Course Dates and Times

The live, instructor-led sessions of the course will be held on Tuesdays, November 2, 2021, through January 18, 2022, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central. There will be no class on November 16 or December 28.

Office hours will be held on Fridays, November 5, 2021, through January 21, 2022.


·        Register

·        Cost: $150. A discounted rate of $75 is available for those willing to provide in-depth feedback to the instructor after the course ends. Email for details.

·        Contact: Chelsea Arbury Prorok at

Topics Covered

After completing this course, students will be able to:

·        Describe how AutoCAD and other computer-aided drafting programs work.

·        Execute basic AutoCAD drawing, modify, dimensioning, and labeling commands.

·        Create a block with attributes and insert it into a drawing.

·        Read a computer-generated drawing and describe its elements.

·        Develop a plan for efficiently completing an AutoCAD drawing given dimensions and criteria.

·        Transfer hand-measured dimensions to an AutoCAD drawing.

·        Plot an AutoCAD drawing to scale.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to use computer software to draft or design civil projects.

Course Instructor

Ann Johnson, PE, is a University of Minnesota faculty director of the Construction Management degree program and a workshop and course instructor for Minnesota LTAP and the Center for Transportation Studies, also at the University of Minnesota. She is a professional engineer registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also served as a teaching specialist in the University's civil engineering department for many years, teaching CADD, highway design, AutoCAD, and surveying. She owns and operates a consulting business, Professional Engineering Services, where she focuses on writing and teaching and employs several people to conduct construction monitoring and testing and plan preparation. Ann has written more than 20 publications and presentations on road design and maintenance. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and an MS in civil engineering with a pavement emphasis from the University of Minnesota.

Course Access and Technical Requirements

This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. For more information about Canvas, accessing the course, and technical requirements, please visit the course web page.


To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 20.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 2.0 CEUs.