“Can I learn AutoCAD even if I’m not an engineer?” and other Frequently Asked Questions on AutoCAD

When we posted an article on CAD Training Centers in the Philippines almost 2 years ago, we have received a ton of questions about CAD (Computer Aided Design) from many of you who are interested in learning this skill. So we turned to the experts and asked a few training providers who specialized in this field to answer your questions.

1. What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a 2-D and 3-D computer-aided drafting software application used in architecture, construction, and manufacturing to assist in the preparation of blueprints and other engineering plans.

AutoCAD is an integral part of the CAD industry—not just as a piece of software, but also as a necessary skill across many industries. Whether it’s drafting or engineering, you won’t be able to go very far without having the necessary AutoCAD skills.

2. How can learning AutoCAD help you be successful?

Gaining a Craft. The ability to design with AutoCAD is definitely a craft that gives you the needed technical expertise needed to pursue a professional career in various fields— engineering, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, project management etc.

Choosing a Profession. As a prospective student of architecture, engineering and interior design, a simple search on pre-requisite subjects for studying these courses will include the need to be AutoCAD literate.

Getting Paid. Having the ability to design working prototypes of engineering components as well as draft architectural plans are skills that can easily be monetized due to the high demand for design professionals in these industry verticals.

Taking Up Additive Manufacturing. 3D printing which just happens to be the rave of the manufacturing industry relies heavily on CAD designs for models that can be used as prototype for printing objects. This reliance is due to the very high level of accuracy using AutoCAD brings to designing a model.

Building the Foundation for Mastering other CAD Interfaces. A comprehensive knowledge of the AutoCAD interface makes learning to use more advanced CAD software applications far easier than if you were starting from scratch.

3. What type of careers are out there that requires knowledge in AutoCAD?

Almost all Architecture and Engineering jobs require at least basic knowledge in AutoCAD. Either Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Geodetic, Naval and the likes.

Drafting: Drafters use software like AutoCAD to convert the designs of engineers or architects into technical drawings and blueprints.
Careers: Mechanical Drafters, Electrical Drafters, Architectural Drafters, Civil Drafters

Engineering: Engineers use software like AutoCAD to produce designs and specifications for the manufacturing or modification of mechanical components or systems. AutoCAD enables them to design these parts, and run simulations—testing factors like stress endurance to see how well these designs will function in high-pressure situations. It’s also useful for running cost estimates and checking factors like dimension, volume or
Careers: Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Industrial Engineers

Architecture: Software like AutoCAD is very popular in the field of architecture. It can be used to create detailed floor plans and 3D renderings of structures. Furthermore, architects can use the software to analyze a building’s components, or to calculate the load levels of support structures.
Careers: Architect

Design: Designers, like architects, can create 2D models and 3D renderings of their design by making use of the extensive libraries and templates that AutoCAD has to offer. These designs can even include aspects like surface features (windows, doors) and interior features (furniture, color scheme).
Careers: Interior Designers, Industrial Designers

4. What will I get if I learn AutoCAD in an Autodesk Authorized Training Center?

If training is done in an Authorized Training Center, it includes an Internationally Recognized Certificate of Completion and an Official Training Courseware as training manual.

5. How can I be a certified of AutoCAD?

Autodesk offers Certification Exams for AutoCAD. There are two (2) types of Certifications Exams available here in the Philippines, Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional.Autodesk Certified User (ACU) certification is an excellent way for students with about 40 hours of real-world Autodesk software experience to validate their software skills.

Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) is the logical credential for advanced and professional Autodesk software uses who possess at least 400 hours of real-world Autodesk software experience.

Stanford IT Learning is also an Autodesk Certified Certification Center that offers exams
for AutoCAD, Revit and other Autodesk software applications.

In the Philippines, Stanford IT Learning – The Training Division of CIM Technologies, Inc. has been in the industry for 28 years as an Autodesk Authorized Training Center, offering various training courses serving its customers for Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. Our office is in the central business district of Metro Manila located at Unit 704 SEDCCO 1 Bldg. Rada St. cor. Legaspi Sts. Legaspi Village Makati City 1229 Philippines.

Stanford IT Learning also offers Online Courses for AutoCAD, offering interactive Online Training experience flexible learning that embrace different studying methods by text, videos, audios and photos. Enhance your skills while saving time and reducing costs with unlimited access to your training modules anytime, anywhere.


1. Will I be able to learn and absorb AutoCAD lessons even if I have zero knowledge?


2. Will I be able to learn and absorb AutoCAD lessons even if I am not an engineer or architect?


3. Will I be able to learn and absorb AutoCAD lessons for 4 sessions?


– Mr. Elmer Garchitorena, CAD trainer and lecturer at CADQuest Training Services

CADQuest Training Services is founded to provide one-on-one, group and company training with a world-class lecturer and trainer that caters to different disciplines like architects, engineers, graphic designers, interior designers and even students who need specialized training that is affordable and with time and venue flexibility.


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