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    Default Veteran trying to decide which AutoCAD training program to take

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    Hey everyone! As you can see I am a new member. I have ZERO CAD experience and will soon be enrolling in some sort of AutoCAD online program so I can get certified. It will have to be a 100% online and self-paced program as I am employed full-time and a new father. My career path includes both creating stainless steel shop drawings for customers to review and approve, and creating kitchen equipment floor plans and MEP's from an architect's base plan backgrounds.

    I will be using my Montgomery GI Bill to pay for the school, but have only managed to find 2 courses (Ashworth College & Penn Foster ) which are 100% online and self-paced. However both are only partially covered by the VA since they are considered correspondence courses. I hope to find a certification course that is fully covered though, but the sooner I start the training the sooner I can start working on that side of things. The actual degree path will come a little later on once I start working for myself.

    And am very much so a "figure it out" kind of guy so these courses not being very in depth isn't a huge issue. I will also get hands on training from people who are currently doing the job I hope to be in one day.

    Any guidance and tips are greatly appreciated!

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    Welcome to CADTutor Rhino.
    If you do a search For Penn Foster on CADTutor, you will very quickly, and without investing a cent, learn a few things that may serve you well.
    Penn Foster seems to be lacking on a great many levels, which you will figure out if you read a few frantic posts by their students.
    ReMark, who is a very prolific forum member has no doubt answered more questions from Penn Foster students in the last 5 years than all of the instructors combined.
    One of their instructors, actually told a student, that if there was a problem, to just create a new post on, or search on CADTutor.

    There are lots of free options available, the one I used was MYCADSITE.com, which is excellent, and will very quickly take you through the basics, and beyond.
    No doubt, lots of folks will respond to this thread, so stay tuned.
    There is quite a range of different software to choose from.

    Good luck, I started learning cad at age 58, and I really love doing it.

    You sound pretty self motivated, in which case you could probably teach yourself all you would need to know, to get your feet wet with Autocad, at your own pace, in a very short time, at MYCADSITE.com .

    Certification is not nearly as important as your ability to draw what you need to, accurately, neatly and unambiguously.
    If you dive into self teaching at no cost, and unconfined by the rigors of a one size fits all instruction, you might be pleasantly surprised.

    If need be you could later take an Autocad certification test, at your own time and place.
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    Hi Rhino68W they make a CAD program expressly for you it called Rhino
    All kidding aside welcome to CADTutor. I am really not recommending rhino because i am not qualified to do so.
    I'm not local so I am not too helpful for training.

    I'm a figure it out kind of guy also. I would recommend you make a project for yourself. If you want going to something familiar like creating "stainless steel shop drawings" and try to replicate it in a software package alway a good way to go.

    The forum is how I learn to use AutoCAD. Provide no real training from work.
    The AutoCAD Tutorials on this site are good and free. Once opening AutoCAD in the Start Tab there are some simple Getting Started Videos. Lynda.com also is a great service also.

    However AutoCAD is not the only way to go so do a bit of research into what software is the most appropriate for the Job.

    If you ever need help this Forum is a gold mine of knowledge.
    Welcome and Good luck at getting started.

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    I wont go into if you have an Autocad or not, but if not download Drafsight its free. Start by drawing something simple like a stainless rectang table, then get more complicated. Search for Penn foster you will find lots of examples of how to draw difficult parts especially multiple curves. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Take a photo of your plan and post as an image. Then advice on how to draw will follow. You do though need more posts to do this. Someone may give you a email
    and they will post.

    Remember F1 will bring up Help.

    But like sunny turtle start with the basics

    Draw a line learn how to imply a length and angle
    " an arc the various options like start end radius, 3 pts
    circle

    trim
    extend

    using F8 to force ortho

    osnap to help you draw accurately also F3 to turn on and off

    Dimensions
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    If you want the best kitchen equipment done in Autocad search David Bethel here he posts lots of great images. All in 3D.

    An Example http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/showth...Island-Display
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGAL View Post
    If you want the best kitchen equipment done in Autocad search David Bethel here he posts lots of great images. All in 3D.

    An Example http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/showth...Island-Display
    As suggested by BIGAL, just click on the CADTutor home page, and look at the image of the week, which is by David, and falls right into the sort of work discussed previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadgad View Post
    Welcome to CADTutor Rhino.
    If you do a search For Penn Foster on CADTutor, you will very quickly, and without investing a cent, learn a few things that may serve you well.
    Penn Foster seems to be lacking on a great many levels, which you will figure out if you read a few frantic posts by their students.
    ReMark, who is a very prolific forum member has no doubt answered more questions from Penn Foster students in the last 5 years than all of the instructors combined.
    One of their instructors, actually told a student, that if there was a problem, to just create a new post on, or search on CADTutor.

    I did that while lurking for a few days lol. I saw that many students were requesting help which was a big red flag. Ashworth is at the top of my list right now though. I read somewhere (not sure where) that they underwent a change in the higher up positions a few years back and have made great progress towards being a better product for their students. We'll see...

    There are lots of free options available, the one I used was MYCADSITE.com, which is excellent, and will very quickly take you through the basics, and beyond.
    No doubt, lots of folks will respond to this thread, so stay tuned.
    There is quite a range of different software to choose from.

    Good luck, I started learning cad at age 58, and I really love doing it.

    You sound pretty self motivated, in which case you could probably teach yourself all you would need to know, to get your feet wet with Autocad, at your own pace, in a very short time, at MYCADSITE.com .

    Certification is not nearly as important as your ability to draw what you need to, accurately, neatly and unambiguously.
    If you dive into self teaching at no cost, and unconfined by the rigors of a one size fits all instruction, you might be pleasantly surprised.

    Unfortunately for me to make a lateral move within my job I will need some sort of credentials. I work for a large company so liability is important which is understandable. The certification is merely the first step in the process for me.

    If need be you could later take an Autocad certification test, at your own time and place.
    Thank you for your input! Comments in Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGAL View Post
    I wont go into if you have an Autocad or not, but if not download Drafsight its free. Start by drawing something simple like a stainless rectang table, then get more complicated. Search for Penn foster you will find lots of examples of how to draw difficult parts especially multiple curves. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Take a photo of your plan and post as an image. Then advice on how to draw will follow. You do though need more posts to do this. Someone may give you a email
    and they will post.

    Remember F1 will bring up Help.

    But like sunny turtle start with the basics

    Draw a line learn how to imply a length and angle
    " an arc the various options like start end radius, 3 pts
    circle

    trim
    extend

    using F8 to force ortho

    osnap to help you draw accurately also F3 to turn on and off

    Dimensions
    I will look into Drafsight. I had planned on doing what Sunny Turtle mentioned and starting from the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino68W View Post
    I will look into Drafsight. I had planned on doing what Sunny Turtle mentioned and starting from the bottom.
    Hey Rhino, Dallas neighbor here (Forney, actually). My wife and I will be in your parts for the Dwight Yoakam concert next month.

    I'm in the MEP realm. AutoCAD is still used for MEP drafting, but Revit is becoming the standard in today's commercial MEP design and construction. I would suggest you consider Revit training if you wish to go down this road.

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    I've heard a lot of buzz about Revit.

    I will look into some Revit specific programs if I can find them

    Enjoy Cowtown!

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