AutoCAD Mechanical training
AutoCAD Mechanical training

2 days
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

AutoCAD Mechanical training course for professional 2D mechanical design and drafting.

The AutoCAD Mechanical toolset provides an engineering design solution specifically for the manufacturing industry. AutoCAD Mechanical simplifies and automates many common tasks, accelerating the mechanical CAD process and improving productivity.

Our AutoCAD Mechanical course teaches the key commands and techniques for professional 2D mechanical design and drafting using AutoCAD Mechanical.

AutoCAD Mechanical training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

In-class or online

Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures and comprehensive sanitisation implemented.

We continue to offer all courses in our popular live online format.

Accredited AutoCAD Mechanical training

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD Mechanical training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

AutoCAD Mechanical courses are hosted by Carl Portman, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, with vast experience of using the application professionally.

How will I learn?

AutoCAD Mechanical training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running AutoCAD Mechanical.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for AutoCAD Mechanical, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD Mechanical training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following AutoCAD Mechanical training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD Mechanical trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of AutoCAD, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge.

AutoCAD Mechanical version

Training can be based on any recent version of AutoCAD Mechanical to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for AutoCAD Mechanical training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request AutoCAD Mechanical course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request AutoCAD Mechanical course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Carl Portman

Carl Portman Autodesk Certified Instructor

Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.

Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical, and he continues to carry out project work for a range of clients. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of:

  • A wide range of 3D design applications used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360, Inventor and SolidWorks.
  • Machining, CAM and CNC.

Away from work, Carl’s passion is motorsport, and until recently he raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Course content

Course content

AutoCAD Mechanical design concepts

  • Interacting with the user interface

User interface

  • Common drawing setup

Mechanical layers and layer control

  • Layers
  • Layer control

Workflows for organising and creating drawing geometry

  • Structuring data in drawings
  • Reusing and editing structured data

Tools for creating key geometry

  • Core design tools
  • Designing with lines
  • Power snaps
  • Centre lines
  • Construction lines
  • Adding standard feature data for holes and slots

Tools for manipulating geometry

  • Editing tools
  • Power commands
  • Associative hide

Mechanical part generators

  • Standard parts
  • Chain/belt
  • Shaft generator
  • Standard shaft parts
  • Springs

Drawing sheets

  • Creating drawing sheets in model space
  • Model space views in layouts
  • Annotation views when using structure
  • Title blocks and drawing borders

Dimensioning and annotating your drawings

  • Annotation and annotation symbols
  • Creating dimensions
  • Editing dimensions
  • Hole charts and fits lists
  • Revision lists

Bill of materials, parts lists and balloons

  • Part references
  • Bill of materials
  • Inserting parts lists
  • Ballooning parts

Design calculations

  • Design calculations

Leveraging existing data

  • Library
  • DWG™ and IGES files
  • Inventor link

Mechanical options for the CAD manager

  • Standards-based design
  • Configure layer, text and symbol properties
  • Configure the annotation tools
  • Configure component properties, BOM, parts lists and balloons
Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a real AutoCAD Mechanical course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the AutoCAD Mechanical training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online AutoCAD Mechanical courses are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using AutoCAD Mechanical.
  • If you don’t have access to AutoCAD Mechanical software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.


“Geoff was a great trainer and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone else requiring Autodesk training.”

Richard C

“The trainer was very helpful in showing me how to use AutoCAD Mechanical in my day to day work. He was very engaging and very passionate about his work, which is very nice to see. I would highly recommend him for other courses within our company.”

Samantha H