Electronics Drafting Using CAD

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 110

       Course Name: Electronics Drafting Using CAD

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Project-based course covering elementary principles of drafting as applied to electronics systems, using AutoCAD. Content includes block diagrams, schematics and printed circuit boards. Prior computer experience not essential.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn to:

  1. Create electrical/electronic drawings using CAD
  2. List and recognize various standard electronic schematic symbols
  3. Identify and interpret circuit schematic drawings
  4. Demonstrate how to use CAD to create schematic circuit drawings
  5. Convert a schematic diagram into a ready-to-use printed circuit board

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Computer Aided Design
    1. What is AutoCAD?
    2. The computer environment
    3. AutoCAD housekeeping
    4. Introduction to basic commands
  2. The Electrical Schematic
    1. Hand sketches
    2. Using the template
    3. Drafting standards
    4. Introduction to intermediate commands
  3. Printed Circuit Boards
    1. Printed circuit board types
    2. Power supply board
    3. Component polarity and orientation
    4. PCB layout
    5. Pads, traces, lines, text, targets
  4. Board Design
    1. PCB-2 design criteria and specifications
    2. IC-Pads
  5. Main Assembly Drawing and Front Panel
    1. Dimensioning
    2. Tolerances
  6. Using the Printer and Plotter

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will include lecture, demonstrations, and hands on labs to create drawings pertinent to the course.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The course requires participation in the lecture and completion of all of the assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Handouts and URL addresses will be provided by the instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The course will include lecture and lab.  The lab will mainly include drawings that are pertinent to the course.  The material will reinforce the lecture from a practical view point.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.