SOFTWARE AND RESOURCES

ELECTRICAL DRAWING

Discover specialized toolsets for creating electrical drawings with AutoCAD professional design and drafting software.

What is an electrical drawing?

Electrical drawings are technical documents that depict and notate designs for electrical systems. Workers use these documents to install systems on-site. In electrical drawings, every type of component and connection has its own specialized symbol—and every detail matters.

How to read electrical drawings

Learn the symbols used to notate components in an electrical drawing.

  • LIGHTS

    Use AutoCAD tools to diagram lighting sources, from klieg lights to sconces.

  • SWITCHES

    From single-pole to multiple-pole, AutoCAD can help you diagram electrical circuits.

  • FUSES

    Fuses limit the flow of current to prevent damage to other components. With AutoCAD, fuses are easier to design and diagram.

  • GROUND

    Electrical circuits must connect to the ground to maintain safety. Learn the correct ways to diagram electrical grounds with AutoCAD.

  • WIRES

    Wires connect components, and AutoCAD gives you the design power to specify what you need.

  • RESISTORS

    AutoCAD gives you the design tools to diagram resistors, which reduce current flow, adjust signal levels, divide voltages, and more.

  • CAPACITORS

    Capacitors store potential energy; they're polarized or nonpolarized. The AutoCAD Electrical toolset enables you to diagram capacitors correctly.

  • POWER SOURCES

    From DC to AC currents and batteries, there are many ways to power what you make. AutoCAD makes the planning and design process easy.

Specialized electrical drawing software

Subscribe to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT and efficiently create electrical drawings. AutoCAD subscriptions include the AutoCAD Electrical toolset, made especially for electrical design. Enjoy cross-platform workflows with AutoCAD web and mobile apps.

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Get started with AutoCAD tutorials and webinars

  • Design environment tutorial

    Learn the basics of the AutoCAD interface and how to open essential tools. (3:16 min.)

  • Electrical drawing webinars

    From basic schematic design to advanced file management, these webinars can get you up to speed.

  • AutoCAD tutorials

    Get step-by-step instructions on circuit and wiring design, report generation, and a host of topics related to electrical drawings.

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See how customers are using electrical drawing software

  • MARTZ TECHNOLOGIES

    Making the switch from AutoCAD LT to AutoCAD

    Martz Technologies switched from AutoCAD LT to AutoCAD (with the Electrical toolset) and saw greater efficiency with the additional features.

  • MARTIN CSI

    AutoCAD makes ice cream sandwich machine a reality

    Martin CSI relies on AutoCAD Electrical toolset for industrial manufacturing projects—including an ice cream sandwich filler machine.

  • CAN LINES ENGINEERING

    Streamlining conveyor systems

    CLE streamlines its manufacturing processes to deliver consumer products onto store shelves.

Electrical drawing resources

Explore the possibilities of AutoCAD with these learning sessions, tips, and workflows.

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