AutoCAD is undeniably one of the most basic and necessary skills for any engineer to have. From being able to set up planset sheets and title blocks to creating full-scale 3D models for an entire project, the only limitations to the versatility of this program are based on your own level of creativity.
As we progress through the engineering program however, we tend to use AutoCAD less and less in our classes, with many opting for students to simply do all work on engineering paper. This can make future employment and internships quite daunting, as any engineer worth his or her salt will tell you that AutoCAD is a necessary skill and most companies want their interns/employees to at least have a general understanding of the basics of the program and know how to maneuver about the UI from day one.
If you are concerned about this, and are wondering how experienced you should be with AutoCAD, we are providing two resources below. The first is a video posted to YouTube, which has the fastest overview of the different components of the program. Though the voice can be somewhat difficult to understand at some points, turning on the closed captions ("CC" button at bottom of the video) will allow you to follow along even if you cannot listen to the video or your computer doesn't have sound.
The other resource is a PDF guide published and released on google from the Virginia State University (VSU). This guide is a 54 page overview of the program, with the majority of the information being extremely simple to understand and usable as either a refresher or as a complete stand-along learning guide for the basics.
AutoCAD Video Tutorial
PDF Guide by VSU