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

What's an electrical drawing?

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

How to read electrical drawings

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Capacitors store potential energy; they are polarised or nonpolarised. The AutoCAD Electrical toolset enables you to diagram capacitors correctly.


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

See how customers use electrical drawing software


    Bottling made better

    This leading designer of bottling conveyer systems uses the AutoCAD Electrical toolset to keep customers on track.

  • Mammoth custom climate systems uses AutoCAD plus Inventor


    Custom climate systems

    Using the AutoCAD Electrical toolset plus Inventor, Mammoth creates customised climate-control products for large, institutional customers.

Specialised 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. 

  • 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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Electrical drawing resources

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