- Software Taught within Courses
- NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE LAB!
- You should work
in the lab to practice the software or concepts taught in
lecture. SAC ACC lab is available on a drop-in basis for
general study. A225 is open when classes are in session.
- Priority is given to students during
their assigned class hours. See scheduled
instructors to determine open lab times.
- Upon entering the ACC lab to do work, YOU MUST SCAN IN OR 'KEY
IN' your student ID. This is necessary to show that the
lab is important and is being utilized by the students!
The Scan-in device is located at the entry reception desk. If
you have problems, check with the lab supervisor.
- Internet access in the lab is for conducting work related to
your engineering classes. Any other use is considered
inappropriate. If you are using the internet in an
inappropriate way you will be requested to discontinue this
use. If you persist, you will be asked to leave the
lab. If you do not leave we will be obligated to request
administrative or security personnel involvement.
- Priority is given to student practicing engineering software
or conducting work related to SAC engineering classes at
workstations with engineering courses software. If you are
using the internet and the workstation is needed for student
software practice, you may be asked to relinquish the
General Use of Computers...
- Turn on the PC
- The login window appears. For example, in A225, "A225"
appears as the username. The password is blank. Just
press ENTER, to login. There is no password.
- The "Windows" desktop appears. On the desktop are small
images with labels, called "icons".
- Double-click one of the icons (e.g., AutoCAD) to start the
program, or navigate to it from the Windows Start icon at low
- You may temporarily save files on the lab computer.
Use your OneDrive, or removable Storage Media you brought, or
email your work to yourself, or best of all, upload to your
Canvas Assignment link. After storing your work off of the lab
computer, we ask that you DELETE it and then empty the recycle
- Save your work often (at SAC & at your own
location)! It takes only a second or so to save your
file. Computers and programs can crash, and all of your
hard work will be lost!
- Stop at least 10 minutes before lab closes. Copy the file from
the temporary directory over to your remote storage (e.g., thumb
drive, OneDrive, email). Double-check that the file copied
over to your remote storage media!
- Remember to Delete your files and empty the Recycle Bin (right
click and select empty). This prevents other students from
cheating and copying your work.
- Do NOT leave any files on the lab
computers. They will NOT be there when you
return. They are set to wipe out any non-system or
non-program files upon each restart.
- Select the correct AutoCAD Icon.
- Workstations may include software not being used for your
class. Most of our AutoCAD classes, including 183, 184, 186, use
only the basic AutoCAD, and NOT the trade specific versions.
It's fine to explore other versions of software, but it is
important to use time wisely. We offer ENGR 110 to explore other
apps, as an Advanced CAD independent study of anywhere from .5
up to 4 units of credit.
- Note - left clicking the mouse typically selects.
Right-clicking the mouse produces a 'context menu' or completes
an AutoCAD command.
- Save your work! In the menu bar, select "File" (by
moving the cursor over the word and left-clicking) to get the
drop down list.
- Select "Save As"
- Under "Save In", navigate to a preferred location (e.g.,
C:/Run or your remote storage media)
- At the top of the SaveAs dialogue box, you'll see the default
save location. It won't be where you'd like to save, most
likely. It defaults to the location of the default drawing on
the CAD Lab computer's hard drive. Since as already mentioned
that would not be a good place to leave work, you'll want to use
the drop down list and find your remote disk or drive location.
You'll see that the C: drive is the CAD Lab computer's hard
drive. There are a few other drives listed such as the CD ROM
drive, a User drive for faculty, etc. If you are saving to DVD
ROM, be sure you've got a DV-R or CD-R in the drive before you
add & "burn" the file there. Flash drives, aka thumb drive,
or USB drive can break or be lost rather easily. Why risk it?
Save to OneDrive, or email your work to yourself instead.
- Under "File name", type a file name
- Under "Files of type", you may save your file as a prior
release drawing file (.dwg), or as a template file (.dwt).
- Ask the lab assistant for help if you need it!
Other CAD app
- Select the correct app Icon, and continue with similar steps
to the AutoCAD Instructions, saving to the file format
appropriate for the app you are using.
- Remember: Do NOT leave any files on
the lab computers. They will NOT be there
when you return. They are set to wipe out any non-system
or non-program files upon each restart.
of Conduct for the Computer Lab
- All students must read and comply with the policies described
on the "Standards of Conduct for Computer Classrooms and
Computer Labs" sheet.
- A copy of this policy is shown below (click the image)
Format Printers & 3D Printers
Format and 3D Printers are expensive. You must have the
assistance of an instructor or lab assistant to use them.
The User Manual for the UPrint 3D printer answers questions you
may have about using it.
3D printer User Manual
- Trained lab assistants are in the lab at all times.
- Their job is to supervise the lab,
assist students, and ensure that division policies are being
- They are well trained in the use of most
software we use and can provide help where needed
- But, lab assistants are not instructors and are not
expected to provide instruction.
- If you are experiencing difficulties in
learning, check with your instructor.