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July 5, 2009

Quiz #1 – AutoCAD Electrical

Filed under: Tutorials — nateholt @ 11:26 am

(note: first appeared in Feb 2008 posting on the old blog)

Are you AutoCAD Electrical proficient? Try this quiz. It might be fun. This evolved from an impromptu training session that I was involved in a couple days ago. Our first session dealt with library symbol basics and the twenty questions cover some aspects of what we talked about.

When finished, you can turn it in (email to and we’ll grade and maybe post results a bit later.

Q1.  True/False – AutoCAD Electrical uses AutoCAD “custom objects” for schematic components, wire numbers, and physical panel layout representations. _________

Q2. What is the absolute minimum needed for a generic AutoCAD block insert to be recognized as a “parent” schematic component symbol? ___________________________________
Q3. True/False – AutoCAD Electrical requires that schematic component symbols always be constructed with pre-defined widths so that wires can “know” where and how to connect. ____________
Q4. What two attribute names on a component symbol are used to carry and report catalog part number and manufacturer assignments? ________ and _________
q01Q5.  Does this push-button component symbol show a “Normally open” or “Normally closed” electrical contact? ________________________
Q6.  If there was 240 volts of electrical potential on one side of the push-button contact and you accidentally grabbed a bare wire on the other side of that push-button contact, would you prefer the push-button’s contact type to be “Normally open” or “Normally closed”? ________________________
Q7. What is the most likely block name for the symbol shown in Q5? _________________
Q8. What is the most likely attribute name for the left-hand wire connection on the Q5 symbol? _________.
Q9. If the Q5 symbol carries attributes for both a terminal “pin” number and pin number description text, what would the most likely attribute names be for the right-hand side wire connection attributes? Wire connection attribute name: ___________, Pin attribute name: _____________, Pin description attribute name ______________.
q01aQ10.  What is the most likely block name for this parent push-button symbol shown at the left, inserted into a wire? ___________

Q11. If AutoCAD electrical could not find the symbol shown in Q10, what symbol name would it try to find and insert? ______________. If found, what are two things would AutoCAD Electrical do to the symbol as it inserts? 

A. ____________________________________

B. ____________________________________

q01bQ12. Each circle on this “transformer” component symbol needs to allow a wire to automatically connect from either of two different directions. The upper left-hand circle has two red wires shown. If the “H1” terminal pin is attribute “TERM01” and both wire connections on this circle need to relate to this single terminal pin attribute, what two wire connection attribute names must be used on the edge of this circle? 

Upper edge: __________________

Left-hand edge ______________________.

 q01cQ13. A parent selector switch is shown above left. It is tied to a child contact through a dash link line. A. What are the first five characters of the parent selector switch’s block name? ____________. B. How about the first five characters of the child selector switch contact’s block name? ____________.
Q14. What attribute name does the upper end of the dash link line “connect” to on the parent selector switch symbol? _______________.
Q15. What attribute name does the lower-right hand end of the dash link line connect to on the child contact symbol? _________________.
q01dQ16. Two terminal symbols are shown inserted into a wire and wire numbers applied. The third character of the round terminal symbol’s block name has to be what?   ___
Q17. A co-worker says that two wire connections on his 8-connection custom schematic symbol act strangely. Whatever wire number connects to one of the connections is repeated on the other connection. All the other six wire connections work fine. What is probably wrong? ____________________________________________________________________
Q18. Another reports that his custom schematic symbol will not break wire numbers on any of its connections. What single question do you ask the customer to have him view you as a total genius?  “Is the _________________ character of your symbol’s block name a ____?
Q19. You created a special pair of normally open and normally closed contact symbols. They work fine with AutoCAD Electrical in every way except for the “Toggle NO/NC” command. With this command, there is no response. What is likely wrong? ______________________.
q01eQ20. A client created a special, vertical version of a pushbutton symbol shown here. Everything works fine except that whenever he tries to wire up the bottom wire connection, the wire won’t connect as expected. It ends up horizontal as shown. What is wrong? ___________________________

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