SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Learn how to create PLCs, drawings & reports

Training Course Contents

The goal of this course is to teach you how to use SOLIDWORKS Electrical to optimize your drawings and designs for manufacturability so you can maximize quality, avoid rework and decrease time to market. This course is focused on 2D Schematic Design.

Focusing on feature topics provides engineers with a clear understanding of the skills, tools, and concepts available which can then be applied to a range of industry design challenges while providing insight into how SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be employed to fit current in-house development practices.

Course Info at a glance

In-class 3 day course (6 hours/day)

Or Online 4 days (6 hours/day)

Intermediate/Advanced Level

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Take a look at some of the topics covered during the course

Requirements & Benefits


Electrical design experience

Experience with Windows OS

Features Targeted

Wires, Symbols, Components & PLCs

Automation & Macros

Design Checks & Reports

Skills you will acquire

Able to create Electrical diagrams

Able to route Wires & Cables

Able to create PLCs & Cabinets

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: Project Templates

  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical
  • Stages in the Process
  • Starting SOLIDWORKS Electrical
    • The User Interface
  • What are Projects?
  • Project Templates
  • Project Configurations
    • General
    • Graphic
    • Symbol
    • Font
    • Mark
    • Title Blocks
    • Libraries and Palettes
  • How is a Project Structured?
    • Book
    • Folders
    • Drawings
  • Stages in the Process
    • Project Storage
    • Formula Managers
    • Title Blocks
  • Exercise 1: Creating a Template

Lesson 2: Modifying Project Templates

  • What are Environments?
  • Stages in the Process
  • Draw Multiple Wires
    • Style Selection
    • Wire Style Selection
    • Project Macros
    • Environment Data Selection
  • Exercise 2: Modifying a Template

Lesson 3: Drawing Types

  • What are Drawing Types?
    • Drawings
    • Scheme
    • Creating Drawings
  • Stages in the Process
  • Existing and Archived Projects
    • Opening an Existing Project
    • Unarchiving a Project
    • Closing Projects
  • Line Diagram Symbols
    • Adding Symbols
    • Symbols Library
    • Symbol Orientation
  • Adding Cables
    • Schematic Drawing
    • Scheme Best Practices
  • Stages in the Process
  • Symbols Panel
  • Schematic Symbols
  • Symbol Properties
    • Types of Properties
  • Exercise 3: Drawing Types

Lesson 4: Symbols and Components

  • What is a component?
    • Component Identification
    • Component Symbol Identification
  • Stages in the Process
  • Symbol Component Association
  • Exercise 4: Symbols and Components

Lesson 5: Manufacturers Parts

  • What are Manufacturers Parts?
    • Circuits and Terminals
    • Circuit Association
  • Stages in the Process
    • Finding Manufacturer Parts
    • Search Options
    • Editing Parts
    • Circuit Symbols
    • Circuit Association
  • Exercise 5: Manufacturers Parts

Lesson 6: Wires and Equipotentials

  • Equipotentials and Wires
    • Wire Styles
  • Stages in the Process
  • Wire Style Manager
    • Numbering Group
  • Replacing Wires
    • Replacement Range
  • Equipotential Numbering Results
  • Wire Numbering Results
  • Using Nodal Indicators
  • Exercise 6: Wires and Equipotentials

Lesson 7: Cabling

  • What is Cabling?
    • Changes in the Wiring Diagram
  • Stages in the Process
  • Cables
  • Detailed Cabling
  • Terminal Strip
  • Pin to Pin Connections
    • Wires
    • Terminals
    • Creating a New Cable
    • Adding Terminals to the Strip
    • Terminals Editor
  • Copy and Paste
  • Exercise 7: Cabling

Lesson 8: Symbol Creation

  • Symbols and Standards
    • Symbol Creation
  • Stages in the Process
  • Symbols Manager
  • Symbol Properties
    • Circuits, Terminals, Types
    • Circuit Transmission
  • Connection Point Insertion
  • Multiple Attribute
  • Splitting Attribute Data
  • Add to Library
  • Copy, Paste Symbol
  • Exercise 8: Symbol Creation

Lesson 9: Macros

  • What are Macros?
  • Stages in the Process
  • Creating and Adding Macros
    • Creating a New Group
    • Project Macros
    • Paste Special
  • Exercise 9: Macros

Lesson 10: Cross Referencing

  • What is Cross Referencing?
    • Cross Reference List
    • Cross Reference State Colors
    • Cross Reference Text Coding
    • Cross Reference Types
    • Same Level Cross Referencing
    • Cross Reference Location Listing
  • Stages in the Process
  • Exercise 10: Cross Referencing

Lesson 11: Managing Origin-Destination Arrows

  • What are Origin-Destination Arrows?
  • Stages in the Process
  • Origin-Destination Arrows
    • Interpreting the Arrow Text
  • Exercise 11: Origin-Destination Arrows

Lesson 12: Dynamic Programmable Logic Control

  • What is a PLC?
    • Dynamic Insertion
  • Stages in the Process
  • Adding a New Scheme
  • Adding a PLC Mark
  • Inserting a PLC
    • PLC Configuration
    • PLC Configuration Options
    • Editing Wires
  • Editing a PLC
  • Exercise 12: Adding a PLC

Lesson 13: Automated Programmable Logic Control

  • How are PLCs Automated?
  • Stages in the Process
  • PLC Mark, Part
    • Manufacturer Data
  • IO Manager
  • Exercise 13: Automated Programmable Logic Control

Lesson 14: Connectors

  • Connectors
  • Stages in the Process
  • Insert Connector
  • Connector Insertion
  • Exercise 14: Connectors

Lesson 15: 2D Cabinet Layouts

  • What are 2D Cabinet Layouts?
  • Stages in the Process
    • Creating a 2D Layout
    • Inserting Ducts and Rails
    • Inserting Components
    • Wire Cabling Order
    • Optimize Wire Cabling Order
  • Exercise 15: 2D Cabinet Layouts

Lesson 16: Design Rule Checks

  • What are Design Rule Checks?
  • Stages in the Process
  • Unconnected Pins
  • Equipotential Conflicts
  • Max Terminal Wires
  • Duplicated Parent Symbols
  • Child Symbols without Parent
  • Empty Terminal Strip
  • Duplicated Terminals
  • Exercise 16: Design Rule Checks

Lesson 17: Reports

  • What are Reports?
    • Bill Of Materials Grouped by Manufacturer
    • List of Wires by Line Style
    • List of Cables Grouped by Reference
    • Drawings List
  • Stages in the Process
  • Report Templates
  • Report Columns
  • Column Formula
  • SQL Query Column Variable
  • Sort and Break
  • Exercise 17: Reports


"The instructor was very knowledgeable, experienced and patient. I learnt the basic and more advanced operations for creating schematics with SOLIDWORKS"

— Henry Xu, GE Water

"The book and in-class examples were very practical. The instructor stayed on time and track. The training will help us to create our drawings, panels and reports."

— Patrick Windebank, Span Tech / HTech

"The instructor was a very helpful and caring person, improved our skills and answered all our questions. SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software will improve our designs and help our daily work."

— Bishory Basta, Castool Tooling Systems

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

Choose a SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic class from the list below

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    Monday, 19th August, 20244 Days (6 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
    Monday, 16th September, 20244 Days (6 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
    Monday, 21st October, 20244 Days (6 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
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