Course Title: Prepare structural steel design drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5663

Course Title: Prepare structural steel design drawings

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Tony Skinner
Contact Phone: 9925 4444

Teacher- Chris Sanos
Contact Phone: 9925 8342

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX060 – Prepare basic mechanical and civil engineering drawings to AS 1100
MEM30001A - Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to produce design drawings for steel structures. These drawings would be used for tendering purposes or to produce shop drawings for fabrication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC080B Prepare structural steel design drawings


1. Read, interpret and extract relevant information from the structural steel project specifications.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Project specifications are correctly interpreted to determine the requirements for the structural steel with respect to materials, workmanship, welding, corrosion control and bolting.
1.2 Relevant information is extracted from the specification and applied to the design drawings.
1.3 The compliance standards applicable to the project and cited in the specification are understood and applied to the design drawings.


2. Interpret and apply relevant codes.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 AS 4100 is interpreted accurately to determine correct bolt hole edge distances, fabrication tolerances and erection procedures.
2.2 ASI standards are interpreted accurately and correctly with respect to structural steel connections.


3. Draw structural steel line

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Structural steel line diagrams are drawn in plan, section and diagrams elevation.


4. Produce design drawings of various structural components in accordance with the design specifications.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Relevant data is extracted from relevant standards.
4.2 Design drawings of various structural steel components are prepared in accordance with the design specifications and to AS 1100.501.
4.4 Line diagrams, plans and elevations, details and sections are correctly labelled using an appropriate member marking system.
4.5 Member schedules are included and are complete and with correct designations.


5. Apply knowledge of weld types and requirements for field and site welds.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The terminology for various types and elements of welds can be correctly used.
5.2 Welding specifications are correctly applied to welded connection design features.


6. Specify appropriate protective coatings

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The method for selecting and specifying protective coating is understood and applied as required.
6.2 The appropriate protective coating is selected and specified on the drawing.


7. Detail bolted connections.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The differences between commercial and high strength bolts is understood and applied as required.
7.2 The tightening procedures for both commercial and high strength bolts is understood and used to inform drafting decisions.
7.3 Bolting procedure designation is correctly applied to structural design drawings.
7.4 Bolted connections are correctly detailed.
7.5 The Bolt schedule is included and is complete.


8. Consider other design and drafting disciplines involved in a structural design project.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The types of design and drafting activities that make up a major structural design project is understood and used to inform personal work practices.
8.2 The interaction required between disciplines to ensure that all aspects of the project are considered prior to commencing detailed drafting is understood and used to inform personal work practices.
8.3 Drawings from other major disciplines involved in a major design project which need to be interpreted in order to avoid unnecessary construction clashes is understood and used to inform personal work practices.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed:

Teacher led face to face and one on one instruction using overheads and notes covering the concepts of preparing concrete engineering drawings to the appropriate standards. This will cover each element in the designated areas of underpinning knowledge and include:

  • Interpretation and use of Industry Steel Sections Handbooks in the identification of steel members and
    derivation of dimensions. 
  • Application of relevant data from AS 4100: SAA Steel Structures Code, AISC Standardised Structural
    Steel Connections Handbook (Basic parameters, geometrical details, standard connections). 
  • Correct drawing of structural steel line diagrams. 
  • Extraction of appropriate data from basic design information to correctly draw, label and dimension
    structural steel connections in accordance with AS 1100.501. 
  • Extraction of information from steel manufacturers’ catalogues (eg One Steel hot rolled sections catalogue) 
  • Correct application of the Australian Standard AS 1100.501:-Technical drawing -Structural engineering
    drawing to structural steel design drawings
              - Plans, elevations, sections 
              - Marking plans, purlin & holding-down bolt layouts 
              - Line types, thickness & text sizes
              - Orientations, grid lines & scales 
              - Conventions for cross referencing 
              - Views, sections, details.

 Simulated Workplace activities:

In a computer lab using Computer Aided Drafting software, students will prepare structural engineering drawings of the following;

  • Portal Frame structure showing plans, elevations, sections
  • Connection details
  • Bracing details

 Student Self Directed:

Students will use designated resources, the internet and self arranged site visits to help understand the syllabus and all forms of steel construction. Through all means they will develop their required skills and an understanding of the following:

  • Structural project organisation including the various organisations involved, their relationship to each other,
    the processes carried out by each and the order of work and flow of information.
  • The various types of structural steel design and detail drawings and where they fit into the overall
    construction design, tender and build process.
  • Specification of appropriate protective coatings.
  • Relevant standards and their purpose in structural steel design and drafting.
  • Abbreviation and designation of steel elements.

Teaching Schedule

1Column set-out plan
 2Roof Framing plan
 4 Elevations
 5 Connection details
 6 Bracing details
 7 Working with other disiplines on an engineering project
8 Final hand in

 See also Assessment matrix for further information on assessment tasks and expectations.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


AS1100.101- Technical Drawing - General Principles  

AS1100.501- Technical Drawing - Structural Engineering Drawing

HB 2.2 Australian Standards for Civil Engineering students Part 2: Structural Engineering

Australian Steel Detailers Handbook. Publisher: Australian Institute of Steel Construction

AS4100- Steel Structures

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

See Assessment Matrix below

Assessment Matrix

WeekAssessment% of AssessmentDue DateElement of Competency

 Column set-out plan
 10%End of Week 1 1-4
 2  Roof framing plan 20% End of Week 2
 3  Building section 20%End of Week 3 1-5
 4 Elevations 20%End of Week 4
 5 Connection details 10%End of Week 5
 6Bracing details 10%End of Week 6
 7Disciplines involved in an engineering project 10%End of Week 7
8Assignment completion End of Week 8 

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