Course Title: Prepare structural steel design drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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

Teacher: Chris Sanos
School of Vocational Engineering
Ph: 9925 8342

Teacher: Nicholas Georgiou
School of Vocational Engineering
Ph: 9925 4949

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

Students will use the Planning and Time Management chart in the learning material to assist them through the course. The chart lists all your topics and their learning outcomes, and the activities and assessments to complete. Following this chart is the best way to monitor your progress and ensure you meet all deadlines.

This course runs for an 9 week duration (approximately 4 hours per week) consisting of both; in-class time and out of hours study. Students are expected to complete the project assessment either during scheduled class time or in their own time.

Students will submit their assessment projects and activities as indicated in the Learning Guide and feedback on activities and assessments will be provided during and after submission.

All work must be presented as specified by your teacher and as per the instructions in the learning guide. Students are required to be professional in both presentation and attitude, including meeting of deadlines. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Students must ensure they have read the plagiarism statement in the Course Outlines online.

A schedule of assessments can be found below and in the learning guides.

Teaching Schedule

Week Topics Delivered   Element / Performance Criteria     
1 • Understanding and reading specifications
• Steel column layouts and members
• Member schedule
• Bolting
• Welding
• Protective coating

1.1, 1.2, 1.3
6.1, 6.2
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5

2 • Steel roof construction and drafting. Members and loads theory 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
3 • Column, beam construction, elevations and sections
• Drafting a sectional view of an engineering structure
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
4 • Using product catalogues to research members and building components
• Drafting Elevations
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
5 • Drafting Elevations continued 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
6 • Design details and how to draft
• Steel connections

2.1, 2.2
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5

7 • Welding methods and symbols 5.1, 5.2
8 • Bracing and further design details
• Consider other design and drafting disciplines
2.1, 2.2
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
5.1, 5.2
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
8.1, 8.2, 8.3
9 • Competency Test 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
5.1, 5.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. AS/NZS 1100.101 - Drawing Standards
2. AS/NZS 1100.501 - Technical Drawing - Sturctural Engineering Drawing
3. AS 4100 - Steel Structures Code
4. HB 2.2 Australian Standards for Civil Engineering Students Part 2: Structural Engineering
5. AS/NZS 1170.0 Structural Design Actions Part 0: General Principles
6. Onesteel- Technical Information Cross Sectional Areas of Reinforcement
7. Gladfelter, Donnie AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014: No Experience Required
8. Onstott, Scott AutoCAD 2014 Essentials
9. AS1100.101- 1992 Australian Standard Technical Drawing

These resources are either available for free online through the RMIT Library or will be provided by the teacher during class. Students are not required to purchase these texts.

Other Resources

  • Students can obtain the latest, free educational version of Autocad from the Autodeask website for out of class work.
  • Web Links
  • In class videos

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

All assessment tasks are drawing based assessments to be completed on the CAD program taught in class. Each assessment gradually steps up in degrees of difficulty as the student develops and gains greater experience with the program and Engineering concepts. Below is a Marking Guideline to assist students understand the grading system and what it takes to achieve a higher grade and improve their performance. A Marking guideline matrix appears in the learning guide for this course.

Students must achieve a result of >50% combined for the assessment tasks and >50% for the competency test to pass this course.

If a re-submission is granted, or an alternative assessment offered and a pass grade achieved, then students will not be eligible for a grade higher than 50% regardless of the standard of work.

Assessment 1- Column set out plan (10%)
Students must draw a column set out plan of a portal frame

Assessment 1- Roof framing plan (20%)
Students must draw a roof framing plan of a portal frame

Assessment 2- Elevations, section and typical notation (30%)
Students must draw 4 elevations and a detailed section of a portal frame

Assessment 3 - Portal frame design details (20%)
Students must draw multiple design details of a portal frame

Assessment 4- Competency Test (20%)
Students must sit a competency test of a wall details.

Assessment Matrix

       EDC080B Elements & Performance Criteria

 1.1  1.2  1.3  2.1  2.1  3.1  4.1 4.2  4.3   4.4  4.5  5.1  5.2 6.1   6.2 7.1   7.2 7.3   7.4  7.5
Assessment 1  x  x  x      x                x  x  x  x  x  x
Assessment 2  x  x  x      x                            
Assessment 3        x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x      x  x  x  x
Assessment 4  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x              

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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