Course Title: Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: MIET6093C

Course Title: Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering 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

Chris Sanos - CAD teacher School of Engineering (TAFE)

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a standard CAD software package, using basic features, in order to prepare simple engineering drawings to AS 1100.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30001A Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings


1. Prepare the CAD environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 All relevant manuals, instructions and operating procedures for the CAD software are obtained in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.2 The CAD package is booted up in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.3 Screen display areas and basic parameters are set in accordance with instructions.


2. Produce a basic drawing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Basic CAD drawings are created and guidance is sought as required.
2.2 Drawings are prepared in accordance with AS 1100 or equivalent or in accordance with standard operating procedures.
2.3 As required, CAD drawings are reviewed with supervisor and/or other designated staff in accordance with company procedures.


3. Modify existing CAD drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existing CAD drawings are located and modified by adding, deleting or changing drawing elements within that drawing.


4. Produce output

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Drawing files are saved in the appropriate format in accordance with standard operating procedures.
4.2 Drawing files are printed out using plotter or equivalent devices.


5. Perform the appropriate exit and shutdown procedures

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Programs and computer are shut down in accordance with workplace procedures.

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 over heads, screen projection and notes covering the basic concepts of CAD drawing and the operation of CAD software. This will cover each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge and include:

Basic Operation of CAD Software

  • Opening up the CAD software
  • Creating an Autocad drawing template file within a drawing folder
  • Setting up dimension and text settings within a template file
  • Setting up basic layers
  • Creating a drawing file from a template file
  • Saving a drawing to a particular directory and folder
  • Drawing and placing elements
  • Placing text and dimensions on a drawing  
  • Modifying and deleting elements on the screen
  • Measuring and checking element properties
  • Manipulating elements
  • Understanding paper and model space and how to correctly plot an Autocad drawing
  • Plotting an Autocad drawing
  • Shutting down Autocad using correct procedures

Produce Basic Engineering Drawings to AS1100 and Industry Standards

In a computer lab using CAD software, adhering to AS1100 standards and conventions, prepare two dimensional drawings of simple engineering parts based on industry standards and expectations. Activities include drawing:

  • Basic shapes
  • Title Blocks at A2, A3 and A4 size
  • A Steel Flange
  • North points
  • Section and Detail Marks
  • Steel Sections of Structural beams
  • A Brass Block
  • A test on a simple engineering bracket

Student Self Direction

Using the internet students will research AS1100 from Standards Online to obtain and understanding of engineering principles, conventions and drawing practices. Students are encouraged to view and analyse a variety of real-life projects and associated drawings to increase their understanding of the standards expected in an engineering office.

Teaching Schedule


Basic CAD AssessmentDue Date
1 * Intro to AutoCADN/A

* Setting up
* Title Blocks (A3, A4, A2)

End of week 2
 3 * Steel Flange  End of week 3
 4* Steel Sections
* Section Marks and
North Points
 End of Week 4
 5 • Brass Block(orthographic and Isometric) End of Week 6
 7 • Test (CL Bracket) Week 7
 8 Resubmissions 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Australian Standard Technical drawing
AS 1100.101—1992 Australian Standard Technical drawing 2. Websites: 2. 3. General Drafting Standards- School of Engineering (TAFE) available from the Learning Hub 4. SAA/SNZ HB1:1994- Technical Drawing for Students

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

1. Title Blocks (A3, A4, A2) - (20%)
2. Steel Flange - (20%)
3. Steel Sections - (10%)
4. Section Marks and North Points - (10%)
5. Brass Block(orthographic and Isometric) - (20%)
6. Test (CL Bracket) - (20%)

Assessment Matrix

Element Covered AssessmentMarkSubmission
1 to 9 Classroom Assignments80%Throughout Semester
1 to 9Competency Test 20% Week 7

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge

Use of a computer with a standard operating system.
Opening, closing and saving drawings, setting up new drawings, use of template drawings.
Basic system variables that may need to be set.
Setting up the drafting parameters
Line types to AS 1100
Line thickness to AS 1100
Line colour
Organisation of different drawing elements
The coordinate system
Ways of using the command system:-
Drop-down menus
Entering commands from the keyboard
Use of the basic commands to produce shapes.
     • Setting dimensioning parameters.
     • Setting up new dimension styles.
     • Adding dimensions to the drawing.
     • Toleranced dimensions
     • Adding geometry tolerances
     • Adding symbols
     • Adding extra text to dimensions
Adding text and controlling the text style.
Editing the drawing.
Efficient drafting practices
Minimisation of repetitious work
Customisation of toolbars
Short-cut keys
Customisation of template drawing files and saving in relevant directory.
Setting plotting parameters and plotting the drawings.

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