Course Title: Prepare basic mechanical and structural engineering drawings to AS 1100

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5655

Course Title: Prepare basic mechanical and structural engineering drawings to AS 1100

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

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare basic mechanical and structural engineering drawings to the current Australian Drawing Standard, AS 1100.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX060B Prepare basic mechanical and structural engineering drawings to AS 1100


1. Interpret drawings produced using first angle and third angle orthogonal projection methods.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Information is extracted from the drawing.
1.2 The item specified by the drawing can be described.
1.3 A simple model of the item specified by the drawing can be made.


2. Produce drawings of simple mechanical engineering components to AS 1100

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Top, front and side views are produced using third angle orthogonal projection.
2.2 Geometric construction methods are used as needed to create elements of a view.
2.3 Dimensions are drawn in accordance with AS 1100.
2.4 Linetypes and weights for the various elements of the drawing are in accordance with AS 1100.
2.5 Views are positioned aesthetically on the drawing sheet.
2.6 The title block and notes are completed in accordance with AS 1100.


3. Produce three dimensional views of simple mechanical engineering components

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Three dimensional views are produced of simple engineering components.
3.2 Dimensions are drawn on three dimensional views in accordance with AS 1100.


4. Draw sectional views to AS 1100 of simple mechanical engineering components

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Sectional views are drawn of components incorporating correct use of conventions.
4.2 Fasteners, shafts and webs are depicted in sectional views in accordance with As 1100.
4.3 The cutting plane of each sectional view is depicted in accordance with AS 1100.
4.4 Hatching is applied to the sectional views to depict specific material types.
4.5 AS 1100 is followed in respect of hidden detail in sectional views


5. Use Steel Sections Handbooks in the identification of steel members and derivation of dimensions.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The various steel members used in structural steel construction are identified.
5.2 The relevant dimensions are extracted from the appropriate Steel Section Handbook.


6. Extract appropriate data from basic design information to draw, label and dimension structural steel connections

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Relevant information is extracted from relevant standards.
6.2 Drawings are prepared of required connections using appropriate symbols, terminology, linework and lettering
6.3 Drawings are labelled and dimensioned.


7. Detail simple beams and columns

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Design drawing is interpreted and relevant dimensions determined.
7.2 Detail drawings of simple members are completed to AS 1100.501.
7.3 Relevant information for bolted type joints, such as bolt gauge and pitch distances can be determined.
7.4 Use of appropriate weld symbols can be used in the preparation of joint details.

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 structural engineering drawings to AS 1100. This will cover each element in designated areas of underpinning knowledge and include:
o Interpreting orthographic projection
o Basic views, (plans, elevations)
o Sectional views (projection)
o Methods of geometric construction
o Isometrics and perspectives
o Drawing layouts
o Interpreting the Steel Sections Handbooks
o Identifying steel sections
o Collecting and analysing data
o Methods of detailing and dimensioning steel members and connections
o Steel connection design

Simulated Workplace Activities:
In a computer lab using Computer Aided Drafting software, and appropriate standard symbols and terminology to AS 1100 the student will prepare two and three dimensional drawings of structural engineering parts based on industry standards and include:
o Preparing marking plans
o Designing steel connections
o Sketching steel connections
o Prepare and fully detail steel connection drawings
The student will prepare a selection of the following drawings to AS 1100, AS 4100 and industry standards:
o Steel Frame and marking plan
o Beam/column connections
o Column base plate details
o Portal frame knee connection
o Portal frame ridge connection
o Portal frame base connection

Student Self Directed
• Using the Internet students will research AS 1100 series of standards from Standards Online to obtain an
 understanding of engineering principles, conventions and drawing practices required for preparing structural engineering drawings.
Students will be encouraged to view and analyse a variety of real-life projects (structural engineering drawings) to increase their understanding of the standard expected in a structural engineering drawing office.

Teaching Schedule

Refer to Matrix in the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Ayers, David. Introduction to MicroStation V8. 2005
MicroStation 2D in Practice – V8.1 & beyond. (2004) by Kate Scaife. Pen & Brush Publishers.

AS 1100.401 Technical Drawing – General Principles
AS 1100.501 Technical Drawing – Structural Engineering Drawing.
AS 4100 Steel Structures
Engineering Drawing (6th ed) 2002, A.W. Boundy.
SAA/SNZ HB1:1994 - Technical Drawing for Students
General Drafting Standards – School of Infrastructure, Electrotechnology, & Building Services available from the web site for CAD drafting.
Web Resource: (Steel Sections Handbook)

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

    Refer to matrix below

Assessment Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final AssessmentSubmission Time
1Complete selected mechanical/structural drawing 10% Week 4
2Complete selected mechanical/structural drawing 10% Week 7
3Complete selected mechanical/structural drawing 20% Week 9
4Complete selected structural drawing 20% Week 12
5Complete selected structural drawing 10% Week 17
6 & 7Complete selected structural drawing 30% Final Week

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge
Skill in freehand sketching techniques if relevant.
Skill in the use of manual drafting equipment if relevant.
Computing and CAD skills if relevant.
The principles and application of orthogonal third angle and first angle projection.
The principles and application of isometric and oblique projection methods.
Selection of views and details and aesthetic and logical layout on the drawing sheet.
The correct interpretation of AS 1100 to:- Standard sheet sizes
Title block information
Notes and revisions
Standard views
Line types and thicknesses
Dimensioning elements
Dimensioning principles
Sectioned views
Interpretation of structural steel drafting codes for:-
Member sizes
Extraction of information
- Centroid lines
- Gauge lines
- Edge distances
- Bolt pitches
- Hole sizes
- Standardised steel connections
Detailing of simple mechanical and structural components

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