UEECD0031 - Prepare engineering drawings using manual drafting and CAD for electrotechnology applications

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Unit code: UEECD0031 | Study level: TAFE
UEECD0007 - Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEECS0033 - Use engineering applications software on personal computers
UEECD0019 - Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEECD0051 - Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to prepare engineering drawings using manual drafting and computer-aided design (CAD) for electrotechnology/utilities applications.It includes planning and producing electrotechnology/utilities engineering drawings. It also includes completing, reporting electrotechnology/utilities engineering drawings as well as using manual drafting methods, CAD equipment and software from specifications, layouts, sketches or verbal instructions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work-based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

  • applying modifications to original drawings and resubmitting for approval
  • applying relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, including implementing risk control measures
  • checking drawings for accuracy and compliance with job specifications
  • completing and reporting electrotechnology/utilities engineering drawings
  • determining job specifications from designs, drawings and layouts
  • filing completed drawings
  • obtaining specifications from design information, customer requirements, sketches, preliminary layouts and/or field investigations
  • planning and producing electrotechnology/utilities engineering drawings
  • preparing and modifying preliminary electrotechnology/utilities drawings and diagrams using computer-aided design (CAD) equipment and software
  • responding to unplanned situations
  • submitting completed drawings
  • using CAD equipment and related computer commands
  • working with relevant person/s.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:

  • drawing fundamentals, including:
  • principles, purpose and classification of drawings
  • basic drawing terms and conventions
  • symbols, codes and abbreviations used in drafting drawings
  • tools and equipment used in drafting drawings
  • drawing forms; sheet size and format, metric, imperial and copy fold information
  • drawing routines, signatures, approvals, dates, numbers and numbering systems, design considerations/specifications, materials or component specifications, lists, titles, proprietary information, fasteners, representations, notes, charts and graphs, modifications and revision conventions
    fundamentals of drafting documentation, including contents, version control, indexing and product identification (e.g. logo, trademark and software warning plates)
  • delineation: line conventions and lettering, multi- and sectional view drawings, pictorial drawings, types and application of engineering drawings, conventional representations, microfilming, descriptive geometry and revolutions
  • measurements: types, forms, units, symbols, reading and transfer
  • sketching techniques (e.g. freehand lettering)
  • basic drafting skills (e.g. drafting by hand, working with triangles, and working with a T square)
  • basic drawing layout (e.g. borders and information blocks)
  • line types and weights
  • geometric construction principles
  • use of drawing instruments and equipment to produce basic technical drawings
  • drawings instruments and media usage
  • usage of reproducible drawings with mechanical pencils
  • lettering, including:
    principles, concepts and applications of lettering
    terms, conventions and codes related to lettering
    construction of vertical or inclined, single-stroke gothic lettering, numerals and fractions, including proper spacing and guidelines
    proper lettering instruments selection
    usage of lettering techniques for notes and titles on drawings
    text style, text composition, and text placement selection and application
  • sketching, including:
  • principals, practices and rules for sketching in relation to proportion, placement of the views, and drawing medium
  • concepts and applications of sketching
  • terms, conventions and codes related to sketching
  • sketches used in industry
  • usage of sketching aids for creative communication
  • sketching types and their applications
  • line techniques in sketching simple objects
  • estimation and proportion techniques usage
  • views selection for requisite applications
  • blocking technique for size, shape and details
  • surface shading techniques
  • geometric construction, including:
  • principles, concepts and applications of geometric construction
  • terms, conventions and shapes related to geometric construction
  • drawing techniques of lines, angles, circles, arcs, tangents and polygons
  • geometric construction to single-view and multi-view drawings
  • graphic geometric controls
  • intermediate CAD commands
  • plotting and printing equipment set-up and configuration
  • multi-view orthographic projections and Australian/New Zealand and industry standards, including:
  • principals of multi-view orthographic projections
  • terms, conventions and codes related to multi-view drawings
  • applications and use of orthographic projections/drawings (e.g. 3rd angle)
  • types and usage techniques of orthographic projection
  • sketching techniques related to orthographic views
  • rules for orthographic projection
  • working drawing problems and specifications
  • views visualisation and selection
  • 1st and 3rd angle projection drawings
  • lines, lettering, and drawing medium types
  • fractional, decimal, and metric equations solutions
  • concepts of units of measurement usage related to multi-view orthographic projections
  • sectional and/or auxiliary views uses, identification and analysis
  • rules for sections and auxiliary views
  • geometric figures visualisation and drawing in two dimensions
  • geometric figures classification and comparison
  • circle properties and relationships, and circle problem solving
  • drawing from a view of a model (e.g. orthographic projection)
  • auxiliary views, including:
  • principles, terms and conventions usage in auxiliary views
  • use and application of auxiliary views
  • primary auxiliary view construction
  • secondary auxiliary view construction
  • descriptive geometry/revolutions, including:
  • principles, terms and conventions usage in descriptive geometry/revolutions
  • graphic solutions of points, lines and planes
  • graphic solutions of intersections (e.g. lines, planes and solids)
  • true length of lines, bearing and slope of lines
  • graphic solutions of solids
  • drawings construction using the revolution method
  • sectional views/conventions, including:
    principles, terms, symbols and conventions of sectional views
    use and application of sectional views
    drawing standard sectional views
    use of conventional breaks
    symbols used to represent different materials
    use of cutting plans
  • pictorial drawings introduction and production to Australian/New Zealand and industry standards, including:
  • principals, concepts and applications of pictorial drawings
  • terms, symbols, conventions and codes usage in pictorial drawings
  • types and usage techniques of pictorial drawings
  • line of sight application
  • isometric view usage
  • pictorial drawing types, usage and selection
  • pictorial drawings sketching
  • pictorial working drawing problems and specifications
  • axonometric, oblique and perspective drawings construction
  • calculations in projection plane angles
  • standards for drawing pictorial drawings
  • application of properties and relationships of triangles to solve geometric shapes
  • conversion of an angular dimension of an orthographic to a linear dimension in a pictorial drawing
  • drawing techniques of pictorial representations

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the Victoria University Polytechnic e-Learning system.

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