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National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing


The National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing qualification will provide learners with the standards required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the steel construction industry. For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired. This qualification has been developed to assist with standardisation across the steel construction industry. This will allow a person to register as a structural steel detail draughtsman and lay a foundation for future career advancement to supervisory and management qualifications within the sector.


Features & Benefits


  • This qualification will consist of 9 theory modules with practical and project-based assessments to provide practical application of theoretical knowledge.  
  • The qualification will also integrate up to five internationally recognized CAD software courses, accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critical consideration for any employer when considering new draughtsman. 
  • We utilise industry leading CAD/CAM/CAE software including Autodesk and Prokon ensuring that you are educated not only in theory but also the industry used CAD software. 


  • Get exposure to guest lecturers from relevant external companies and organizations both on campus and online.  
  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal. 
  • Get job ready with our Workplace Preparation module where you will learn how to compile your own personal work portfolio, enhance your CV, handle yourselves in a design job interview, how to be resourceful in job hunting and managing your online reputation.
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 
  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.  

This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with full Mathematics OR
  • NQF 4 Drawing Office Practice OR
  • N4/5 Multi Drawing Office practice OR
  • Engineering National Certificate N3 (READ MORE>)


No matric?  You still have options. Do our Engineering National Certificate N3  (LEARN MORE>)


 External assessments by an accredited assessor and internal moderation with CETA verification

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusivly to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

R9 000.00Learn More

15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

R14 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

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Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 24 months, 257 credits (8 Sessions/Week, 2:00 Hrs Each) *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of travelling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change.
    • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy.

    Online & Part-Time 

    • 24 months, 257 credits
    • Part Time = 12 months, 120 credits (3 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00)   
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (1x 2 Hour Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project based tasks.
  • Career Options

    • Structural Engineer Salary
    • Senior Structural Engineer
    • Structural Design Engineer
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited data, On Campus only).
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years. 
    • Hardcopy of Yellow, Red and Blue steel books used in the industry 
    • Stationary including:
      • Notepad
      • Drawing Board & Drawing Equipment
      • Pencil Case, Ruler and Pen
      • Blue, red & Yellow book
    • Electronic Study Guides 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.  
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications. 
    • AIE VR Cardboard Goggles  


    *Please note that Autodesk Licenses provided are for Windows OS only and does not extend to Mac. 


What you get

This qualification is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates and
qualifications, both locally and internationally recognised by the industry for maximum employability.


On completion the student will earn: 


  • National Diploma: Structural Steel Detailing, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48636, 257 Credits  
  • International Certificates: AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Structure, Autodesk Advanced Steel, Prokon 

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Student Testimonials

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a structural steel detailer. 

Important Notes

  • Price mentioned above only includes the course fees of 1st Year.


Please note that you are required to have your own computer. This can be in the form of a laptop or desktop PC. Should you not have one, we can supply you with a laptop as part of your package. Please note that additional costs will apply. The below shows the recommended specification.


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or i7, 2.4 GHZ or more (i7 preferred)
MEMORY 8GB DDR3 Memory (16GB preferred)
GRAPHICS 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card (NVIDIA recommended) 
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 (64 Bit)

Theory Modules:

  • Module 1: Associate theory of structures, structural behaviour, mechanical properties and resistance of connectors and structural steelwork elements as well as regulations, codes, standards and drawing office practices with the preparation of detail drawings of connections and load bearing elements used in the fabrication and assembly of steel structures


  • Module 2: Collect, analyse and critically evaluate engineering requirements for the detailing of connections and load bearing elements to ensure safe and economical connections and load bearing elements for structural steelwork assemblies


  • Module 3: Organise and manage one's self and one's activities in the production of structural steelwork detail drawings to ensure the accurate measurement and placement of individual assemblies on drawing layouts in accordance with drawing office practice and specifications.


  • Module 4: Communicate effectively between structural steel drawing office personnel, workshop and site personnel as well as associated engineering personnel when preparing and issuing detail drawings.


  • Module 5: Communicate with clientele when compiling estimates and quotations for structural steelwork projects based on the standard system of measurement of building work for the steel construction industry thereby ensuring that accurate estimates are compiled and quotations produced from standard contract documentation are in accordance with best practice standards.


  • Module 6: Identify and solve problems when preparing details of structural steelwork connections and load bearing elements to ensure accurate calculations and workshop drawings are produced in accordance with the engineer's requirements and contract specifications.


  • Module 7: Use science and technology associated with connection design and Draughting practice to produce detail drawings of structural steelwork assemblies and arrangement drawings.


  • Module 8: Use advanced 3D computer modelling science and technology to produce detail drawings and related data for the fabrication of commercial and industrial structural steel buildings.


  • Module 9: Integrate the processes and sequences associated with the preparation and production of structural steelwork detail drawings with the fabricating workshop and site planning functions and evaluate the combined impact of these processes on the time and cost of producing quality products within contract specifications and programme.


  • Module 10: Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by contributing to the implementation of enhanced quality control processes from the preparation of detail drawings to the fabrication stage and through to the on-site erection of structural steelwork assemblies including the handover of completed steel structures.



Software Modules:

  • Autodesk Revit Structural
  • Autodesk Advanced Steel
  • Prokon


Virtual Reality 

With Virtual Reality becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the game industry we believe no gaming course would be complete without introducing the student to the specific requirements and nuances of designing for this interface. Our VR module is a standalone course that will not only introduce the basic concepts of VR but also expose the student to some of the fields beyond gaming where this is being applied and the specific needs of working in those industries. This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality: This topic will cover the basics of Virtual Reality, the concepts and ready to use VR environments. Learners will use their Goggles VR Headset and experience various VR environments both static and interactive.

  • Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality: A topic to introduce students to the concept of 3D using virtual reality. By using VR, learners will conceptualize the 3D environment much quicker. 
  • Modelling for Virtual Reality:  Guidelines and tips for ensuring correct modelling techniques are followed to ensure the best experience. 
  • Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Immersion: This topic will cover how to prepare your data for the virtual reality environment. It will explore the conversion of your data through the various channel, using applicable software so that it is VR ready. 
  • Design Validation through Virtual Reality: Use VR for design validation. 
  • Presenting your data in Virtual Reality:  Using VR platforms, learn how to present and use your data in various VR scenarios, from basic stereo images to fully immersive experiences. 



Draughting Practical Programs:


  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 06 May 2020
    11 May 2020
    Full Time
  • 06 May 2020
    11 May 2020
    Part Time
  • 06 May 2020
    11 May 2020

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