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National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing


Nationalization Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing Quantification will provide learners with the standards required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the steel construction industry as a structural steel detailing specialist. Skills covered in this qualification relates to the production of structural steel detailing drawings for fabrication and erection of steel structures as well as the understanding of the steel construction industry and how to operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems which govern this industry.


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. 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.


Features & Benefits

  • The qualification will also give you a recognized CAD software course, accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critical consideration for any employer when considering new draughtsman.   

  • Get exposure to guest lecturers from relevant external companies and organizations both on-campus and online.

  • 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. 

  • Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Lazer Cutting facilities.

  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 
  • Access to our 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
  • 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. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, i3, 4GB, 2666MHz DDR4 
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, i7, 8gb, 4GB, 2666MHz DDR4 
  • HIGHHigh Spec, i7, 16gb, 2666MHz DDR4 

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Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 24 months, 257 credits (+/- 12 hours of a week of class time)
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time)
    • All class based credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project based assignments.
    Part-Time & Online
    • Part Time = 24 months, 257 credits (1 x 2hrs / Week @ 1 8:00 & 3hrs every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00)
    • Online = 24 Months, 257 credits (1 x 2hrs / Week @ 18:00)
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.
    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change.
  • Career Options

    • Structural Steel Detailer 
    • Structural Draughtsperson  
    • Structural Engineer  
    • Senior Structural Engineer  
    • Structural Design Engineer  
    • Project Manager 
    • Estimator 
  • 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. 
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications. 
    • Hardcopy of Red and Blue steel books used in the industry 
    • Stationary including:
      • AIE Notepad
      • Pencil Case
      • Ruler and Pen
    • 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.  

    *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 Certificate: AutoCAD & Autodesk Advanced Steel

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

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: Use drawing equipment and apply drawing techniques to produce detail drawings of basic structural steelwork assemblies and arrangement drawings. Demonstrate understanding of regulations codes and drawing office practices for structural steel detailing. Prepare structural steelwork detail drawings for the fabrication of assemblies for light industrial structures low rise commercial buildings and warehouse. Prepare structural steelwork detail drawings for the fabrication of assemblies for ancillary steelwork for buildings. Demonstrate understanding of the mechanical properties of bolts set screws and welds and their application in the design of connections for structural steelwork assemblies.


  • Module 2: Demonstrate an understanding of strength of materials in relation to steel structures. Demonstrate understanding of basic theory of structures and structural behaviour relative to steel structures. Use advanced 3D computer modeling techniques in the production of detail drawings and other data leading to the fabrication of commercial and industrial structural steel projects. Demonstrate an understanding of basic contract planning functions workshop and site procedures for structural steel projects. Prepare structural steelwork detail drawings for the fabrication of assemblies for multi-storey buildings


  • Module 3: Design a range of load bearing elements for steel structures. Prepare structure steelwork detail drawings for the fabrication of assemblies for heavy industrial buildings. Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts. Demonstrate an understanding of framing of structural steel buildings and structural behaviour. Design structural steelwork connections. Prepare structural steelwork detail drawings for the fabrication of assemblies for process plants.


  • Module 4: Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts. Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes. Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2- and 3- Dimensional space in different contexts. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced theory of structures and structural behaviour relative to steel structures. Compile estimate and quotations for structural steelwork. Control quality in the fabrication assembly and erection of structural steelwork assemblies.



Software Modules:

  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Advanced Steel



Modules covered:

  • Preparing for an interview;
  • Conduct and Behaviour During an Interview;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Understanding Legislation;
  • Preparing the CV that Everybody Wants to See;
  • Using Social Media;
  • Starting the Job seeking Journey
  • Registering on our recruitment portal



Draughting Practical Programs:


  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Part Time
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Full Time
  • 03 March 2021
    08 March 2021
    Part Time

Delivery Method: 
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