School of Draughting & Technical Design

Engineering & Draughting Open Day - 15 August '20

Join us at AIE for our Engineering & Draughting Open Day on the 15th of August 2020 @ 09:00. Our Campus will be open from 09:00 to 14:00 for a Campus Tour. Be sure to schedule your tour of the AIE Midrand campus with one of our Sales Advisors. By appointment only, (Strict health and safety protocol will need to be adhered to on entry into the building). Stay Safe!

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Technical Bridging Course


Our Technical Bridging Course is tailored for those who do not have any knowledge or background in technical drawing but wishes to enrol for our Multi-Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate. Completing this 5 day course will bridge the gap for someone with no technical drawing experience into the exciting and broad world of design Draughting. 


Features and Benefits 


  • You do not need any drawing experience to do this course.  
  • Get your foundation right by learning the fundamentals of technical drawings before you launch your career as a draughtsman.  
  • No equipment needed, you will get everything you need in your study kit. This will include a notepad, sketchpad, A3 drawing board, eraser, pencils, compass and scale ruler. 

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

R18 000.00 Learn More

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

    • 5 Days (done 1 week prior to the Multi Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate)
  • Career Options

    Potential draughtsman with a valid Grade 12 certificate. No drawing experience needed.

  • Study Kit

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


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited data, On Campus only).
    • Drawing equipment including:
      • Blue Folder
      • Notepad
      • A3 Sketchpad
      • A3 Drawing Board
      • Set Squares
      • Leads
      • Eraser
      • Pencils
      • Compass
      • Scale Ruler
    • Electronic study guides and Textbook.
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide.
    • Access to our myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 

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.


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 better understand what technical drawings is. 

Important Notes

Included in price

  • Drawing for Engineering Manual
  • Basic Drawing equipment
  • Automatic acceptance for the MDDOP Draughting course

Drawing Equipment

  • Introduction
  • Drawing Equipment
  • Drawing paper and its application
  • Drawing board and its application
  • T-Square
  • Set squares or triangles and their application
  • Masking tape
  • Pencils and their application
  • Eraser (rubber)
  • Erasing shield
  • Adjustable compass or large bowl and its application
  • Sandpaper pad or file
  • Dust cloth or brushOther instruments
  • Scale rulers (metric)
  • Essentials do’s and don’ts of neatness in drawing



Application of the alphabet of lines

  • Introduction
  • Application of the alphabet of lines Adding linear dimensions
  • Outlines or object lines (line type A)
  • Centre lines (line type G1)
  • Dimension lines (line type B2)
  • Extension lines for dimensions (line type B3)
  • Leader lines (line type B4)
  • Construction lines (line type BB1)
  • Projection lines (line type B)
  • Guidelines (line type BB2)
  • Dashed lines to show hidden details (hidden detail lines – line type E and F)
  • Hatched lines or section lines (line type B5)
  • Other lines



Lettering, figuring and dimensioning

  • Introduction
  • Lettering figuring and dimensioning in drawing
  • Preparation of the drawing sheet
  • Lettering and figuring
  • Positions of the title and scale relative to each other
  • The positioning of the title and scale on the drawing sheet
  • Dimensioning on a working drawing
  • Different types of dimensions on a working drawing
  • Tolerance dimensions
  • Dimensioning keyways
  • Leaders
  • Machining symbols



Freehand sketching

  • Introduction
  • Real-life (field) sketching and design sketching
  • Freehand sketching
  • Sketching horizontal lines
  • Sketching vertical lines
  • Sketching slanted lines
  • Sketching curved figures and geometric shapes
  • Sketching irregular shapes
  • Isometric sketching
  • Oblique sketching




  • Introduction
  • Geometrical constructions
  • Bisecting Lines and angles
  • Perpendiculars
  • Parallel lines
  • Setting out angles with the aid of set squares
  • Hexagons (Six-sided figures)
  • Octagons (Eight-sided figures)
  • Joining straight lines with arcs using a compass
  • An ellipse



Layout of drawings

  • Introduction
  • Layout of drawings
  • First-angle orthographic projection
  • Third-angle orthographic projection
  • Projecting the third view
  • Drawing step-method for laying out drawings
  • Isometric drawings
  • Oblique drawings
  • Projections of prisms and pyramids
  • Developments
  • Interpenetrations




  • Introduction
  • Sectioning
  • Terminology
  • Sectional cutting planes
  • Various aspects of sectioning
  • How to draw a sectional view
  • Sectional detail drawings



Conventional representations

  • Introduction
  • Holes and fasteners
  • Representation of a drilled hole
  • Representation of a tapped hole (threaded hole)
  • Construction of a hexagonal nut
  • Representation of a hexagonal head bolt
  • Representation of a stud
  • Representation of a stud assembly
  • Springs
  • Representation of springs
  • Breaks
  • Welded joints
  • Types of welded joints
  • Supplementary symbols




  • Introduction
  • Types of threaded fasteners
  • Bolt heads
  • Screw heads
  • Locking devices
  • Riveted joints
  • Single or double rivet joints



Assembly drawings

  • Introduction
  • Hatching sectional drawings
  • Sections of sectional drawings
  • A typical assembly drawing
  • Item numbers
  • Parts list
  • How to start an assembly drawing



Pipe drawings (chemical)

  • Introduction
  • Kinds of piping
  • Pipe joints and fittings
  • Pipe drawings
  • Pipe drawing symbols
    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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