Use basic CAD in engineering


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to operate a standard CAD software package, using basic features, and prepare simple engineering drawings in accordance to AS 1100.

The unit of competency is applied by technicians who work in a structural and civil engineering environment to operate CAD at a basic level.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Elements describe the essential outcomes.


Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.    Operate CAD software.

1.1.      Apply standard procedure to enter the CAD system.

1.2.      Explain the functions of the screen display areas.

1.3.      Save CAD drawings to a specified location on the office system and with a specified name as per workplace standards and requirements.

1.4       Apply standard exit and shutdown procedures.

2.    Apply basic parameters and measurements.

2.1.      Set the basic parameters in preparation for the drafting process.

2.2.      Set and use appropriate system variables relevant to the drawing task.

3.    Construct basic elements using CAD.

3.1.      Apply basic commands to construct shapes relevant to engineering drawing.

3.2.      Import and export files into and out of the working space.

3.3.      Establish procedures to open and revise a specified drawing.

4.     Produce engineering drawings.

4.1.      Complete drawings of engineering components and assemblies in accordance with AS 1100.

4.2.      Apply efficient drafting practices to maximize productivity.

4.3.      Produce drawings as per the requirements of the particular drawing office standards.

4.4.      Prepare a customised template-drawing file to specific drawing office standards.

5.     Check completed drawing.

5.1.      Print or save drawing as per instruction.

5.2.      Review that the printed or saved drawing complies with AS 1100 with respect to line thickness and text sizes.

5.3.      Evaluate the completed work and identify areas of improvement


Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.


MEM30001A Use (CAD) system to produce basic engineering drawings (deleted from MEM package)



Assessment requirements for DCSBCE602 – Use basic CAD in engineering


To achieve competency in this unit a person must satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions included in the unit.

The person must also:

  • prepare simple sketches
  • produce clear and descriptive drawing with appropriate notations and labelling


Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once for each criterion.


To achieve competency in this unit a person must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Key principles of CAD, including
  • CAD software capabilities
  • different approaches to drawing
  • the coordinate system
  • efficient drafting practices
  • environmental and occupational health and safety (OHS) issues associated with the tools, materials and environment
  • resources used to provide relevant legislation, copyright and intellectual property issues


Assessment conditions:

All assessment must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards.

When assessments are conducted remotely, invigilation software must be used to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers or marking guides must be provided for all assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

Assessors must have worked for at least 3 years in industry where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in this unit of competency.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

The RTO must take appropriate steps, as an ongoing procedure, to verify information about trainer and assessor’s qualifications, vocational competencies and current industry skills


Software/Hardware Used


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