Produce basic steel drawings


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to produce steel design drawings.

The unit of competency is applied by drafting personnel in a civil and structural engineering environment operating as part of an engineering design team.

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

  • DCSGRE603 Use graphics in engineering
  • DCSBCE602 Use basic CAD in engineering


Elements describe the essential outcomes.


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

1.    Identify steel members and derivation of dimensions.

1.1.      Draw steel sections used in structural steel construction.

1.2.      Extract and identify the relevant dimensions from the appropriate Steel Section Handbook.

2.    Draw structural steel line diagrams.

2.1.      Draw single line detail views of structural steel components in a steel structure.

2.2.      Mark all structural steel components using an appropriate member marking system in the detail views.

2.3.      Label design connections type between steel components.

2.4.      Draw and document all steel components in a members table.

2.5.      Prepare drawings using appropriate symbols, terminology, line work, printing and dimensions in accordance with relevant standards.

3.    Draw detail views of structural steel connections.

3.1.      Apply relevant information to draw detail views of the structural steel design connections using appropriate symbols, terminology, line work, printing and dimensions in accordance with relevant standards.

3.2.      Calculate member lengths based on information from the single line and design connection detail views.

3.3.      Draw and label the given weld types including field welds on the drawings.

4.    Specify appropriate protective coatings.

4.1.      Specify the appropriate protective coating for steel on the drawings.

5.    Specify structural and high strength bolts.

5.1.      Explain the difference between structural and high strength bolts.

5.2.      Explain the tightening procedure for structural and high strength bolts.

5.3.      Designate bolt tightening procedure on detail views


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


41969 Produce basic steel drawings is equivalent



Assessment requirements for DCSBSD611 Produce basic steel drawings


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:

  • follow work instructions, standard operating procedures and safe work practices
  • prepare detailed design drawings of a steel structure that complies with Australian Standards AS 1100 and AS 4100.
  • draw and dimension at least 2 views of a steel structure.
  • draw and dimension design connections of at least 2 members in a steel structure.
  • calculate length of at least 2 members
  • use drawing conventions appropriate to engineering discipline

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:

  • interpretation and use of a steel sections handbook.
  • determination of standards for hole size, hole pitch, gauge lines and edge distance.
  • drawing standards
  • conventions used in technical drawing


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


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