This combination of three of our courses gives the ‘student’ a very broad spectrum of knowledge.

The 2D – CAD Correspondence course will enable students to create a basic 2D drawing. Even at this fundamental level, 4MCAD and AutoCAD are two of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Part 1 covers the indispensable core topics for working with 4MCAD and AutoCAD. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that allow the student to create and edit a simple drawing. Part 2 continues with more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the program.

With an Introduction to Draugting you will be introduced to the fundamentals of draughting, draughting tools, and various draughting disciplines; and

Architectural Draughting  will introduce you to the fundamentals of draughting, draughting tools, and various draughting disciplines.

In this course you will also learn to produce accurate plans and drawings to scale. You will also learn how to apply this knowledge to your building construction work – using drawings to turn concepts into reality.

Course Duration: 18 Months

Entrance requirements:

  • A working knowledge of basic design/draughting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of Windows/computers.

When You Complete this Learning Unit, You as a Learner Should be Able to:

  • Identify and describe the important functions of engineering drawings.
  • Describe the purpose of engineering drawings in the industry.
  • Identify and correctly use the alphabet of lines used on an engineering drawing.
  • Identify and correctly use freehand printing of letters and numbers according to the SABS code of practice for engineering drawing.
  • Identify and correctly use the drawing instruments and equipment required for creating engineering drawing.
  • Know how to take care of drawing instruments and equipment.
  • Explain and interpret construction drawings and specifications.
  • Identify and interpret drawings and symbols used on a drawing.
  • Building drawings (plans).
  • Basic drawing skills – Instruments.
  • Basic drawing skills – Freehand.
  • Basic systems of measurements.
  • Measurement of quantities.
  • Levelling, measuring and setting out instruments and accessories.
  • Dumpy level
  • Introduction to quantity surveying concepts.
  • Calculation of quantities and costs.




Introduction and Installation

  • 4MCAD/AutoCAD introduction.
  • Installation.

The User Interface

  • Menus and shortcut menus.
  • Toolbars.
  • The command window.
  • Dynamic input.
  • Customize the drawing environment.
  • Tool palettes.

Create and Save a Drawing

  • Create a new drawing.
  • Open an existing drawing.
  • Save a drawing.
  • Error report.

Control the Drawing Views

  • Redrawing and regenerating.
  • Magnify a view.
  • Pan a view.
  • Use aerial view.
  • Display multiple views.
  • Save and restore views.

Precision Tools and the Properties of Drawing

  • Specify units, angles and scale.
  • Drawing limits.
  • Grid and grid snap.
  • Use object snap.
  • Use polar tracking and object snap tracking.
  • Use ortho-mode.
  • Work with line types.
  • Work with layers.
  • Work with colours.
  • Control line weights.
  • Calculate area, angle and distances.



Coordinates and Coordinates System

  • 2D Co-ordinates.
  • Control user coordinate system.

Create Objects

  • Draw linear objects.
  • Draw curved objects.

Modify Objects

  • Select objects.
  • Modify objects.
  • Modify compound objects.
  • Use grips to edit objects.
  • Modifying the properties of entities.

Notes and Labels

  • Create text.
  • Change text.
  • Work with text styles.
  • Check spelling.

Dimensions and Tolerances

  • Overview of dimensioning.
  • Use dimension styles.
  • Create dimensions.
  • Modify existing dimensions.

Blocks and Attributes

  • Create and insert blocks.
  • Define and use block attributes

Hatches and Realistic Images

  • Hatches.
  • Work with raster images.

Layout, Plot and Publish Drawings

  • Create multiple view drawing layouts.
  • Plot drawings.

Share Data between Drawings and Applications

  • Saving and viewing snapshots.
  • Link and embed data.
  • Work with data in other formats.