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National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing



National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing Qualification 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.




Feature, Benefits and Software Requirements

  • 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>)

Regulatory Information

 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. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:




  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell G15 5535, AMD Ryzen 5, 32GB

R18 000.00 Learn More

The laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. 

Medium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

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The foundation for intense graphic and processor-heavy tasks.

Dell G15 5535, AMD RYZEN 5, 32GB | AMD Ryzen 5 7640HS, (22 MB Cache, 6 Core, up to 5.0 GHz) | 32GB (2 x 16GB), DDR5 Non-ECC RAM | Nvidia GeForce RTX3050 6GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120hz Refresh Rate, Anti-Glare LED Backlight Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

R25 500.00  Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

Dell G15 5511, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400H (15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, WLAN, M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia RTX3050ti w/4GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, Windows 11 Pro (64 Bit)

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning, 24 months, 257 credits
    • Full Time, Online Learning, 24 months, 257 credits
    • Classes conducted from Monday to Friday ± 12 hours/week


    • Part Time, Flexi Online Learning, 24 months, 257 credits
    • Classes conducted after hours over 2-3 sessions/week (on selected Saturdays)

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • 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 (On-Campus only).
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for 1 year.
    • Advance Steel 2022, AutoCAD 2022
    • Hardcopy of Red, Blue and Yellow steel books used in the industry 
    • Stationery kit
    • 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. 



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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

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

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




Workplace Preparation and Portfolio Compilation through a self paced Module

  • 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
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Online

Delivery Method: 
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