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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret, read and produce structural steel drawings for workshop fabrication 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262965  Interpret, read and produce structural steel drawings for workshop fabrication 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14497  Identify, interpret and produce working structural steel drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will acquire the necessary knowledge about various components of structural steel in order to produce detailed drawings for fabrication purposes. These structural steel components include beams, latticed girders, columns, roof trusses, bracings and portal frames. The details in the drawings include dimensions, notes and other fabrication related information.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of structural steel detailing.
  • Applying knowledge of beams, plate and box girders to produce a workshop fabrication drawing.
  • Detailing bolted and welded columns.
  • Detailing bolted and welded latticed girders.
  • Detailing welded and bolted roof trusses.
  • Detailing bracings.
  • Detailing portal frames.
  • Compiling fabrication documentation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of structural steel detailing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Terms used in structural steal environment are defined in practical terms. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of structural steel terms include, but is not limited to:
  • Web, flange, toe, heel, angle cleat, gusset plate, centre marks and back marks.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Structural steel components are identified and described in accordance with relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Structural steel tables are identified and explained in accordance with relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Welding symbols are identified and described in accordance with relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of welding symbols applicable to lap and butt welded connections using Code of Practice SABS044.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Simple bolt connections are identified and described in accordance with relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Rolled steel sections are drawn within agreed time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Grades of Bolts are identified and listed according to relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of bolts include, but are not limited to:
  • Black bolts, high strength friction grip bolts and holding down bolts.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    A bolted connection is drawn relevant SANS (South African National Standards) for structural steelwork. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply knowledge of beams, plates and box girders to produce a workshop fabrication drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A complete steel floor layout is drawn from a given line diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The number of bolts required is calculated for the end plate/cleat connections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The steel members are notched according to standard industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Beams, plates and box girders are identified and detailed for workshop fabrication. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and detail bolted and welded columns. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Columns are identified and detailed for workshop fabrication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of column detail:
  • Bolted and welded base plates, welded cap plates and typical bolted column splice detail.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A simple crane girder stool assembly on a column is detailed for workshop fabrication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A simple holding down bolt plan is produced for setting out steelwork structure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and detail bolted and welded latticed girders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distances between setting-out points on girders are calculated according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components of latticed girders are identified and described according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A gusset connection on a girder is detailed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Top and bottom boom angles are detailed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Internal web members on girders are detailed according to specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and detail welded and bolted roof trusses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distances between setting-out points on roof trusses are calculated according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Roof truss components are identified and described according to specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of roof truss components include, but are not limited to:
  • Sspan, slope, run, rise, overhang, shoe, apex, tie, rafter and purlin cleat.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A gusset connection on a roof truss is detailed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rafter and tie beam angles on a roof truss are detailed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Internal web members on roof truss are detailed according to specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify and detail bracings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distances between setting-out points on bracings are calculated according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gusset connections on bracings are detailed according to specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Identify and detail portal frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Portal frame components are identified and detailed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ridge/apex detail is identified and described according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Haunch/knee detail is identified and described according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Purlin cleat detail is identified and described according to specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Compile fabrication documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A material list is compiled for a specific application according to detailed drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A bolt list is compiled for a specific application according to detailed drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A despatch/site delivery list is compiled for a specific application according to detailed drawing. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:
  • Structural steel detailing.
  • Structural tables of SANS.
  • Beams, plate and box girders.
  • Bolted and welded columns.
  • Latticed girders and bracing.
  • Roof trusses and their design.
  • Material delivery schedules and company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the detailing of structural steel components within the scope of practice of a Computer Aided Drawing office in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a Computer Aided Drawing office team to produce accurate fabrication drawings within given time-frame. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to produce CAD of structural steel components within the scope of a CAD office. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about structural steel components in order to produce detailed drawings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players to produce the desired CAD drawing according to job requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14497, "Identify, interpret and produce working structural steel drawings", Level 4, 8 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66071   Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (CAD)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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