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Technical Bridging Course


Our Technical Bridging Course is tailored for those who do not have any knowledge or background in technical drawing but wishes to enroll for our Multi-Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate (LEARN MORE>). Completing this 5 day course will bridge the gap for someone with no technical drawing experience into the exciting and broad world of design draughting.


At the end of this 5 day course you will understand the fundamentals of drawing and have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Drawing Equipment for manual Draughting
  • Application of the alphabet of lines
  • Lettering figuring and Dimensioning
  • Freehand sketching
  • Constructions
  • Layout of drawings
  • Sectioning
  • Conventional Representations of design drawings
  • Fasteners
  • Assembly Drawings


It will only cover the fundamentals of technical drawings. This course is done 1 week prior to the start date of the Multi Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate so you will not add any additional study time to your qualification.

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Full Time

  • R4,200.00:  Includes all study materials.


Assisted Distance Learning

  • R2,700.00:  Includes all study materials.


We provide flexible and affordable payment options to ensure the course is always within your reach. To read more about our finance options, CLICK HERE



  • 5 Days (done 1 week prior to the Multi Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate)

Who Should Attend

  • Potential draughtsman with a valid Grade 12 certificate. No drawing experience needed.

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Study Kit

Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


  • Free WIFI (3GB/Month, On Campus only).
  • Drawing equipment including, Blue Folder, Notepad, Sketchpad, A3 Drawing Board, Eracer, Pencils, Compass and Scale Ruler.
  • Electronic study guides and Textbook.
  • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide.
  • Access to our myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 

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Our Learning Methods

At The Draughting Academy we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques influenced by circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. We have therefore developed our myWay learning methodology to suit all learners and ensure everyone has all the opportunity to achieve learning success. We deliver our qualifications via three modern and flexible delivery methods.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience. Our full time offering consist of learning sessions that make up a full day or selective days within a week.

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We have redefined distance learning studies. Our myWay Distance Learning ensures that the student never gets left alone to do only self-study by taking a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms and at home exercises and assignments, all managed by our myAcademy Student Portal.

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What is Technical Drawings?

Watch this video to better understand what technical drawings is.


Important Notes

Included in price

  • Drawing for Engineering Manual
  • Basic Drawing equipment
  • Automatic acceptance for the MDDOP Draughting course

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Drawing Equipment

  • Introduction
  • Drawing Equipment
    • Drawing paper and its application
    • Drawing board and its application
    • T-Square
    • Set squares or triangles and their application
    • Masking tape
    • Pencils and their application
    • Eraser (rubber)
    • Erasing shield
    • Adjustable compass or large bowl and its application
    • Sandpaper pad or file
    • Dust cloth or brushOther instruments
    • Scale rulers (metric)
  • Essentials do’s and don’ts of neatness in drawing

Application of the alphabet of lines

  • Introduction
  • Application of the alphabet of lines Adding linear dimensions
    • Outlines or object lines (line type A)
    • Centre lines (line type G1)
    • Dimension lines (line type B2)
    • Extension lines for dimensions (line type B3)
    • Leader lines (line type B4)
    • Construction lines (line type BB1)
    • Projection lines (line type B)
    • Guide lines (line type BB2)
    • Dashed lines to show hidden details (hidden detail lines – line type E and F)
    • Hatched lines or section lines (line type B5)
    • Other lines

Lettering, figuring and dimensioning

  • Introduction
  • Lettering figuring and dimensioning in drawing
    • Preparation of the drawing sheet
    • Lettering and figuring
    • Positions of the title and scale relative to each other
    • Positioning of the title and scale on the drawing sheet
    • Dimensioning on a working drawing
    • Different types of dimensions on a working drawing
    • Tolerance dimensions
    • Dimensioning keyways
    • Leaders
    • Machining symbols

Freehand sketching

  • Introduction
  • Real-life (field) sketching and design sketching
  • Freehand sketching
    • Sketching horizontal lines
    • Sketching vertical lines
    • Sketching slanted lines
    • Sketching curved figures and geometric shapes
    • Sketching irregular shapes
    • Isometric sketching
    • Oblique sketching


  • Introduction
  • Geometrical constructions
    • Bisecting lines and angles
    • Perpendiculars
    • Parallel lines
    • Setting out angles with the aid of set squares
    • Hexagons (Six-sided figures)
    • Octagons (Eight-sided figures)
    • Joining straight lines with arcs using a compass
    • An ellipse

Layout of drawings

  • Introduction
  • Layout of drawings
    • First-angle orthographic projection
    • Third-angle orthographic projection
    • Projecting a third view
    • Drawing step-method for laying out drawings
    • Isometric drawings
    • Oblique drawings
    • Projections of prisms and pyramids
    • Developments
    • Interpenetrations


  • Introduction
  • Sectioning
    • Terminology
    • Sectional cutting planes
    • Various aspects of sectioning
    • How to draw a sectional view
    • Sectional detail drawings

Conventional representations

  • Introduction
  • Holes and fasteners
    • Representation of a drilled hole
    • Representation of a tapped hole (threaded hole)
    • Construction of a hexagonal nut
    • Representation of a hexagonal head bolt
    • Representation of a stud
    • Representation of a stud assembly
  • Springs
    • Representation of springs
  • Breaks
  • Welded joints
    • Types of welded joints
    • Supplementary symbols


  • Introduction
  • Types of threaded fasteners
    • Bolt heads
    • Screw heads
  • Locking devices
  • Riveted joints
  • Single or double rivet joints

Assembly drawings

  • Introduction
  • Hatching sectional drawings
  • Sections of sectional drawings
  • A typical assembly drawing
  • Item numbers
  • Parts list
  • How to start an assembly drawing

Pipe drawings (chemical)

  • Introduction
  • Kinds of piping
  • Pipe joints and fittings
  • Pipe drawings
  • Pipe drawing symbols

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    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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