Programme: National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing (NQF5)
SAQA ID: 48636
Full-time / Part Time: One Saturday per month

Become a specialist in Structural Steelwork Detailing.  The qualification has been developed to assist with standardization across the steel construction industry.  This will allow a person to register as a structural steel detail draughtsperson and lay a foundation for future career advancement to supervisory and management qualifications within the sector.

Admission requirements
Learner must have required Maths on Matric level and Draughting skills or completion of the MDDOP course or must be working within the SSD industry.
This candidate must understand and have experience in Shop Detailing, which are detailing of beams, columns, grids, platforms and understand GA’s. 

Selection Procedure
Access to this qualification is open, bearing in mind learning assumed, to be in place.

Programme content

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Connection design and draughting practice techniques for basic structural steelwork assemblies
  • Strength of materials
  • Regulations, codes and drawing office practice on structural steel detailing processes
  • Processes and sequences of the production of the detail drawings integrated with fabrication and site functions. Impact of these on time and cost of producing quality products within a contract
  • Bracing systems, mechanical properties and load bearing calculations are illustrated
  • Quality Control of fabrication assembly and erection of structural steelwork
  • Drawing layouts according to drawing office practice and setting out points are calculated.

Two year (257 credits)

Career path/ Opportunities

  • Structural Mechanics and design
  • Structural drawing and design
  • Structural Engineer

Course Fees (R27 000.00 per year)
R 3000 deposit and the balance in equal instalments over 10 months. Please note that annual fee increases, not in excess of 10%, may apply.

Additional Costs
applicable Red, Yellow, Green and Blue books.
City & Guilds certificate R 250

Certificate from the Construction Seta. City and Guilds International Certificate.


City & Guilds is a globally recognized and respected awarding organization and serves as a benchmark for educational quality.

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