Engineering Graphics and Design is a combination of lines, symbols and signs used to render services and design processes and systems that contribute towards economic growth and enhanced quality of life.
Designers use drawings when developing ideas. Well-prepared engineering drawings are used to communicate with manufacturers of components and devices. These drawings describe products and include instructions about manufacturing, assembly and operation. Clear, complete and accurate drawings help to prevent expensive and/or dangerous mistakes.
Engineering Graphics and Design is a graphic language incorporating the following:
- the ability to visualize or perceive a graphic;
- knowledge and understanding of principles and practices;
- freehand, instrument and CAD drawings, and
- the Design Process.
Learnersâ€™ skills in listening, speaking, reading, thinking, mathematical ability and grammar should have developed to a high level that will enable them to reason independently and critically through the use of language. They should consider and debate important issues such as those concerning human rights and the environment, and should realise that problems can have multiple solutions. While Mathematics is not a prerequisite, it is strongly advised.
Learners should be keen, flexible and inquisitive enough to obtain and evaluate information for themselves. They should show an active interest in Engineering Technology and particularly Engineering Graphics and Design.
Career links through this subject include, among others: draughting, architecture, engineering, technician, technologist, industrial design, quantity surveying, project management, property valuation, and environmental engineering.