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.
â€“ the ability to visualize or perceive a graphic;
â€“ knowledge and understanding of principles and practices;
â€“ freehand, instrument and CAD drawings, and
â€“ 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.
Engineering graphics and design does not only give students the skills necessary to do well in their further education but it also serves as a bridge between high school technology and University Engineering. Many engineering students from various Universities and colleges have stated that EGD helped them do well in their first years of engineering.
It incorporates both the Civil and the Mechanical aspects of Engineering to aware students of the different fields of Engineering and the rules and regulations of the respective fields. This break-up helps the student determine his engineering field as a studentâ€™s first year of engineering encompasses multiple fields, of which the student has to choose from after their first year.
Engineering Graphics and Design is a refined subject, one where concentration and attention to detail are apparent and one which pushes students to their limits. With these characteristics, along with the occasional patience, a student would succeed in not only the subject but also his future endeavours into the world as a student who studies Engineering and Graphics Design is far more equipped, determined and resolute in his future than a student who does not.