Read and Interpret Technical & Electrical Drawings


You will be learning towards the outcome “Read Engineering Drawings”. Whilst learning towards the outcome you will be required to achieve the following:

  • Understand and interpret Engineering drawings.

Key and critical concepts you will learn

On completion of this module, the learner must be able to:

  • Identify the different types of lines on engineering drawings and state their meaning.       
  • State the meaning of the most commonly used abbreviations in engineering drawings.
  • Read and interpret a given Engineering drawing.

During this process you must adhere to certain specified requirements as listed in the Module.

You will be assessed, when you are confident that you are able to achieve the outcomes as listed, to determine your competence as measured against the required criteria. This assessment will be in line with accepted best practices regarding assessment.

  • A theory assessment will be set at the end of the module and must be completed without using reference.
  • The learner will be given an Engineering drawing of a work piece and must correctly:
    • Name the work piece and state the material that must be used to manufacture it.
    • Identify and state the meanings of all the different lines and abbreviations used in the drawing.
    • State the dimensions of the work piece and the tolerances allowed during manufacture.
  • All answers must be correct and in accordance with the module content.

Tools, consumables, equipment and machinery required

  • Learning material.
  • Note book.
  • Pen.

Prerequisite modules

CCD Course control document


Gives the trainee the ability to read and understand different drawings. The trainee will be able to understand what the symbols mean and in so doing be able to perform the task successfully and safely. This is important in an industry where manufacturing of specific components are required.

Additional resources

  • Engineering drawing N1, C.G. Brink