Firstly, it is important to know that the revised 2nd edition for the “ENGINEERING DRAWING GUIDE for Students and Professional Engineers”, is a technical drawing book with practical applications, examples and exercises in real design situations; not a CADD manual. It consists of foundational information, providing the basics to understand drawing concepts, the visualization thereof, and the correct form of communication to comply with the “ISO Mechanical Engineering Drawing Code of Practice” – therefore suitable for schools, colleges and specifically designed for universities.
Secondly, experience has ensured that this book simplifies the massive task that universities are faced with, as it is designed to cater for students who have not been exposed to technical drawing at school and it covers the essentials required for up-and-coming engineers in drawing and design work. It stringently follows relevant “ECSA” outcomes and has been tried and tested over a period of 17 years and progressively developed, reaching a completeness that adequately fulfils its title, although, it is still continuously updated.
Thirdly, to date, it has been used and proved to be suitable for 1st year students for the entire “Faculty of Engineering” at University of KwaZulu-Natal for over 10 years. The mechanical engineering department continues to use this book through to final year student projects and mechanical engineering graduates have found the “Guide” most useful when dealing with drawing and design in industry. Durban University of Technology has used the book for their mechanical engineering department (1st to final year students), for approximately 4 years. Central University of Technology at Bloemfontein, have used this book during 2012 for their 1st years only, and, no doubt, the students will continue to use it as a reference throughout their studies.
Finally, the ‘Engineering Drawing Guide’ has received positive feedback from lecturers involved in both engineering drawing and design, and for this, I am truly grateful, especially for their generous comments and input in its development over the years.