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Standards/ Manuals

Standards/ Manuals

Standards/ Manuals

 I am the only engineer at my company and I have to create a "How to Manual" for designs and drawings. This is to help any other engineers when hired to produce the same standard and levels of drawings. Does anyone have templates/ examples of this/ is it available anywhere.


RE: Standards/ Manuals

I would start with some ANSI or ISO standards for creating drawings.  It's just good policy to model the company standards after a universal standard so all customers and vendors understand the drawings.

As far as design, that depends on education, experience, and the tools you are using.  Education and experience define themselves; it's the tools that you need to standardize so Engineer A can pick up Engineer B's work and understand the design intent.

If you tell us the tools you are using, we may be able to focus in that area.

--Scott Wertel

RE: Standards/ Manuals

Thanks for the info.
We use ACAD 2000 to do all design/drafting.
Can you tell me where I can purchase the ANSI/ISO standards books?


RE: Standards/ Manuals


  I would recommend starting with the ASME drafting standards (ASME Standard Y14 - Drafting Standards Package).  You can order it at the asme.org website.  Try this link:


You can also order bits and pieces of the entire standard, but to do it correctly I'd suggest getting the whole thing.

Good Luck,

Bob Kerila, PE

RE: Standards/ Manuals

Bob is correct.  I should have mentioned that ANSI standards are converting to ASME standards.  Same standard, new name.

In addition to his link you may just want to view the general ASME site as www.asme.org and www.ansi.org. ; It may pay to become a member of ASME, something you may consider looking into.

Also, are you aware that ANSI and ASME forums exist on eng-tips?  You may want to post in those forums also.

--Scott Wertel

RE: Standards/ Manuals

ANSI specs can be bought at Global Engineering Documents http://global.ihs.com/. They also sell the "Drawing Requirments Manual" which I believe is in it's 9th edition (I have the 5th) for about $150 USD. This is a great general manual.

Good luck,

Steve Smith
Product Engineer
Staco Energy Products Co.

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