Artisans Training

What is a Boilermaker?

Boilermakers are in demand!

Boilermakers work in the heavy engineering industry and make boilers, engines and pressure-vessels.

They work with large sheets of metal to make parts for machines and equipment. If you imagine yourself as a metal worker and practically skilled, then a career in Boiler Making is for you! Boilermakers build or repair containers made with steel plates and pipes which are used in many industries ranging from boilers for steam engines, vats, tanks and to pressure vessels like the ones used at power stations and petrochemical plants. Their work can also be quite varied and Boilermakers can work in factories: making containers, doing repairs or work at power stations, on oil rigs, in petrol refineries, on the mines and in the shipbuilding industry.

In some ways they are like specialist welders and must be very skilled and Responsible when they work: reason being – containers they make or repair are used under high pressure or may contain chemicals or poisonous gases, so any fault in the seams and joints can cause accidents and serious injury.

  • Accurately reading plans
  • Building to specifications
  • Cleaning and inspecting boiler for proper functioning
  • Constructing, assembling,maintaining
  • Repairing stationary steam boilers
  • Testing assembled vessels
  • Straightening or reshaping bent pressure vessels
  • Good at working with others?
  • Detail orientated?
  • Good with your hands?
  • Mathematically minded?
  • Good at technical drawing?
  • Hard working?
  • Willing to work in cramped, noisy, hot spaces?

Minimum requirements: Grade 9 Certificate Recommended subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science.

Minimum requirements: Grade 10 with Mathematics or Part 1 N1.

The duration of the apprenticeship varies according to skills set and previous experience. If you are a fast learner you may be able to skip certain processes and go on to your trade test.

Who is a Welder?

Welders work with metal and know its strengths and weaknesses. If you like the idea of working with metal and building, then welding may be the career path for you! Welding is the process of joining pieces of metal together. Heat is applied to metal pieces and this causes the metals to bond together.

  • Fixing welds which have weakened and carry out general repairs
  • Analyzing engineering drawings and planning the layout, assembling and welding operations
  • Identifying damaged equipment and repairing them
  • Checking angles and adjusting by re-welding or using hand tools
  • Creating tools for welding by using mathematics and blueprint examinations
  • A quick learner?
  • Determined?
  • Mathematically minded?
  • Detail orientated?
  • Inventive?
  • Hard working?

The period of study involves both practical and theoretical training. Once qualified, there are many career opportunities for Welders in South Africa. Apprenticeships or training for a specific period of time allows you to write a trade test, if successful you will be qualified as an artisan.

The practical welding course is designed for beginners and experienced welders. On completion of this course, you would receive a certificate of competence, which is recognized in the market place.

Requirements: Grade 10 (N1) with Mathematics and Science.

Trainees not entering into an apprenticeship contract can also benefit from these accredited courses, as it reduces their minimum training period to 18 months and, subject to the approval of their training records, they too will qualify to write their trade test.

What is an Electromechanician / Millwright?

An Electromechanician/Millwright is a craftsman or specialized tradesman.

They install, maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.

They may work on production machines, electrically driven machines and/or electronic control gear. Millwrights usually work in the manufacturing section of factories, government agencies, Eskom, Sasol, and other large corporations, but they can also work for themselves.

  • Interpreting drawings
  • Dismantling machines or electrical motors to trace faults
  • Making temporary repairs while part is being ordered/made
  • Keeping up to date with new components is essential
  • Checking wiring to determine power consumption
  • Assembling, fitting and installing of new machinery
  • Repairing and lubricating machines
  • Signaling to crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate
  • Mechanically minded?
  • Self-confident?
  • Able to deal with pressure?
  • A person with good hand-eye co-ordination?
  • Physically fit?
  • Detail orientated?
  • Fit and healthy?
  • Safety conscious?
  • Willing to do heavy and physical work?
  • A team player?
  • Observant?
  • Minimum requirements: Grade 9 Certificate, however employers may prefer a Senior Certificate Compulsory school.
  • Subjects: Mathematics.
  • Recommended Subjects: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology

What is an Automotive / Motor Mechanic?

Mechanics are like machine doctors. They have the fun, and sometimes-puzzling job, of diagnosing the problem(s) with cars/motorcycles.

Customers bring broken-down and damaged motor vehicles to Mechanics to have them determine the cause of the problem, estimate cost for repairs, and then perform the repairs.

Customers will also bring their vehicles to Mechanics for regular service. The Mechanic will then perform maintenance inspections.

Motor Mechanics may specialize:

Some Mechanics focus only on electrical issues, only in diesel motors, while others may choose to specialize in the mechanical aspects. For the particularly gifted Mechanic, the world of professional racing is also a potential career.

  • Liaising with clients – discussing vehicle’s/motorcycle’s faults and what needs to be done
  • Using diagnostic tests to determine cause of improper functioning
  • Removing broken or damaged parts
  • Ordering new parts
  • Repairing or replacing broken or damaged parts and putting the vehicle back together in good working condition
  • Adjusting brakes, tightening body bolts, aligning wheels and performing routine service to prevent motor vehicle problems
  • Servicing vehicles and motorcycles
  • Tuning up and changing oils
  • Keeping up records
  • Mechanically minded?
  • Passionate about cars and bikes?
  • Someone with strong interpersonal skills?
  • Good with your hands?
  • Able to multi-task?
  • A problem solver?
  • Methodical and logical?
  • Able to work well with others?
Minimum requirements: Grade 9 with Mathematics and Physical Science
  • Certified copy of I.D / Passport
  • Completed registration form
  • 2 recent passport photos
  • Administration Fees: R2000
  • Registration fees of R800
  • Monthly installment of R1550 (tuition fees)
  • Exam fees of R200 per level

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