Fitters and turners are highly skilled craftspeople who manufacture construct. Assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles. Installations and other apparatus or articles.

Fitter and turners are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of such equipment. Fitters and turners first select and mark off the material required according to exact measurements on blueprints, drawings or a model.

They then shape the rough piece of metal into its final form with power-operated tools such as lathes, milling, drilling and planning machines. Finally they fit the parts required to complete the machine or article and inspect and test the final assembly for true fit.

Entry Requirements

It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of: Grade 9 or 10

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist at employers such as:

  • Fitting and turning contractors
  • Large engineering works
  • Large industrial plants
  • Factories
  • Iron and steel plants
  • Shipyards
  • Government Departments
  • Transnet
  • Mines
  • Garages


Induction & safety

Workshop Practice

  • Power tools
  • Measuring equipment
  • Hands tools
  • Materials
  • Drawing & Sketches



  • Marking Off
  • Advanced Hand Skills
  • Keys & Locking Devices


Lubrication, Bearings, Breaks & Clutches

  • Routines Maintenance
  • Bearings
  • Assemblies
  • Gearboxes
  • Installation of Machinery
  • Breaks & Clutches

Couplings & Drives

  • Couplings
  • Drives

Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Pumps & Valves

  • Pneumatics
  • Pumps & Seals
  • Hydraulics
  • Pipe & Valves


Basic Welding

  • Welding Safety
  • Arc Welding
  • Gas Welding
  • Gas Cutting

Basic Rigging

  • Basic Lifting Equipment


  • Centre Lathe
  • Mill Machine Work

Workplace Experience


The learner is exposed to relevant equipment in the workplace during his 54 weeks plant training .

The theory must also be consolidated with the practical.

The daily tasks to be carried out by the learner (together with  an artisan)  will be determined by the first fine supervisor ; but the supervisor must also allow certain time for the tasks to be completed by the learner as considered to be PREREQUISITE  for the writing of the trade test.


The mentor will sign off a task in his/ her logbook when the learner has been tested and has mastered the tasks.  All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test  is done.

Institutional training


During a one week induction training session learners will receive orientation in their new leaning environment. They will also learn how to study and be made aware of all relevant safety aspects of the working environment.


In addition to the above the duration of institutional training is 35 weeks. During these 35 weeks we will focus on their skills, their understanding of the subject as well as knowledge required to be declared competent as diesel/ motor mechanic

A further one week will be used to equip learners with life skills to ensure their competitive advantage in the working environment.

Four weeks are allowed for trade finishing