What is a welder?

Welders work with metal and know its strength 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 cause the metals to bond together.

What does a Welder do?

  • 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 or  using hand tools
  • Creating tools for welding by using mathematics and blue print examinations

Are you?

  • A quick learner?
  • Determined?
  • Mathematically minded?
  • Detail orientated?
  • Inventive?
  • Hard working?

How do I become a welder?

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 pratical welding course is designed for beginners and experiences welders. On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of competence, which is recognized in the market place.


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.

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