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Diesel mechanics diagnose and repair the mechanical and electrical faults of diesel vehicles and machinery.

Diesel mechanics diagnose engine trouble, dismantle the engine when necessary, and replace or repair defective parts. They reassemble the engine and repair mechanical and electrical faults in construction machinery.

In most cases electrical diagnostic equipment is used to locate problems - experienced diesel mechanics are able to locate a problem by listening to the noise in the engine. Mechanical parts are replaced or minor adjustments made.

Diesel mechanics also complete job cards, furnish information on the parts that should be ordered and assist in training learners. They often perform administrative and managerial tasks. Working conditions of the diesel mechanic vary according to the place of employment - for instance, a well-equipped workshop or farm, ship or construction site.


Entry Requirements

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

N2 Mathematics
N2 Engineering Science
N2 Engineering Drawing
N2 Diesel Trade Theory


NCV Level 4
Completed with 7 subjects
(40% or higher is required)

GR 12 Mathematics
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Mechanical Technology

* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted

Institutional Training

During a one week induction training session learners will receive orientation in their new learning 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 a 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.

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 line supervisor; but the supervisor must also allow certain time for tasks to be completed by the learner as considered to be a 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 task. All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test is done

Career Outlook

Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub prepares the learners for entry-level employment. Learners who have achieved the skills and knowledge outlined in this qualification is normally employed to service and maintain:

- Heavy duty trucks
- Construction machinery
- Ships
- Agricultural equipment
- Automobiles
- Petroleum industry


- Vehicle service stations
- Indepedent repair shops
- Vehicle parts wholesalers and distributors
- Bus and transport companies
- Organisation that maintain their own vehicles
- Government departments
- Carbonated soft-drink industry
- Self employment

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