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FITTER

Entry Requirements

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

N2 Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawings
Fitting Theory

OR

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

OR
GR 12 Mathematics
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Mechanical Technology

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

Career Outlook

Typically, fitters work as time-based wage employees who work on-site for their employer. Alternatively, fitters may work as sub-contractors, often for labour hire firms, and travel from workplace to workplace as required.

Depending on their specialisation, fitters may be required to carry out tasks as simple as adjusting a belt or switch on a machine in a factory or as complex as fully dismantling, repairing and reassembling a machine worth hundreds of thousands of rands.

Employer

- Large engineering works
- Large industrial plants
- Factories
- Shipyards
- Transnet
- Mines
- Organisations such as Mittal, Eskom and Sasol

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 25 weeks. During these 25 weeks we will focus on their skills, their understanding of the subject as well as knowledge required to be declared competent as an electrician.

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

 

A fitter is an engineering specialist who installs, maintains and/or repairs machines, plant and equipment for a large variety of industries such as manufacturing, aeronautical, maritime, mining, food processing and medical services (e.g. hospitals).


The range and type of work carried out by fitters is as vast and varied as the various industries they service.   The main tasks of a fitter are:

- Installation

 

- Routine maintenance


- Faultfinding and repair of equipment

 

- Reconditioning or overhaul of equipment

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