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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

Fitters and turners can start their own business if they have the necessary funds and machinery.

Entry Requirements

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

N2 Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawings
Fitting and Machining 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 41 weeks. During these 41 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


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 planing machines. Finally they fit the parts required to complete the machine or article and inspect and test the final assembly for true fit.

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