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MINING - FITTER (INCLUDING MACHINERY)

Fitter jobs suit people who are technically and mechanically inclined, like problem solving and good with their hands. A fitter is responsible for assembling and fitting metal parts and other materials involved during equipment and machinery production by welding and brazing.  You are responsible for the planning, designing and overseeing of the machinery’s installation, operation, development and maintenance. The production areas and workshops for  fitter jobs are usually dusty, hot and loud. Therefore, you should be in good physical condition when doing this type of work considering that you will be spending most of your day on your feet.

Preparation. Fitters need to have a thorough knowledge regarding every aspect of the machines they are working on. This is important because you need to know which parts would fit on the machine before starting with the assembly. It is therefore essential for all fitter jobs that you are able to read and interpret engineering drawings.

Assembly. After a thorough planning on a project, the mechanical fitter can proceed with the equipment assembly.  You don’t need to assemble each portion of the machinery. Your duties simply involve assembling and fitting parts assigned to you. 

Maintenance. In order to guarantee that machine parts are functioning properly, the fitter is also responsible for the maintenance of the machine parts assigned. You are required to do a regular inspection to determine if things are working properly. Frequency of inspections usually depends on the employer’s needs.

Entry Requirements

It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of a minimum Grade 12 with: 

Maths
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Mechanical Technology

OR
 
N2 Technical qualification with relevant subjects i.e.:

- Mathematics
- Engineering Science
- Engineering Drawings
- Fitting Theory

Career Outlook

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.

Candidates must be in possession of or able to obtain a certificate of fitness.  They must be able and willing to work shifts, standby and call outs when required.

It is also expexcted from the candiate to be able to cope with pressure, be innovative & a self-starter as well as to identify faults without supervision.

Employer

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

Institutional Training and Workplace Experience

The learner is engaged by the company, registered for training within 3 days and scheduled for basic training in co-operation with DSIH. The company issues the learner with a toolbox and protective clothing and gives the learner full induction training.


Year 1 - Basic Training
The learner attends basic training at DSIH as soon as possible after engagement, where the learner spends approximately 12 weeks and completes the modular basic skills training course as well as a course in first aid. At the end of the course and before returning to the mine the learner is issued with an on-job training programme.

On completion of basic training the learner returns to the employer where they will be placed under the supervision of an artisan / foreman who will ensure that the practical skills of the learner are further developed in accordance with the on-job training programme. The learner should complete approximately half of the compulsory assessments prior to attending advanced training at DSIH in their second year.

Year 2 - Advanced Training
During the learner's second year of learnership, the learner will be recalled to DSIH for approximately 12 weeks to do an advanced training course. 

Year 3 - Final Phase Training
During the third year of training the learner will be recalled for approximately 12 weeks to DSIH for final phase training just prior to the qualifying assessment.
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