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The work of the millwright is both mechanical and electrical. It involves dismantling, fault detection and repairing of, for example, electric motors, which the millwright will dismantle, and test, checking wiring and determining power output and consumption. The millwright also maintains, reconstructs and installs heavy machinery, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear. With the trend to automation, this trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied in the control of heavy electrically driven equipment. A millwright must have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machine componenets and manufacture parts as required.
A millwright usually works in the production section of plants, but sometimes has to perform tasks in the workshop. Conditions and benefits are similar to those of other trades people.
MINING - MILLWRIGHT
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of:
Electrical Trade Theory
GR 12 Mathematics
* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted
Working conditions vary from one job to another.
- Large engineering works
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.