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If you can work accurately with your hands and you've got good concentration levels, this could be an ideal job for you.

Welders cut, shape and join sections of metal in a wide range of industries, such as construction and engineering, transport, aerospace, and offshore oil and gas. They also carry out repairs on manufacturing equipment and machinery.

In this job you will need to understand technical plans and work well on your own. You'll also need maths skills for working out measurements.

Career Outlook

As a welder, you would select and lay out materials to be cut or joined, follow engineering instructions and drawings, use the most suitable welding method for the job in hand, inspect and test cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments such as a micrometer and operate semi-automatic spot-welding equipment.

You will also work with metals and alloys.  You may also cut and joint composite materials, such as plastics, using specialist welding methods.  Common types of welding include oxyacetylene, MIG (metalinert gas), MMA (manual metal arc) and TIG (tungsten inert gas).

You would usually wear protective clothing, such as face-shield, apron and gloves.

Employer

- Mining companies
- Manufacturing companies
- Shipyards and Ships
- Oil Rigs
- Municipalities

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 33 weeks. During these 33 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

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 Welding Trade 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

WELDER

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