Mechanical Fitter

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).

Career Outlook

A Mechanical Fitter is responsible for fitting and assembling parts made from metal and other materials to make production machinery. 

He lays out, positions and secures parts and assemblies according to specifications, welds components using electricity or gas and installs or repairs equipment such as lead pipes, valves, floors and tank linings.

They work from detailed drawings using hand and machine tools.  Precise measuring is necessary. Their working environment can be very noisy, dirty or dangerous.

Essential Mechanical Fitter Skills
– Be meticulously accurate
– Enjoy working with his hands
– Be practical
– Have mathematical aptitude
– Concentrate under noisy working conditions
– Be responsible
– Be able to read three-dimensional drawings

Entry Requirements

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

Grade 12 with
– Mathematics (not Maths Literacy)
– Physical Science
– Technical Drawing
– Mechanical Technology

OR

N2 Technical qualification with relevant subjects:
– Mathematics
– Engineering Science
– Engineering Drawings
– Fitting Theory

OR

– NCV Level 4
– Completed 7 subjects
(50% or higher is required)

Course Outline

The course consists of the following modules:

INTRODUCTION TO FITTING TRADE INCL SAFETY
– Introduction to the fitting and turning trade
– Workplace health, safety and environmental protection

ENGINEERING DRAWINGS
– Freehand drawing
– Code of practice for engineering drawing (symbols and abbreviations)
– Drawing instruments and equipment
– Dimensioning methods
– Isometric drawings
– Assembly and detailed drawings

TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, SCREWS FASTENERS
– Engineering tools and equipment
– Types and applications of screw threads
– Types and function of locking devices and fasteners

WELDING AND MATERIALS
– Engineering materials
– Principles, equipment & methods of arc welding, gas cutting, brazing & silver soldering

SEALS, PUMPS, VALVES AND CONVEYORS
– Static and dynamic seals and gaskets
– Types and application of valves
– Types and application of pumps
– Types and functions of conveyors

BASIC LIFTING CONCEPTS
– Rigging (slings, block and tackle, chain block, steel ropes)
– Rigging concepts
– Loads selection and limitations

MAINTAIN AND ALIGN DRIVES
– Drives (direct and indirect)
– Terminology of drives
– Functions and working principle of drives

GEARBOXES, BRAKES AND CLUTCHES
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of gearboxes
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of clutches
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of brakes

LUBRICATION AND BEARINGS
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of lubrication systems
– Types and application of bearings

PNEUMATICS AND HYDRAULICS
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of hydraulic systems
– Mechanical working principles, types and applications of pneumatic system

DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES
– Diagnostic equipment
– Diagnostic techniques
– Diagnostic testing

Institutional Training

This program provides for delivery in a variety of modes, including:
– Self-paced delivery
– Classroom delivery
– Workplace experience
– Simulated workplace delivery
– Combined delivery with other related units

Learning Activities during Institutional Training
During the knowledge modules learners will be required to participate in various interactive activities, which were designed to equip them with the knowledge required. Some of the classroom learning activities may ask them to check their answers with their facilitator or to check them in the learning activities.

During the practical skills modules learners will be required to demonstrate that they can put their knowledge to practice by doing practical tasks in a well-equipped workshop and controlled learning environment. Progress will be monitored by the facilitator and eventually learners will be assessed against prescribed criteria to declare them competent against these practical modules.
Total duration of institutional training required for knowledge and practical skills modules is seven months. During these seven months we will focus on the assessment requirements they need to meet as well as the background knowledge required for successful engineering skills.
Individual learning progress will allow learners to complete the training at their own paste depending on previous exposure to similar knowledge and experience.

Workplace Experience
During the workplace skills modules learners will be mentored and monitored in an accredited workplace under the supervision of a mentor or subject matter expert to ensure that he/she is able to fault find, dismantle, maintain and repair mechanical equipment.

Trade Test
Once all the above modules have been addressed, the learner will be able to apply for trade test at Durnacol Skills Hub.

Employer

– Government departments
– Municipalities
– Factories
– Mines
– Industries
– Private engineering businesses
– Companies such as Arcellor Mittal, Eskom and Sasol
– Self-employment

Courses

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