Engineering Practicals Skills Modules


Only 2% of all private and public TVET colleges have the facilities and capabilities to offer a practical component with their engineering studies, BUT a staggering 90% of the students that receives practical are employed.

- Stats SA / / Employment figures released

Practical skills are crucial for engineering studies. Employers have expressed that graduates are well prepared in theory but lack the practical skills when applying engineering concepts in practice. With this recent industry drive, our own internal focus on practical integration to make our students more employable and our recent acquisition of AITF, we now offer a practical module for our main engineering study industries as a optional extra. Our practical training are accredited by the relevant SETAs such as the merSeta, CHIETA, CETA, EWCETA and other. Each practical module is unit standard based and are designed to support the student in practically applying their theory thus increasing their employment opportunities. Practical hours achieved will count towards their required hours for their national diploma.

 

The long and short of it.


 


Industry wants it.


Industry has expressed concerns around the lack of practical application in the nated engineering studies and the need of bringing back the practical components of the engineering studies.

 

 

 

The employment figures speak for themselves.


Recent employment figures released by Stats SA shows that only 2% of TVET colleges can offer a practical component with their engineering studies, BUT a staggering 90% of the students that receives practical are employed.

 

 

What can you do?


We provide practical modules for both N1-N3 level, (Beginner) and N4-N6 level (Advanced) within our main areas of study. Each program has been carefully compiled to ensure that it is aligned to their theoretical syllabus allowing the student to apply their knowledge in practice.

 

Beginner Level Programs (N1-N3), Done On-Campus

You can complete 3 weeks of BEGINNER level optional practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N1 or before N3 and will count towards your practical hours required to write the trade test. Beginner level practicals are done on-campus. The following programs are available.

Brick laying & Plastering Plumbing Electrician/Electrical Fitting & Machining Motor Mechanics – Petrol & Diesel

This program covers basic knowledge and experience for the trades of: Bricklayer, plasterer, terrazzo worker and wall tilers. It will cover the following modules:

  • Module 1: Hand Tools – uses and care: the basic and essential hand tools used within the Bricklaying & Plastering trade will be covered.
  • Module 2: Building materials – recognition: the various types of sands and stones, as well as sizes of the aggregate for different uses in the various trades will be demonstrated.
  • Module 3: Tests, including the object of such tests – site tests on materials: cleanliness of aggregates, slump tests, Portland cement tests on tensile strength and setting time will be demonstrated.
  • Module 4: Construction – including preparation, precautions and basic principles will be covered: basic setting out of structures, bonding patterns of brick work, tiled and plaster finishes.

This program is aimed at providing the student with the plumbing ability and knowledge to be equipped for an apprenticeship and be able to fit into a contractor’s environment.

  • Module 1: Hand Tools – uses and care: the basic and essential hand tools used within the Plumbing trade will be covered.
  • Module 2: Plumbing materials – basic recognition of copper, brass, lead, mild steel, cast iron, tin & zinc, aluminium and stainless steels will be demonstrated.
  • Module 3: Water proofing – connections, flashing soldering and welding exercises.
  • Module 4: Construction – basic setting out, joining of connections, hot and cold water supplies installations will be simulated.

This program is aimed at providing the student with the basic elecricians ability and knowledge to be equipped for an apprenticeship and be able to fit into a contractor’s environment. It will cover the following modules:

  • Module 1: Hand Tools – uses and care: the basic and essential hand tools used within the Electrical trade will be covered.
  • Module 2: Safety and First aid – safe use of hand tools, safety around electrical circuits, practical experiments on magnetism and transformers and batteries
  • Module 3: Conductor materials – recognition of conductors, cables and wire ways.
  • Module 4: Construction – basic laying out, wiring, and chasing finishes, wiring if circuits, testing of currents.
  • Module 5: Introduction into electronics – practical identifying of items like pre-set resistors, capacitors, diodes, and colour codes.

This Fitting & Machining program is an introductory practical exposure to typical machines like; bench grinders, pedestal drills, milling machines and lathes.

  • Module 1: Hand Tools – uses and care: the basic and essential hand tools used within the Fitting & Turning trade will be covered.
  • Module 2: Ferrous & non-ferrous materials – recognition and basic characteristics of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and plastics used in the manufacturing industry will be trained by samples.
  • Module 3: Tests – measuring and marking off using precision instruments and testing of accuracy will be practiced.
  • Module 4: Construction – basic drilling, grinding, and lathe cutting finishes will be practised.

This module is a combined practical introduction program for petrol, diesel, motor cycle, and construction plant engines. The following will be covered.

  • Module 1: Hand Tools – uses and care: the basic and essential hand tools used within the Motor Mechanics trade will be covered.
  • Module 2: Principals of Operations - Principals of operation of 2 stroke and four stroke motors, petrol verses diesel combustion and normal fuel aspiration versus injection examples will be used for quick recognition.
  • Module 3: Drive Systems - various clutches and gear combination as well as engine mounting orientation will be diagnosed.
  • Module 4: Fault Finding – identify and correct: basic typical faults on all the variations of the studied engines will be practiced.

 

Advanced Level Practicals (N4-N6), Done OFF-Campus
You can complete 3 weeks of optional ADVANCED practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N4 or before N6 and will count towards your practical hours required to write the trade test. Advanced level practicals are done at our Kempton Park campus.

Electrical Engineering Civil/Building Engineering Mechanical Engineering

PLEASE NOTE: This course is aligned to qualification 63789 - National Certificate: Electrical Engineering    

  • US 9839 - Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment, 
  • US 11954 - Design and construct a single phase circuit, 
  • US 10252 - Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools,
  • US 113877 - Understand fundamentals of electricity,
  • US 10254 - Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures
  • Solar plumbing instillation (5 day)
  • Solar plumbing inspection (5 day)
  • Practical land surveying & setting out (5 day)
  • US 243064 - Weld carbon steel workpieces, using the gas metal arc welding process in all positions (15 days)

    OR

  • Advanced CNC machining – Consolidated engineering (15 day)

 

 

The Workshops.


We maintain fully equipped practical workshops at our campus for N1-N3 and an advanced practical facility in Kempton park, JHB for the N4-N6 programs. View the gallery below taken from site.

 

Plumbing
Boilermaker and Sheet Metal
Welding
Electrical
Building & Construction