National Certificate (Vocational) Engineering & Related Design: Welding

About this programme:

The National Certificate (Vocational) offers learners a vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10-12 by offering specialised training on NQF levels 2-4.

If you would like to qualify with a specialised NQF level 4 certificate that will enable you to find relevant employment once qualified, the National Certificate (Vocational) is for you.

In the South African context, sugar mills, oil refineries, mines, harbours and ports and agricultural industries all require various steel components and maintenance. This programme will equip you with the skills to fabricate and produce steel components to meet the demand and requirements of industry.

How is the programme structured?

The National Certificate (Vocational) is a three year qualification made up of three certificates obtained in NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What will I learn?

The Fundamentals subjects (Levels 2,3,4) are:

-English First Additional Language
-Life Orientation
-Mathematics

The Vocational subjects for the National Certificate (Vocational) Welding (Level 2-4) are:

• Welding (Levels 3,4)
• Engineering practice and maintenance (Level 3)
• Materials technology (Level 3)
• Engineering graphics and design (CAD) (Level 3)
• Engineering processes (Level 4)
• Professional engineering practice (Levels 4)
• Applied engineering technology (Level 4)

Engineering Practice and Maintenance (Level 3)

This subject deals with solutions for design problems and conflict and also with ethics in the workplace. Learners are to design, develop and evaluate a prototype for a given engineering problem. Fault finding and plant maintenance.

Materials Technology (Level 3)

This subject covers ferrous metals, their composition and characteristics and the various processes of manufacturing steel. Identify the differences in ferrous metal processing, demonstrate knowledge of heat treatment and evaluating properties of materials through testing.

Engineering Graphics and Design (CAD) (Level 3) (Drawing and Design) (Level 3)

This subject provides learners with the necessary skills for using and creating drawing language, freehand, isometric, orthographic projection and computer drawings. Handling of CAD programmes in various aspects is also covered.

Engineering Processes (Level 4)

The learner learns how to carry out a service and record the results. He learns about component dismantling and assembling, how to operate engineering machines and carry out machining processes. He learns about computer aided machine (CAM) and equipment and to identify different joining systems and to select appropriate joining methods.

Professional Engineering Practice (Levels 4)

The learner will learn how to identify ethical engineering workplace responsibilities, the function, philosophy and process of engineering design. To interpret sketches, graphs and drawings of engineering structures and mechanisms and to identify and explain different computer hardware devices and their functions in the engineering field.

Applied Engineering Technology (Level 4)

This program explains the principles of mechanical engineering. To design and construct a prototype, solve a given design problem and construct a control system to solve a given design problem.

Welding (Levels 3,4)

The learner will learn and practice the theory and practical principles of arc welding (fillet welding), shielded metal arc welding, gas cutting and gas welding.

What are the entrance requirements?

The minimum entrance requirement for the National Certificate (Vocational) at Level 3 on the NQF is a Level 2 or equivalent

Which campus is this course offered at?

Westlake Campus

How do I enrol?

You will be required to complete a Career, Maths and English assessment in order to apply for this programme. Contact the campus to book an assessment.