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False Bay College Engineering

Occupational Certificate: Boilermaker


Westlake Campus
About this programme


A qualified student will be able to:

  • Interpret drawings and develop patterns and templates
  • Select, care for and use/operate trade-related hand tools, equipment and machines
  • Cut and weld materials and components for fabrication
  • Fabricate components and/or structures
  • Erect and assemble plate and pipe components and structures
Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

NQF Level 1 with Mathematics and Science.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

This qualification articulates with qualifications to be developed within the mechanical trades related to the following occupations:

  • Boilermaker supervisor
  • Fabricator
  • Boilermaker trainer
  • Welder
  • Sheetmetal worker


This is a 3-year programme. Students rotate between time spent at College and time in industry.

Course Content

Course content

Knowledge Modules

  • Introduction to Boilermaker Trade, NQF Level 4
  • Boilermaker Tools, Equipment, Machines and Materials,
    NQF Level 4
  • Fabrication and Pipework,
    NQF Level 4
  • Assembling and Joining,
    NQF Level 4
  • Cutting and Welding, NQF Level 4
  • Boilermaker’s Drawings,
    NQF Level 4

Practical Skill Modules

  • Visualise structures and components and develop templates according to set tolerances and/or standards whilst applying safety measures,
    NQF Level 4
  • Maintain and use tools, equipment and machinery, NQF Level 4
  • Weld and gas-cut components required for fabrication of a specific task such as metal pipes, construction and fabricated plate work and conduct visual and mechanical inspections for compliance with legal requirements, NQF Level 4
  • Accurately manipulate and fabricate profiles and fabricate metal sections using heating and cold bending processes whilst applying safety measures,
    NQF Level 4
  • Accurately erect, assemble and repair metal structures whilst applying safety measures,
    NQF Level 4

Work Experience Modules

This qualification also requires the following work experience modules:

  • Pattern and template development processes, NQF Level 4
  • Tools, equipment and machinery maintenance and operation processes, NQF Level 4
  • Workshop or on-site cutting and welding processes, NQF Level 4
  • Fabrication, assembling and repairing of metal components and structures, NQF Level 4
  • Assembling and erecting of structures and components,
    NQF Level 4
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