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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

Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical 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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