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False Bay College Engineering

Occupational certificate:
Welder

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Westlake Campus
About this programme

ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME

This qualification is a listed trade qualification and falls within the Occupational Qualifications Framework of the NQF of South Africa.

Of specific importance is the fact that this qualification elevates training of Welders in South Africa to accepted international standards. The availability of this Welding qualification for training of trades persons to accepted international standards is regarded as an important resource to support national artisan development initiatives in South Africa.

The qualification ensures that a sound skills base is developed at artisan level that can serve as the foundation for achieving coded welding status required for the execution of specialised welds by industry.

    Minimum Admission requirements

    Minimum Admission requirements

    Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science

    Career Opportunities

    CAREER opportunities

    A wide range of industries in the South African economy employs welders, qualified as artisans, including companies in the manufacturing sector, mining, petrochemical as well as engineering contractors in large and small projects – including projects that are key to the economic development of South Africa such as power supply.

    This qualification addresses one of the key trades in which labour market shortages for skilled artisans are experienced. Reports of large numbers of welders contracted from other countries to address the scarcity of welding skills are common.

    Duration

    Duration

    This is a 3-year Programme. Students rotate between time spent at College and time spent in the workplace.

    Course Content

    Course content

    Knowledge Modules

    • Introduction to the welding trade, NQF Level 2
    • Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Protection,
      NQF Level 2
    • Welding schematics, calculations, welds and welded joints,
      NQF Level 2
    • Weld imperfections, NQF Level 2
    • Cutting and gouging, NQF Level 2
    • Welding consumable classification and handling, NQF Level 2
    • Metals and weldability of metals, NQF Level 3
    • Fusion welding, NQF Level 3
    • Arc welding, NQF Level 3
    • Gas welding and cutting,
      NQF Level 3
    • Welding codes, standards and parameters, NQF Level 4
    • Shrinkage, residual stress and distortion, NQF Level 4
    • Manual Metal Arc, MMA welding process, NQF Level 4
    • The Metal Inert Gas/Metal Active Gas/Flux Cored Arc, MIG/MAG/FCAW welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Manual Metal Arc, MMA welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Welding inspection and quality, NQF Level 4

    Practical Skill Modules

    • Fabricate simple components or work pieces, NQF Level 2
    • Cut, gouge and gas weld material manually, NQF Level 2
    • Perform fillet welds using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process, NQF Level 3
    • Perform fillet welds using the Gas Metal Arc Welding process,
      NQF Level 3
    • Perform fillet welds using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process, NQF Level 3
    • Perform plate butt welds using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Perform plate butt welds using the Gas Metal Arc Welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Perform plate butt welds using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Perform pipe welds using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process, NQF Level 4
    • Perform pipe welds using the Gas Metal Arc Welding process,
      NQF Level 4
    • Perform pipe welds using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process, NQF Level 4

    Work Place Modules

    This qualification also requires the following compulsory Work Experience Modules:

    • Cut and gouge a range of materials in the workplace,
      NQF Level 2
    • Produce a range of fillet welds using various welding processes in a workplace, NQF Level 4
    • Care for, control and handle consumables and materials in a workshop, NQF Level 2
    • Produce a range of plate welds using various welding processes in a workplace, NQF Level 4
    • Teamwork, communication and reporting in the workplace,
      NQF Level 3
    • Produce a range of pipe welds using various welding processes in a workplace, NQF Level 4
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