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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, we now offer a practical module for our main engineering study industries as an optional extra. We are accredited by the relevant SETAs such as the merSeta, CHIETA, CETA, EWCETA and other. Each practical module is unit standard based and 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?


The NATED N1-N6 Engineering qualifications cover levels N1-N6 and is designed to provide the theory of Engineering and an optional practical component. You can attain a National Certificate or Diploma once you have worked 24 months (2000 working hours) in your field of study. This qualification consist of one compulsory part (N1-N6 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6) 

 

PART 2, Basic Practicals (Optional Extra, Done On-Campus)
You can complete 1 week of optional practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N1 or before N3 and you will be given a certificate and logbook of the components that you have completed. 

Building/Civils Plumbing Electrician/Electrical Fitting & Machining Motor Mechanics – Petrol & Diesel Welding

Building skills:

  • Bricklaying and Plastering trade tools and uses
  • Demonstrate and practice various building bonds
  • Building of English / Flemish and Stretcher bonds – quoins and junctions
  • Practical plastering exercises
  • Various building material and concrete mixes (proportions)

Civils:

  • Building roof truss

Waste water;

  • Use of PVC waste piping and services
  • Sloping and Laying of PVC Piping

Fresh water;

  • Fitting and piping of geyser
  • Install of Hot and Cold water reticulation to geyser

Rain water;

  • Roller / Guillotine / Bending profiles
  • Profiling of gutters
  • Threading of 20 and 25 mm galvanised pipe using threading cutting machine

Single Phase - 220V

  • Wiring of premises
  • Identify and select equipment for installation
  • Interpret electrical wiring diagram
  • Install equipment and complete wiring
  • Test and measure electrical wiring
  • Commission and ensure compliance

Lathe Machine:

  • Specific safety rules related to operating a lathe
  • Operating techniques of a lathe
  • Tool bits for skimming / polishing
  • Drilling and tapping
  • Basic screw cutting

Milling Machine:

  • Specific safety rules related to operating a milling machine
  • Operating techniques of a milling machine
  • End milling / Slab milling / Fly cutting / Drilling and reaming / Boring / Slotting and Saw Milling

Engine function and principles and safety

  • Identification of engine components and functionality
  • Strip engine block and reassemble
  • Inspect Crank / Pistons / Bearings

 

Gearbox

  • Strip gearbox and re-assemble

 

Transmission

  • Check and inspect prop shaft and universal joints

Arc-Welding:

  • Equipment safety and identification
  • Amperage setting – for depth welding
  • Joining samples by space welding
  • Chipping practice – Cleaning weld area
  • Space welding: Horizontal, Vertical, Continuous welding and assemblies

 


 

PART 3, Advanced Practicals Mechanical (Optional Extra, Done On-Campus)
You can complete 1 week of optional ADVANCED practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N4 or before N6 and you will be given a certificate and logbook of the components that you have completed. 

Advanced Surveying Advanced Plumbing Systems Electrical Engineering Fitting and Machining Motor Mechanics Welding

Civil:

  • Survey and set out on sloping land and terraces.

Advanced Building techniques:

  • Use of Lintels / Building bonds and Arches
  • Building Columns and Piers, retaining walls.
  • Build brick wall and fit window frame and door frame

Advanced Plumbing:
 

 

Building / Plumbing and Civil:

  • Operational safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Plumbing:

  • Modern connection systems to water supply systems
  • Pipe bending
  • Installation of residential grey-water recovery systems
  • Alternative to installation of gutters and downpipes

3 Phase Theory and practical (380V):

  • Personal Protective Equipment

3 Phase: Star-Delta wiring and testing

  • Install contactors / overloads / timer / isolator / switch / and start-stop components
  • Wire star-delta panel from electrical drawing
  • Trace and ensure wiring is correct using a multi-meter measuring instrument

3 Phase: Forward Reverse wiring and testing

  • Install contactors / overloads / timer / isolator / switch / and start-stop components
  • Wire forward reverse panel from electrical drawing
  • Trace and ensure wiring is correct using a multi-meter measuring instrument

3 Phase: Direct on Line wiring and testing

  • Install contactors / overloads / timer / isolator / switch / and start-stop
  • Wire direct online panel from electrical drawing
  • Trace and ensure wiring is correct using a multi-meter measuring instrument

Single Phase: Wiring of premises

  • Geyser and stove wiring and testing – Extension from Basic course

Lathe Machine:

  • Specific safety rules related to operating a lathe
  • Operating techniques of a lathe
  • Tool bits for skimming / polishing
  • Drilling and tapping
  • Basic screw cutting

 

Milling Machine:

  • Specific safety rules related to operating a milling machine
  • Operating techniques of a milling machine
  • End milling / Slab milling / Fly cutting / Drilling and reaming / Boring / Slotting and Saw Milling

Engine and systems

  • Personal Protective Equipment

 

Motor mechanic fundamentals

  • Identification of all operational components
  • Strip and re-assemble engine block
  • Strip and re-assemble block head
  • Strip clutch and reassemble
  • Strip and reassemble gearbox
  • Brake System:
    • Check disk and brake drums and bleed system
  • Steering Mechanism:
    • Idler arms
    • Rack & pinion.
  • Suspension types:
    • Coil springs vs blade springs
    • McPherson struts

Arc Welding Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Revise basic techniques
  • Flat / Horizontal / Vertical / Overhead
  • Intermittent Butt Weld
  • Prepare surface for penetration welds
  • Filling gaps with multiple bead welding
  • Reading drawings: Welding symbols, fillet welds, assembly profiles

 

Oxyacetylene Welding Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Identification of Oxy-Acetylene equipment
    • Flashback arrestors / Regulators / Gauges
    • Brazing – Types fluxes
    • Welding flame types
    • Forehand welding
    • Assembly of profiles
    • Oxy-Acetylene cutting.

 

 

Mechanical Workshop.


The NATED N1-N6 Mechanical Engineering qualification covers levels N1-N6 and is designed to provide the theory of Mechanical Engineering and an optional practical component. You can attain a National Certificate or Diploma once you have worked 24 months (2000 working hours) in your field of study. This qualification consist of one compulsory part (N1-N6 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6)

   

 

 

Civil Workshop.


The NATED N1-N6 Civil Engineering qualification covers levels N1-N6 and is designed to provide the theory of Civil Engineering and an optional practical component. You can attain a National Certificate or Diploma once you have worked 24 months (2000 working hours) in your field of study. This qualification consist of one compulsory part (N1-N6 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6)

   

 

 

Electrical Workshop.


The NATED N1-N6 Civil Engineering qualification covers levels N1-N6 and is designed to provide the theory of Civil Engineering and an optional practical component. You can attain a National Certificate or Diploma once you have worked 24 months (2000 working hours) in your field of study. This qualification consist of one compulsory part (N1-N6 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6)

  

 

 

 

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