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Engineering Nated Practical 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. Each practical module is designed to support the student in practically applying their theory thus increasing their employment opportunities and understanding of their work.

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.

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The practical programs can be done on two levels, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6)

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.

Part 1: Foundational Program, 3 Days (Applicable to all students)

Workshop Health & Safety Theory:Full safety training program covering OHSA
Basic hand tools:
  • Use of hand tools and portable equipment applicable to specific trades
  • Portable machinery – Grinding machine / Cut-off machine / Drilling machine
  • Chisels /Hammers/Screwdrivers/Scribers/Punches/Socket Wrenches/Files/Vernier/ Callipers/Clamps
  • Measurement and marking – The application of “Marking Blue”
  • Basic Arc Welding
  • Assembly using space welding
  • Assembly using vertical welding
Applied practical hand skills:
  • Cutting of sample work pieces – Use of grinders and cut-off machine
  • Marking and measurements – Use of Vernier
  • Drilling and thread tapping – Use of centre punch and drilling sizes with wrench tapping
  • Assembly of work pieces
  • Pipe threading / Plate rolling and guillotine work

Part 2: Subject Specific Programs (Choose one in line with your studies)

Building/Civils (2 Days) Plumbing & Water Systems (2 Days) Electrician/Electrical (2 Days) Fitting & Machining (2 Days) Motor Mechanics – Petrol & Diesel (2 Days) Welding (2 Days)
Building:
  • 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
Electrician/Electrical (2 Days)
  • 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

Advanced Practicals (Optional Extra, Done On-Campus)

You can complete 1 week of optional ADVANCED practical hours within your field of study. This is done only after completion of N3.

Advanced Civil, Building & Plumbing Systems (5 Days) Advanced Electrical Systems (5 Days) Advanced Fitting and Machining (5 Days) Advanced Motor Mechanics (5 Days) Advanced Welding (5 Days)
Advanced Plumbing & Alternative Water Systems:
  • Modern connection systems to water supply systems
  • Pipe bending
  • Installation of residential grey-water recovery systems
  • Alternative to installation of gutters and downpipes
Site Surveying:
  • 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
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.
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