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Architectural Practical Programs

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.

Students will participate in an optional program where they will be hosted in an external workshop. During this time they will design various components and carry this design all the way through the manufacturing process. Extra cost applies to Part-Time and Online students only.

Module 1: The Workshop Safety Module

The safety module will introduce the learner to the basics of workshop safety. This is an important and compulsory module for all student and a prerequisite for all the other modules. Workshop environments contain numerous tools and machinery that are potentially harmful and deadly if used incorrectly and it is imperative that learners follow the processes and procedures as set out by the instructors.

 

Module 1: Theory

  • Health and Safety Act & Legislation
  • Safety Plan & Procedure
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Use of PPE
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Module 2: Land Surveying and Building

During the Land surveying workshop, the learner will be introduced to the principles of building layout and site surveying. At the end of this module the learner will have the skills to set out foundations, use surveying tools and processes as well as apply basic triangulation and levelling techniques employed in surveying.

Part 1: Measurement & Setup

  • perform basic land surveying instruments and perform related calculations
  • set out foundations
  • set outbuildings
  • set out the building footprint from known points
  • transfer levels within a building
  • traverse survey technics
  • accurately set up a tripod and dumpy level

Part 2: Surveying Terminology

  • Planning
  • Prepare work piece
  • De-burr – remove all sharp edges from workpiece
  • Inspect work piece
  • Hand in workpiece for inspection to instructor.
  • Feedback
  • Next project will be handed out if student passed
  • Logbook

Module 3: Plumbing

The purpose of the plumbing module is to provide learners with underpinning knowledge and practical skills to work in the field of plumbing within the construction industry. This workshop will introduce learners to the basics of designing, setting out and creating of water waste systems in domestic construction. The learner will learn how to design the most efficient layout, how to select the appropriate materials and fittings and how to properly set out the design. By the end of this module the learner will have a basic understanding of the calculations required for designing a layout, choosing the correct materials and setting out your design.

Part 1: Layout & Design of the Water System

  • Design of the pipe system
  • Design COLD water reticulation system
  • Design HOT water reticulation system
  • Design with drawings and notes
  • Design and making of pipe joints, bends and elbows

Part 2: Measuring/Marking of pipes for the Water System

  • Take-off dimensions from drawings
  • Preparing, costing and estimating
  • Use basic hand tools in a correct and safe manner

Part 3: Cutting of pipes for the Water System

  • Measure and cutting of pipes for the various reticulation line systems
  • Install pipe runs and pipework for reticulation systems
  • Identify and select materials
  • Describe the properties of the main types of materials in use
  • Modify existing pipework to add a new appliance fitting
  • Alteration, repair and planned maintenance of existing systems

Part 4: Layout & Design of the Drainage System

  • Black water and grey water waste removal
  • Design of the pipe system
  • Design an effective drainage system within the given parameters
  • Design with drawings and notes using the correct terms and concepts
  • Describe the properties of the main types of materials in use
  • Design and making of pipe joints, bends and elbows
  • Ability to carry out simple mathematical equations 

Part 5: Measuring/Marking of pipes for the Drainage System

  • Take-off dimensions from drawings
  • Preparing, costing and estimating
  • Use basic hand tools in a correct and safe manner 
  • Measuring, cutting and fitting of pipes

Part 6: Cutting of pipes for the Drainage System

  • Select materials from given specifications
  • Set out and lay pipe runs and pipework connections for drainage systems
  • Modify existing pipework to add a new sanitary fitting
  • Application of basic tools

Module 4: Electrical Installation

The electrical installation modules will introduce the learners to the basics of domestic single phase electrical installations. During this workshop, the learners will learn how to design the most efficient layout, understand the calculations required for the layout, select the appropriate materials and fittings and how to properly set out the design. Further to this, the learner will also have experienced the physical laying of circuits for lighting as well as power outlet points on internal as well as external walls.

 

Part 1: Wiring of Premises

  • Apply basic points in SANS 10142 on electrical layouts, plan views and wiring diagrams
  • Work in accordance to SANS 10142 (Wiring of Premises) and SANS 10114 (Artificial lighting of interiors). Basic points only

Part 2: Electrical Diagrams and Calculations

  • Mathematical calculations required in the design of an electrical system
  • calculate values and quantities for single-phase and three-phase circuits
  • Basic electrical drawings to build or install basic electrical work
  • Take off dimensions from drawings and set out and install domestic single-phase circuits
  • Drawings and drawing equipment to create and communicate an electrical design effectively
  • Electrical diagrams on a basic level and set out circuits in layout building details
  • Single-phase power calculations in the basic design

Part 3: Identify and Select Electrical Components, Install Electrical Components (Basics)

  • Electrical components and components for basic installation
  • Select from supplier catalogues based on calculated figures, material properties, and client specifications
  • Use hand tools in a correct and safe manner and maintain the tools correctly throughout an installation
  • Identify, describe the properties and select materials from given specifications and for specific applications based on their technical properties
  • Set out cable runs and install cable for domestic single phase circuits
  • Fix and connect electrical accessories for domestic single phase circuits
  • Install accessories and terminating cables
  • Install electrical systems to national / local standards
  • Set out and install domestic single-phase power outlet circuits, lighting circuits and socket outlets
  • Terminate cables, install and connect accessories for single-phase circuits
  • Alterations to an existing installation
  • Carry out basic electrical tests for safety (voltage over live and neutral) and continuity tests
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