Find Out More – Fitting and Turning

Course: Fitting and Turning

Trade Title: Fitter and Turner

OFO No: 652302

Accreditation Body: Quality Council for Trades and Occupations

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What is a Fitter and Turner?

Fitter and Turners are highly skilled craftspeople who manufacture, construct, assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles, installations and other apparatus or articles.

Fitter and Turners are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of such equipment.

Specialization in different areas, namely:

  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Turner Machinist
  • Fitter Welders

What does a Fitter and Turner do?

  • Maintaining equipment
  • Taking accurate measurements
  • Teaming up with machinists
  • Machining of components
  • Assembling metal components
  • Drilling
  • Planning Machines
  • Fit Parts
  • Makes sure of safety at all times 
  • Works according to government regulations

Personal Qualities Required:

  • Interested in fitting and turning
  • Physically fit and agile
  • Observant
  • Responsible
  • Strong hand-eye coordination
  • A Person with an eye for detail
  • A Person with good color vision
  • Good with your hands
  • A Person with excellent judgement
  • Safety conscious
  • Self-motivated

How to become a Fitter and Turner?

Entry Requirements:

    • 16 years of age; and 
    • Grade 10 (Standard 8); or
    • Grade 11 (Standard 9) or Matric (Standard 10) with Maths and Science would be preferred; and
    • N2 qualification:
      • If you have passed grade 12 with a Maths and Science pass rate of more than 40%, you will only need to write and pass 2 of the 4 subjects (Engineering Drawing and Trade Theory) to obtain your N2 qualification.
      • If you have not passed the Grade 12 Maths and Science exam, then you would need to enroll for all 4 subjects (Maths, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing and Trade Theory) to obtain your N2 qualification.

Training Requirements:

  • You will need to obtain institutional learning at a training institution like Artisan Training Institute, in order for all your modules to be performed in the presence of and signed off by a registered Training Officer as competent. All modules passed will be signed off in your Logbook by the Training Officer.
  • Your Phase I would typically last around 12 weeks, after which you would need to obtain experiential (on-the-job) training for a period of 9 months, working under supervision of a registered Artisan at an accredited workplace. The Artisan will sign off all the relevant workplace modules performed on the job. 
  • Your Phase II will commence thereafter for a period of 12 weeks.  Once again you would need to continue your on-the-job training as mentioned above for another period of 9 months.
  • Once all the relevant modules in both your Off-the-Job Logbook (training institute) and On-the-Job Logbook have been successfully completed and signed off, you will be able to apply to write the Trade Test. 
  • Upon the successful demonstration to the QCTO that all the requirements for writing the Trade Test have been met, will your Trade Test date be issued.
  • Your Phase III will prepare you for the Trade Test and will last for up to 8 weeks. 

Fitting and Turning Phase 1

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This course consists of Phase 1. It counts towards a credited Turning Qualification which consists of both Theory and Practical Workplace Training. This online part of the course covers the Theory only.

The courses are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) of South Africa.

Fitting and Turning Phase 2

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This course consists of Phase 2. It counts towards a credited Turning Qualification which consists of both Theory and Practical Workplace Training. This online part of the course covers the Theory only.

The courses are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) of South Africa.