What are the duties and tasks of a Fitter and Turner?
- Assembles and fits components for machinery;
- Maintains and repairs machinery;
- Uses blueprints/plans to measure material for production;
- Monitors machinery and repairs faults;
- Fits parts required to complete the machine;
- Drills and taps holes;
- Overhauls valves;
- Tension and align V-belts;
- Uses machinery (such as lathe and milling machine) to manufacture components.
What skills and abilities are required to become a Fitter and Turner?
- Good at working with your hands;
- Must be very mechanically-minded;
- Must be able to take exact measurements and work accurately;
- Must be mathematically-minded;
- Must be able to concentrate under noisy working conditions;
- Be able to read three-dimensional drawings.
What are the working conditions of a Fitter and Turner?
A Fitter and Turner generally works in noisy, dirty and sometimes crowded conditions. There are many physical demands in the job, such as: standing and crouching for periods of time, which can be tiring. A Fitter and Turner also occasionally works overtime on public holidays, as well as on weekends and nights.
What are the minimum entry requirements to study Fitting and Turning at a TVET College?
At a TVET College, the normal entrance requirements for the Fitting and Turning course are:
- NC(V) Programme:
A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.
- NATED Programme:
N4 admission - Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics + college requirements set per programme OR an NC(V) Level 4 Certificate in Engineering and Related Design.
What should I do if I want to study Fitting and Turning?
- Visit or contact a TVET College nearest to you to enquire about the entrance requirements for the Fitting and Turning course;
- Visit Fitting and Turning training centres or companies to gain more knowledge about the field and what it entails;
- Contact DHET Career Development Services to provide you with free quality career information, advice and counselling services on 086 999 0123 or e-mail : [email protected]
- Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career in Fitting and Turning is for you;
- Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms.