National Certificate (Vocational) Engineering & Related Design: Fitting and Turning

About this programme:

The National Certificate (Vocational) offers a vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10 to 12 by offering specialised training on NQF levels 2-4. 

If you would like to qualify with a specialised NQF level 4 certificate that will enable you to find relevant employment once qualified, the National Certificate Vocational is for you.

In the South African context, sugar mills, oil refineries, mines, harbours and ports and agricultural industries all require various steel components and maintenance. This programme will equip you with the skills to fabricate and produce steel components to meet the demand and requirements of industry.

How is the programme structured?
The National Certificate (Vocational) is a three year qualification made up of three certificates obtained in NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What will I learn? 

The Fundamentals subjects (Levels 2,3,4) are:

  • English First Additional Language
  • Life Orientation
  • Mathematics

The Vocational subjects for the National Certificate (Vocational) Engineering and Related Design (Fitting and Turning) (Level 2-4) are:

  • Engineering Fundamentals (Level 2)
  • Engineering Technology (Level 2)
  • Engineering Systems (Level 2)
  • Fitting and Machining (Level 2,3,4)
  • Materials Technology (Level 3)
  • Engineering graphics and design (CAD) (Level 3)
  • Professional Engineering Practice (Level 4)
  • Engineering Processes (Level 4)
  • Applied Engineering Technology (Level 4)

Engineering Fundamentals (Level 2)
This subject covers a broad range of aspects around work safety in the engineering field. It also teaches learners about the greater occupational areas and structures within the South African engineering and related design industry.

Engineering Technology (Level 2)
This subject covers details such as engineering hand and power tools and the use thereof. It also deals with measurement.

Engineering Systems (Level 2)

This subject teaches you the basic principles of hydraulics, pneumatics, automatic control systems and drivetrains.

Engineering Practice and Maintenance (Level 3)

This subject deals with solutions for design problems and conflict and also with ethics in the workplace. Learners are to design, develop and evaluate a prototype for a given engineering problem. Fault finding and plant maintenance.

Materials Technology (Level 3)

This subject explains ferrous metals, their composition and characteristics. Explain non-ferrous metals and their composition characteristics. Describe various processes of manufacturing steel. Identify the differences in ferrous metal processing, demonstrate knowledge of heat treatment and evaluating properties of materials through testing.


Engineering Graphics and Design (CAD) (Level 3) ( Drawing and Design) (Level 3)
This subject provides learners with the necessary skills for using and creating drawing language, freehand, isometric, orthographic projection and computer drawings. Handling of CAD programmes in various aspects is also covered.

Engineering Processes (Level 4)

The learner learns how to carry out a service and record the results. He learns about component dismantling and assembling, how to operate engineering machines and carry out machining processes. He learns about computer aided machine (CAM) and equipment and to identify different joining systems and to select appropriate joining methods.

Professional Engineering Practice (Levels 4)

The learner will learn how to identify ethical engineering workplace responsibilities, the function, philosophy and process of engineering design. To interpret sketches, graphs and drawings of engineering structures and mechanisms and to identify and explain different computer hardware devices and their functions in the engineering field.

Applied Engineering Technology (Level 4)

This program explains the principles of mechanical engineering. To design and construct a prototype, solve a given design problem and construct a control system to solve a given design problem.

Fitting and Machining (Levels 2,3,4)

This subject teaches learners how to operate and monitor drilling machines, milling machines, surface grinding machines and lathes. It also includes welding/joining of metals, heat exchangers and maintenance.

What are the entrance requirements?

The minimum entrance requirement for the National Certificate Vocational at Level 2 on the NQF is a Grade 9 Certificate or NQF Level 1 equivalent.

Which campus is this course offered at?

This programme is offered at Westlake Campus

How do I enrol?
You will be required to complete a Career, Maths and English assessment in order to apply for this programme. Contact the campus to book an assessment.