Engineering Centre of Excellence

With more than 30 years experience between our team at the  Engineering Centre of Excellence, The College has applied to the *Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and to *UMALUSI for programme approval for the following occupational trades and engineering programmes:  

Occupational Programme Title NQF Level Credit Value
Occupational Certificate: Automotive Motor Mechanic Level 4 540
Occupational Certificate: Electrician Level 4 360
Occupational Certificate: Plumber Level 4 360
Occupational Certificate: Welder Level 4 373

*Programme Approval pending from QCTO and UMALUSI

OCCUPATIONAL CERTIFICATE: AUTOMOTIVE MOTOR MECHANIC (NQF LEVEL 04 - 540 CREDITS)

SAQA ID 97990

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

It is recommended that learners have achieved the following in order to access this Qualification: 

  • NQF Level 1 qualification with a pass in Mathematics

Duration:  3 years full time

The Occupational Certificate in Automotive Motor Mechanic qualification is designed to provide learners with skills needed in the automotive industry, such as the maintenance and repair of vehicles to enable customers to use their vehicles productively, cost-effectively and safely, and to obtain the maximum benefit from their investment as well as complying with legal obligations relating to the condition and use of their vehicles. Learners may also be involved in activities such as routine scheduled services, the repair or replacement of components and parts, and the diagnosing and repair of system faults in a variety of types and models of automotive vehicles, including the assembling, testing and commissioning of new or reconditioned parts for automotive vehicles.

The automotive maintenance and repair industry provides essential services to users of automotive motor vehicles. The main users in South Africa are the general public, public entities and commercial organisations owning vehicle fleets used for a variety of purposes. 

The construction of automotive vehicles has become very complex and the engineering has become a sophisticated integration of mechanical, electric, electronic, networking and electronic management systems (computers). In response, the work of the mechanic has shifted from primarily performing mechanical and electrical repairs to diagnosing faults using electronic management systems, and pinpointing and then replacing defective components. Owing to warranty and safety considerations, Original Equipment Manufacturers set stringent standards for the servicing, maintenance and repair of the vehicles. This qualification is designed to equip qualifying learners to meet these standards. 

The following areas of specialisation are included in this programme:

Theoretical component (108 Credits):

  • Workplace fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, 9 Credits.
  • Foundational concepts for mechanics, at NQF Level 2, 14 Credits.
  • Vehicle and equipment fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • Basic engine systems, at NQF Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • Vehicle, equipment and propulsion systems, at NQF Level 3, 13 Credits.
  • Electrical systems and basic electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic principles, at NQF Level 3, 16 Credits.
  • Advanced vehicle and equipment systems, at NQF Level 4, 30 Credits.
  • Problem solving and engine optimisation, at NQF Level 4, 10 Credits. 

Practical Component (162 Credits):

  • Work safely and respond to emergencies, at NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • Use tools and equipment, at NQF Level 2, 26 Credits.
  • Cut and join metals, at NQF Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • Remove and install mechanical components (gaskets, seals, bearings and locking devices), at NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • Work with auto-electric and auto-electronic components, at NQF Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • Work with fluid power components, at NQF Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • Maintain and service vehicles and vehicle components, at NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • Dismantle, assess and reassemble engines and engine sub-assemblies, at NQF Level 3, 15 Credits.
  • Dismantle, assess and reassemble vehicle sub-assemblies, at NQF Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • Remove, test, repair and refit engines and vehicle components, at NQF Level 3, 7 Credits.
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle systems, at NQF Level 4, 46 Credits.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical systems, at NQF Level 4, 14 Credits.
  • Diagnose and repair electronically controlled vehicle systems, at NQF Level 4, 19 Credits.


Work Experience component (270 Credits):

  • Routine scheduled services, at NQF Level 2, 18 Credits.
  • Removal and replacement of engine sub-systems (including batteries), at NQF Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • Removal and replacement of vehicle sub-systems, at NQF Level 3, 16 Credits.
  • Engine removal and installation processes, at NQF Level 3, 20 Credits.
  • Repair processes (gearboxes, differentials and engines), at NQF Level 3, 28 Credits.
  • Diagnosis and repair of electrical systems (charging, starting, lighting and auxiliary), at NQF Level 4, 36 Credits.
  • Diagnosis and repair of engines and engine sub-systems, at NQF Level 4, 36 Credits.
  • Diagnosis and repair of brake systems, at NQF Level 4, 40 Credits.
  • Diagnosis and repair of drive train systems, at NQF Level 4, 28 Credits.
  • Diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension systems, at NQF Level 4, 36 Credits 36. 

After successful completion of this qualification learners will be able to:

  • Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on petrol and diesel road vehicles.
  • Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and assemble petrol and diesel road vehicle engine and vehicle system components.
  • Diagnose and repair faults in petrol and diesel engines and vehicle systems and their components. 

Programme delivery comprises classroom theory, practical’s, workplace experience and trade testing at completion.

Foundational learning competence is a pre-requisite for the awarding this qualification. 

OCCUPATIONAL CERTIFICATE: ELECTRICIAN (NQF LEVEL 04 - 360 CREDITS)

SAQA ID 91761

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

It is recommended that learners have achieved the following in order to access this Qualification: 

  • NQF Level 1 qualification with a pass in Mathematics and Science
  • Foundational Learning Competency Programme

Duration:  3 years full time

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Electrician. Electricians plan, prepare install, test, connect, commission, maintain, alter and repair electrical equipment, wiring and control systems and apply the knowledge and skills obtained, in a variety of contexts.

The entry requirements of the Qualification will allow learners leaving the general schooling system after Grade 9 to gain access to the qualification. Electricians qualified through this qualification will be able to plan, prepare, install, maintain, commission and fault find a range of equipment and systems within a variety of electrical installations in the construction, manufacturing, chemical, energy, mining, municipal, agricultural and railway environments. The work experience modules were written to reflect all the different contexts that were prevalent in the various sectors and are aimed at producing an individual that is fully competent within the range of this curriculum. 

Various specialisation areas where a learner must first be qualified as a electrician were identified within the areas of metering, high voltage and medium voltage (HV and MV), live work, hazardous areas, medium and high voltage cable jointing, switching and protection. 

The following areas of specialisation are included in this programme:

Theoretical component (91 Credits):

  • Health, Safety, Quality and Legislation, NQF Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • Tools, Equipment and Materials, NQF Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • Electricity and Electronics, NQF Level 4, 13 Credits.
  • Industry Context, NQF Level 3, 2 Credits.
  • Wireways and Wiring, NQF Level 4, 11 Credits.
  • Rotating Electrical Machinery, NQF Level 4, 13 Credits.
  • Electrical Supply Systems and Components, NQF Level 4, 31 Credits.
  • Low Voltage Protection, NQF Level 4, 5 Credits.

Fault Finding, NQF Level 4, 3 Credits. 

Practical Component (113 Credits):

  • Use hand and power tools, NQF Level 3, Credits 22.
  • Plan and prepare the process for the wiring, connection, testing, inspecting, commissioning and maintaining electrical installations and control systems, NQF Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • Prepare worksite set up for installing, wiring and connecting electrical equipment and control systems, NQF Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • Install wireways, NQF Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • Install, wire and connect electrical equipment and control systems, NQF Level 4, Credits 38.
  • Conduct pre-commission inspection (power on and off) fault find and test new and existing installations, NQF Level 4, Credits 5.
  • Carry out commissioning tests, NQF Level 4, Credits 13.
  • Fault find and repair electrical control systems and electrical installations, NQF Level 4, Credits 22. 

    Work Experience component (156 Credits):
  • Planning and preparation process for the wiring, connecting, testing, inspecting, commissioning and maintaining of electrical installations and control systems, NQF Level 4, Credits 8.
  • Processes of installation, wiring and connection of electrical equipment and control systems, NQF Level 4, Credits 74.
  • Processes of testing and inspecting of electrical equipment, control systems and installations, NQF Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • Processes of commissioning electrical installations and control systems, NQF Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • Maintenance processes for electrical installations and control systems, NQF Level 4, 44 Credits. 

After successful completion of this qualification learners will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare work site, equipment, tools, consumables and materials for electrical activities and operations.
  • Install, wire and connect electrical equipment and control systems.
  • Test and inspect electrical equipment, control systems and installations.
  • Commission control systems and installations.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment, control systems and installations.

Programme delivery comprises classroom theory, practical’s, workplace experience and trade testing at completion.


Foundational learning competence is a pre-requisite for the awarding this qualification. 

OCCUPATIONAL CERTIFICATE: PLUMBER (NQF LEVEL 04 - 360 CREDITS)

SAQA ID 91782

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

It is recommended that learners have achieved the following in order to access this Qualification: 

  • NQF Level 3 qualification equivalent to N2 knowledge areas of Engineering Maths, Science and Building Drawings

Duration:  3 years full time

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a plumber. The plumber installs, maintains, tests and repairs hot and cold water supply systems, drainage, sewerage and rainwater systems.

The following areas of specialisation are included in this programme:

Theoretical component (91 Credits):

Practical Component (113 Credits):

Work Experience component (156 Credits):

After successful completion of this qualification learners will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare work site, equipment, tools, consumables and materials for electrical activities and operations.
  • Install, wire and connect electrical equipment and control systems.
  • Test and inspect electrical equipment, control systems and installations.
  • Commission control systems and installations.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment, control systems and installations.

Programme delivery comprises classroom theory, practical’s, workplace experience and trade testing at completion.


Foundational learning competence is a pre-requisite for the awarding this qualification. 

NATED Programme Title Level Minimum Credit Value
Electrical Engineering N1 – N3 120
Mechanical Engineering N1 – N3 120
Civil Engineering N1 – N3 120
NCOR N1