Blacksmith

 

 

OFO No: 652101

 

 

 

 

Other names for Blacksmith:

  • Architectural Metal Worker
  • Drop-hammer Worker
  • Hammer Smith
  • Metalsmith
  • Spring Maker
  • Tool Smith

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Youtube clip – A Day in the life of a Blacksmith

For training options in South Africa – scroll down

 

What is a Blacksmith?

A Blacksmith is a professional who works with metals such as iron, shaping them into useful or decorative shapes. Blacksmiths forge iron for industrial, commercial, domestic and artistic purposes. 

They may make, for example, balustrades for staircases and balconies, gates, ornate fences and furniture, or perhaps a decorative cross in a church.

Some Blacksmiths may specialise and become Farriers – see under Farrier on our website for more details.  

What does a Blacksmith do?

  • sketches, designs & does technical drawings
  • cuts and bends metal materials
  • works on metal bending machines
  • reinforces metal objects
  • repairs metal products

Are you … ?

  • interested in working with metal?
  • hard working?
  • good with your hands?
  • creative?
  • mathematically minded?
  • practical?

How do I become a Blacksmith?

PATH 1

  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test

PATH 2

  • Learnership – Foundry Operations (Foundry Melting) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test

PATH 3

  • Learnership – Foundry Operations (Metal Tooling) Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test

PATH 4

  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies: N1, N2 and N3
  • These can be done at many TVET (FET) colleges – Please go here to find your nearest college http://www.careerplanet.co.za/institutions
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test

PATH 5

  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test

PATH 6

  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Blacksmith without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Boiler Maker … or …Welder 

Is becoming an Blacksmith the right career choice for me?