Welder

OFO No: 651202

What is a Welder?

  • Welders join pieces of metal together.  Heat is applied to metal pieces and this causes the metals to bond together.
  • Welders work with metal and know its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.

What does a Welder do?

  • fixes welds which have weakened and carries out general repairs
  • analyses engineering drawings
  • plans the layouts
  • assembles and welds operations
  • identifies damaged equipment and repairs them
  • checks angles and adjusts by re-welding or using hand tools
  • creates tools for welding by using mathematics and blueprint examinations

Other names for Welder:

  • Aircraft Welder
  • Arc Welder
  • Automotive Acetylene and Electrical Welder
  • Brazier
  • Carbon Dioxide Welder
  • Electric Arc Welder
  • Flame Cutter
  • Plate Layer
  • Plater-welder
  • Solderer and Brazer
  • Special Class Welder
  • Spot Welder Operator
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Tradesperson

See YouTube Clips below

How do I become a Welder?

It is most important to choose a course that is accredited and a training provider which is registered.

  • Public TVET Colleges are both registered and their courses accredited. Here is a list of TVET colleges so that you can select one closest to you:
    https://careerplanet.co.za/careers-listings/institutions/tvet/fet/-public-fet/tvet
  • Private Training Providers. You have to check whether they are registered and the course has a SAQA number
    • The SAQA numbers are as follows (until 2021):
      • 94100 Level 2 Occupational Certificate: Welder (Entry level: Level 1 or Grade 9)
      • 57881 Level 2 National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice. (Entry level: Level 1 or Grade 9)
      • 57886 Level 3 National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice. (Entry level: Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or Grade 10)
      • 57887 Level 4 Further Education and Training Certificate: Welding Application and Practice (Entry level: Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 OR Grade 11)

These Qualifications mean learners can move from one engineering area to another.Here are example of those qualifications:

22871: Further Education and Training Certificate: Engineering Fabrication (light or heavy).

23275: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting.

23279: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining.

23281: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Tooling Manufacture.

If you have the Further Education and Training Certificate: Welding Application and Practice, you may advance to:

49061: National Certificate: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical), NQF Level 5.
Or:
49059: National Diploma: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical), NQF Level 5.

Accredited course providers (Private sector)
To search online for opportunities try these key words:
south africa, welder, training, (list the areas where you are prepared to work – start with where you live)

To check whether the provider is registered check this list:

http://www.dhet.gov.za/Registers_DocLib/Register%20of%20Private%20Colleges%2020%20September%202019%2002%20%282%29.pdf

and/or this list

http://www.dhet.gov.za/Registers_DocLib/Register%20of%20Private%20Colleges%2020%20September%202019%2002%20%282%29.pdf 

Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs)

The two SETAs in this industry are below. Check their websites for opportunities. They also are in charge of Trade Testing.

  • MERSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries Sector Education and Training Authority)
    http://merseta.org.za
  • CHIETA (Chemical Industries Sector Education and Training Authority)
    https://www.chieta.org.zaIf you are you a GRADUATE or a STUDENT seeking work experience, work exposure or work integrated opportunities? Send your CV to ssdd@chieta.org.za

List of  CHIETA Accredited Training Providers:

http://www.chieta.org.za/ETQA/Provider-Accreditation/List-of-Accredited-Training-Providers

RPL (Recognised Prior Learning)

If you have already been working a long time as a Welder without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL. Find the qualification you think you should have and a provider. Then talk to them about RPL.

Professional Institute:

(SAIW) South African Institute for Welding is the Professional body for this part of the industry.It offers a wide range of training options

Youtube clip
description of the work that Welders do

CLICK HERE

In Demand Maths Required Qualification Required Science Required