National Certificate N1-N3: Electrical Engineering Instrumentation
Instrumentation technician play an important role in our society. They ensure the proper functioning of automated manufacturing equipment and use variety of instruments and devices to record and report data. They work mainly in the manufacturing industries. They attract a competitive salary and their jobs are in demand.
Duties of an instrumentation technician
The following are the common duties that are done by electronical technicians:
- Instrumentation technicians test manufacturing and monitoring devices
- They calibrate, install, repair, and inspect manufacturing equipment and monitoring devices.
- They work with scientific and analytic computer software, calculators, voltage and current meters, and electronic probes to diagnose faults in circuitry.
Other impprtant skills and attitudes as an electronical technician are:
- Attention to detail
- Good analytical skills
- Numerical ability
- Good communication skills
- Ability to observation, organizing resources
- Safety conscious
- Responsible and reliable
- Quality orientated
- Planning, leading and organizational abilities
- Cost conscious
How to qualify as an instrumentation technician
To qualify as an instrumentation technician you need to obtain both theoretical and practical aspects of the course. We only offer the theoretical aspects at ET College. After completion of your studies, you will obtain a National Certificate-Engineering studies be it in N1, N2 or N3.
N1: Grade 9 or 10 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or relevant experience or an equivalent qualification
N2: N1 Engineering Studies or 11 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification
N3: N2 Engineering Studies or Grade 12 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification
NQF Level Status
N1 – SAQA ID 67109– NQF LEVEL 1
N2 – SAQA ID 67375– NQF LEVEL 2
N3 – SAQA ID 67491– NQF LEVEL 3
- Mathematics N1-N3
- Engineering Science N1-N3
- Industrial Electronics N1-N3
- Instrument Trade Theory N1-N3
Assessment and Duration
There are two types of assessments: The internal assessment conducted by the college and the national assessment which is the final exam.
- Internal assessment comprises of two tests-Test 1 and Test 2 and the student must obtain a minimum pass of 40%. This assessment qualifies you to sit for the final exam. This assessment is marked by the college.
- Final assessment which is the national exam from the DHET. The exam is a single exam written mostly in the morning at a specified exam centre. The assessment is marked by DHET.
National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by Umalusi. The course takes from 3-6 months or 1-2 trimesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are three trimesters in a year:
- Trimester 1: January to April
- Trimester 2: May to August
- Trimester 3 September to December
Achievement and Award
The following certificates are awarded by upon successful completion of each level:
- Certificate of Achievement N1: Engineering Studies
- Certificate of Achievement N2: Engineering Studies
- National N3 Certificate: Engineering Studies
How to Register for Instrumentation Engineering N1-N3 course
We offer the course through distance learning or what some call home study or correspondence. We support you with study material and you only come for the final exams. Download our forms to get all the necessary information from fees, study material, exam venues etc.
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