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Fitting And Turning Career

Fitter and Turners play an important role in our society. According to National Scarce Skills List, fitter and turners are listed as one of the top skills shortage in South Africa. The salary of a fitter and turner is also very competitive and they earn an average salary of R228,507 per year and up to R412,013 according to Payscale.

Fitting and turning is responsible for studying blueprints, plans of various machines, and drawings. They use the information to construct, assemble, manufacture, and fit parts of machines together. Fitters and turners do regular maintenance tasks as it is their responsibility to maintain and repair different machinery in the workshop.



Course requirements


Grade 9 or 10 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or relevant experience or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status


Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N1
  • Engineering Science N1
  • Fitting and Machining Theory N1
  • Engineering Drawings N1

Assessment and Duration

 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:

  1. Trimester 1: January to April 
  2. Trimester 2: May to August
  3. Trimester 3 September to December

Student must complete 2 internal assessments to contribute towards your term mark (ICASS mark) and must achieve 40% and above to qualify for final exam sitting

Achievement and Award

The following certificate is awarded by Umalusi upon successful completion of each level:

  • Certificate of Achievement N1: Engineering Studies

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