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Millwright-Industrial Engineering

A person who qualifies in a millwright course is called a millwright. According to National Scarce Skills List, millwright skill is listed in the first 20 skills shortage in South Africa meaning the skill is in greater demand.


The following are the common duties that are done by millwright technicians:

  • The role of a millwright includes: erection, dismantling, installing, reassembling,
  • Conducting maintainance and repairs of machinery be it in industries such as factories, power plants, construction sites etc.
  • Millwrights are best needed when a company is updating its equipment.

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
  • Industrial Electronics N1
  • Electrical Trade Theory 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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