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Course: Turning

Trade Title: Turner

OFO No: 652301

Accreditation Body: Quality Council for Trades and Occupations

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What is a Turner?

A Turner is responsible for manufacturing metal components and assembling them to construct tools, industrial machinery, and machine components.

They study assembly specification to perform the most efficient order of processes required for specific projects.

These specialists also measure each large and small component to ensure they will fit together properly in the final design. They identify potential problems by understanding machine specifications and drawings before production process.

Turners can specialise in different areas, namely:

  • Turner Machinist ( Automotive )
  • Vertical Borer
  • Tooling Mechanician
  • Roll Turner
  • Machine Tool Setter
  • Aircraft Machinist

What does a Turner do?

  • Maintaining equipment
  • Taking accurate measurements
  • Teaming up with machinists
  • Machining of components
  • Assembling metal components
  • Polishing finished components

Personal Qualities Required:

  • Interested in turning
  • Physically fit and agile
  • Observant
  • Responsible
  • Strong hand-eye coordination
  • A Person with an eye for detail
  • Math Skills
  • Being accurate
  • Having mechanical skills
  • Being able to manage time effectively
  • Self-motivated

How to become a Turner?

Entry Requirements:

  • 16 years of age and 
  • grade 10 (Standard 8) or
  • grade 11 (Standard 9) or Matric (Standard 10) with Maths and Science would be preferred and
  • You will need to obtain an N2 qualification.  If you have passed grade 12 with a science and maths pass rate of more than 40%, you will only need to write and pass 2 of the 4 subjects (Engineering Drawing and Trade Theory) to obtain your N2 qualification.  If you have not passed the grade 12 science and maths exam, then you would need to enroll for all 4 subjects (Maths, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing and Trade Theory) to obtain your N2 qualification.

Training Requirements:

  • You will need to obtain institutional learning at a training institution like Artisan Training Institute, in order for all your modules to be performed in the presence of and signed off by a registered Training Officer as competent. All modules passed will be signed off in your Logbook by the Training Officer.
  • Your Phase I would typically last around 12 weeks, after which you would need to obtain experiential (on-the-job) training for a period of 9 months, working under supervision of a registered Artisan at an accredited workplace. The Artisan will sign off all the relevant workplace modules performed on the job. 
  • Your Phase II will commence thereafter for a period of 12 weeks.  Once again you would need to continue your on-the-job training as mentioned above for another period of 9 months.
  • Once all the relevant modules in both your Off-the-Job Logbook (training institute) and On-the-Job Logbook have been successfully completed and signed off, you will be able to apply to write the Trade Test. 
  • Upon the successful demonstration to the QCTO that all the requirements for writing the Trade Test have been met, will your Trade Test date be issued.
  • Your Phase III will prepare you for the Trade Test and will last for up to 8 weeks. 

Turner Phase 1

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This course consists of Phase 1. It counts towards a credited Turning Qualification which consists of both Theory and Practical Workplace Training. This online part of the course covers the Theory only.

The courses are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) of South Africa.

Turner Phase 2

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This course consists of Phase 2. It counts towards a credited Turning Qualification which consists of both Theory and Practical Workplace Training. This online part of the course covers the Theory only.

The courses are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) of South Africa.