Boilermakers manufacture and build structures of steel, plate and piping ranging from boilers for steam engines and pressure vessels for power stations and petrochemical plants, to mine headgear, bridges and oil-drilling platforms.

How to Qualify

You need a Grade 9, although other institution might require a grade 12.

Where to Study

There are three ways to qualify as a registered artisan:

  1. An apprenticeship is a 4-year contract between company and apprentice, comprising a 12-week theoretical training, which includes 4 subjects at national exam level.
  2. A learnership is a structured learning programme that leads to a qualification in a certain field. The learnership programme includes a theoretical and a practical component. It usually takes about a year to complete. The training takes place on-site (on the premises of the organisation). This has the advantage that the learner gets on-the-job experience whilst training.
  3. FET colleges offer theoretical training to prospective artisans via the new National Certificate Vocational (NCV). During this 3-year programme (levels 2 to 4), learners complete a school-leaving certificate (this NCV) similar to the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in schools. They are also exposed to a practical workshop component.


Potential Employers

  • Engineering factories
  • Construction companies
  • Iron and steel plants
  • Petroleum refineries
  • Railways
  • Shipyards
  • Government departments
  • Electrical and atomic power plants
  • such organizations as :  Sasol and Mittal Steel
  • mines
  • self-employment, with the necessary experience and capital to start own business