Engineering and Artisans


Engineering is a broad term that covers a wide range of applications and industries. Combining mathematics, science and technology, engineers produce creative solutions to real world problems. As a result there are many different types of engineering degrees available.
In the past, engineering could be divided into four major branches: Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electrical, with sub branches of each discipline. Today however, the number of engineering degrees available have increased dramatically. There are now six major branches of engineering: Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Management, and Geotechnical, and literally hundreds of different subcategories of engineering under each branch.
There are also many different types of Engineering Artisans. These include: Welders, Electricians, Fitters, Turners, Millwrights, Sheetmetal Workers, Boilermakers, Mechatronics, Mechanics, Toolmakers, Patternmakers, Bricklayers, Plumbers, Carpenters, Joiners, Shutterhands, Steel fixers, Glaziers, Plasterers, Tilers, Sound technicians and Instrumentation and electronics technicians.
Artisans are highly skilled in working with their hands - the emphasis here is on practical skills. Whatever field an aspiring artisan chooses to go into, they will find themselves learning the ins and outs of manufacturing, servicing and repairs. Want to know more about what an artisan does? Check out this helpful explanation.

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Articles on Engineering and Artisan Training

Do you fancy an exciting training programme in the manufacturing industry that will future-proof your career? Apply for the Production Technologies Association of SA’s (PtSA) Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme.

Technical training provider the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has announced the acquisition of the De Beers’ technical training campus (DBTTC) in a transaction that will bring new economic activity to the Northern Cape province.

Two industry thought leaders share their views on where skills are heading in the digital revolution and why the engineering fraternity and technical training providers must work together to ensure the sustainability of our skills economy.

As the pressure mounts on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration to resuscitate the South African economy, the question is shifting from what he plans to do to how he plans to do it. 

Government has invested R500 million into the establishment of the National Artisan Development Academy that is aimed at addressing unemployment in the country.

SANRAL has welcomed 18 new engineering candidates to its training academy in the Eastern Cape pushing the number of engineers interned at its Technical Excellence Academy 

There is a growing urgency from both the public and private sectors to prioritize scarce skills.

Colliery Training College (CTC) in partnership with various Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) aims to prepare future engineers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Artisans vs Industry 4.0- the adoption of  Industry 4.0 will have a profound impact on the manufacturing workforce. 

Would you like to become an artisan? What is an artisan? There is a huge demand for qualified artisans in South Africa and now is a good time to pursue this line of work. But what is an artisan? Let's find out.

Explosives manufacturer BME calls on companies to train for the future as they enrol seven employees for artisan training. 

Across the globe skilled trades people are in high demand. 

With unemployment rates at a whopping 27.1% in the second quarter of 2018, the current state of the economy and 51.7% of the South African population being female, it is important for women to be granted opportunities in what is traditionally viewed as male-dominated industries, such as trade and manufacturing.

With South Africa’s unemployment rate at its highest in almost 15 years, it is crucial that the youth is made aware of viable future vocations.

Creativity and analytical thinking are the marks of great mechanical engineers. Find out what else you need to thrive in this field.

Moving from lives that seemed hopeless, to providing much-needed scarce skills to industry in SA.

The Artisan Training Institute herewith discusses the latest Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process as prescribed by the Department of Higher Education and Training

The Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation and ATI partnership is well underway to help meet the country’s demand for more qualified tradespeople.

If you are considering a career in the welding industry, it is important to know the differences between a welding engineer and a certified welder.

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) supported 45 high school learners in Port Elizabeth as they took part in the iGEMS water engineering competition earlier this week.