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


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a pioneering organisation in the skills development sector, with award winning
entrepreneur Marthie Jansen van Rensburg at the helm.

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of 35, passionate about sustaining and promoting the engineering consulting

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has urged high school learners,
especially those that are in Grade 10 to 12, to consider taking Maths and Physical
Science so they can study Engineering.

City and Guilds and MerSeta co-host an Engineering Skills Event to exchange
ideas and experiences about how to grow South Africa?s engineering skills for
greater economic participation and growth.

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Artisans and Skills Training Centre.

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important to understand the risks associated with your business and review
or adjust financial policies according to any major changes on a regular basis.

Stakeholders in the tooling industry will meet to discuss international and
regional trade, government regulations, international trading conditions,
trends, new technology and new techniques driving the industry and any
other critical issues of concern.

Engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries are invited to
enter a major new competition which rewards innovation and
entrepreneurship in engineering.