COURSE BACKGROUND

The NATED N1-N6 Mechanical Engineering qualification covers levels N1-N6 and is designed to provide the theory of Mechanical Engineering and an optional practical component. You can attain a National Certificate or Diploma once you have worked 24 months (2000 working hours) in your field of study. This qualification consists of one compulsory part (N1-N6 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (done between N4-N6)

Mechanical engineering involves designing, manufacturing, and maintaining a wide range of industrial appliances. Mechanical engineering faculty of study is suitable for people who want to engage in a career path that is full of technology and using their hands a lot.

One of the reasons Mechanical Engineering students choose this discipline is its versatility and the various career options available after graduation. You can work in fields, like construction, the automotive industry, robotics, the energy sector, and many others.

Course Outline

N1-N2 Theory Subject (Compulsory)

 

N1 Level

• Fitting & Machining Theory/Metal Workers Theory/Motor Trade Theory
• Mathematics
• Engineering Science
• Engineering Drawings

N2 Level

• Fitting & Machining Theory/Metal Workers Theory/Motor Trade Theory
• Mathematics
• Engineering Science
• Engineering Drawings

N3 Level

• Mechanotechnics
• Mathematics
• Engineering Science
• Engineering Drawings
• Engineering Drawing

N4 Level

• Mechanotechnics
• Mathematics
• Engineering Science
• Supervisory Management

N5 Level

• Mechanotechnics
• Power Machines
• Mathematics
• Strength of Materials and Structures

N6 Level

• Mechanotechnics
• Power Machines
• Mathematics
• Strength of Materials and Structures

 

Mechanical Engineering Practicals – Level 1

You can complete 1 week of optional practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N1 or before N3 and you will be given a certificate and logbook of the components that you have completed. 

Foundational Program, 3 Days (Applicable to all students)

Workshop Health & Safety Theory: Full safety training program covering OHSA

Basic hand tools:

    • Use of hand tools and portable equipment applicable to specific trades
    • Portable machinery – Grinding machine / Cut-off machine / Drilling machine
    • Chisels /Hammers/Screwdrivers/Scribers/Punches/Socket Wrenches/Files/Vernier/ Callipers/Clamps
    • Measurement and marking – The application of “Marking Blue”
    • Basic Arc Welding
    • Assembly using space welding
    • Assembly using vertical welding

Applied practical hand skills:

    • Cutting of sample workpieces – Use of grinders and cut-off machine
    • Marking and measurements – Use of Vernier
    • Drilling and thread tapping – Use of centre punch and drilling sizes with wrench tapping
    • Assembly of workpieces
    • Pipe threading / Plate rolling and guillotine work

Subject Specific Programs (Choose one in line with your studies)

Fitting & Machining (2 Days)

Lathe Machine:

  • Specific safety rules related to operating a lathe
  • Operating techniques of a lathe
  • Tool bits for skimming/polishing
  • Drilling and tapping
  • Basic screw cutting

Milling Machine:

    • Specific safety rules related to operating a milling machine
    • Operating techniques of a milling machine
    • End milling / Slab milling / Fly cutting / Drilling and reaming / Boring / Slotting and Saw Milling

Welding (2 Days)

Arc-Welding:

  • Equipment safety and identification
  • Amperage setting – for depth welding
  • Joining samples by space welding
  • Chipping practice – Cleaning weld area
  • Space welding: Horizontal, Vertical, Continuous welding and assemblies

Motors (2 Days)

Engine function and principles and safety

  • Identification of engine components and functionality
  • Strip engine block and reassemble
  • Inspect Crank / Pistons / Bearings

Gearbox

  • Strip gearbox and re-assemble

Transmission

  • Check and inspect prop shaft and universal joints

Mechanical Engineering Practicals – Level 2 (Optional)

You can complete 1 week of optional ADVANCED practical hours within your field of study. This is done just after either N4 or before N6 and you will be given a certificate and logbook of the components that you have completed. 

Fitting & Machining (5 Days)

Lathe – Training: Lathe settings

  • Operational safety
  • Gear ratios / Tailstock / Chuck functions
  • Cutting tools identification
  • Machining of samples

Lathe – Training: Screw Cutting

  • Drilling and tapping of solids bars
  • Cutting various types of materials, understand cutting speed vs finish on the product surface

Lathe – Training: Milling Operation

  • Operational safety
  • End milling / Slab milling / Fly cutting / Drilling and reaming / Boring / Slotting and Sawmilling
  • Surface depth milling and tolerances

Welding (5 Days)

Arc Welding Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Revise basic techniques
  • Flat / Horizontal / Vertical / Overhead
  • Intermittent Butt Weld
  • Prepare the surface for penetration welds
  • Filling gaps with multiple bead welding
  • Reading drawings: Welding symbols, fillet welds, assembly profiles

Oxyacetylene Welding Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Identification of Oxy-Acetylene equipment
    • Flashback arrestors / Regulators / Gauges
    • Brazing – Types fluxes
    • Welding flame types
    • Forehand welding
    • Assembly of profiles
    • Oxy-Acetylene cutting.

Motors (5 Days)

Engine and systems

  • Personal Protective Equipment

Motor mechanic fundamentals

  • Identification of all operational components
  • Strip and re-assemble engine block
  • Strip and re-assemble blockhead
  • Strip clutch and reassemble
  • Strip and reassemble the gearbox
  • Brake System:
    • Check disk and brake drums and bleed the system
  • Steering Mechanism:
    • Idler arms
    • Rack & pinion.
  • Suspension types:
    • Coil springs vs blade springs
    • McPherson struts
 
  • Draughts person
  • Fitter & turner
  • Mechanical technician
  • Machinist
  • Toolmaker
  • Instrument technician
  • AutoCAD Designer
  • N1 Entry Requirement: Grade 9 (Std 7) Certificate with a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science OR no formal qualification for everyone 23 years or older.
  • N3 Entry Requirement: Grade 11 (Std 9) Certificate with a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science or N2.
  • N4 Entry Requirement: Matric/Grade 12 (with full mathematics and science 40%+ Pass rate), or N3 Pass (with mathematics and science)

NOTE: Proceed to the next level only when the previous level has been successfully completed i.e. N4 for N5, etc.

Upon completion of every level, a certificate will be issued from the Department of Education. A National Diploma will be issued by the Department of Education on completion of N6 as well as two (2) years on the job training/attachment in the relevant industry.

Foundation Certificate (N1-N2): Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing. Electives: Fitting and Machining Theory, Motor Bodywork Theory, Platers’ Theory, Welders’ Theory, Rigging, Fitting and Machining Theory.

National Certificate (N3): Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, Mechano-technology.

National Certificate (N4): Mathematics, Engineering Science, Mechano-technics, Engineering Draughting.

National Certificate (N5 + N6): Mathematics, Mechano-technics, Power Machines, Strength of Materials, and Structures. Electives: Machine Design and Drawing, Fluid Mechanics.

N4 60 Credits
N5 60 Credits
N6 60 Credits
Total 180 Credits
DURATION18 MONTHS
REGISTRATION FEER350.00
DEPOSIT FEER950.00
MONTHLY FEER950 (18 MONTHS)
COURSE FEER18400.00

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