National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes

NQF Level



Minimum 120

Estimated Days




Accrediting Body


This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment. The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, with the standards and the range of learning required to achieve competence in the operation and monitoring of machines in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in operating and monitoring manufacturing machinery and assembling components and working in the metal and engineering industry using such processes.

The other related and important skills that are recognised in this qualification are reading and interpreting engineering drawings and marking off regular engineering shapes and the use of engineering hand and power tools. This capability requires an understanding of basic quality requirements and monitoring material flow.

The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who will be working at an entry level in a specific metal and engineering manufacturing processing environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute to the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector.

Entry Level Requirements

Communication at NQF Level 1 Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 KVR Pre-assessment


Operating and monitoring machinery. Completing post-production and finishing operations. Reading and interpreting engineering drawings. Marking-off regular engineering shapes. Selecting, using and caring for engineering hand and power tools. Verifying compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace. Explaining emergency preparedness and response procedures. Working in a team.

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