Deur Melodie Veldhuizen
Schikkie Geldenhuys, Deputy Head: Education and Training at Sol-Tech, explains the reason for the implementation of the short courses: “Sol-Tech’s new campus elicited a lot of interest and we felt that we had to give something back to the community in some way or another. We don’t want to add value only for our students, we should like to add value for everybody who becomes involved with Sol-Tech, no matter how minor the involvement. Sol-Tech hopes to involve the community in this manner and to make the acquisition of skills such as these more accessible. I know a lot about welding but have never learnt to weld properly. That is why I’m here. This course is an excellent initiative and ideal for a person who practises welding as a hobby, or even for a person who wants to tackle more advanced projects. I especially enjoyed the interaction with the instructors and will recommend it to anybody.”
Henrico Jordaan (18) is working on a part-time agricultural qualification and decided to do the full-time course, specifically to extend his skills and qualify himself further in order to be able to take on welding projects as part of his work.
Johan Oosthuizen (19) is currently working in a factory and would very much like to start his welding trade at Sol-Tech in the near future. “Right from the beginning I wanted to learn to weld correctly and acquire the skills to do so,” says Johan. This course already sets him apart from his colleagues in the workplace.
Why did you decide specifically on arc welding and CNC milling? Arc welding is the most common vorm of welding and people who work on their own welding projects over weekends usually use arc welding. CNC equipment and training are prohibitively expensive and we musy start by laying a foundation among course participants. A CNC lathe course will be offered later.
Because the previous courses were so popular Sol-Tech will also offer a do-it-yourself welding course and a CNC milling course later this year.
- Do-it-yourself welding course
Who may attend the course? It is ideal for any person (man or woman) who wants to learn welding or improve their welding skills.
Dates and duration of the course?
Full-time: 13 – 17 September 2021 (Monday to Friday)
Part-time: 2, 9, 16, 23 October 2021 with final assessment 30 October 2021
Costs: R3 500 per person, material will be provided
Requisites: As far as possible participants have to supply their own PPE (basic protective equipment such as safety shoes, overalls, welding gloves, protective spectacles and apron) and where possible their own welding machines and cables, otherwise Sol-Tech will provide the essentials.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3b4p8B8
Who may attend the course?
Before working with the machine, CNC work has a strong design and coding component. It is a machining process that can be used to make tools. The course is ideal for any person (man or woman) who wants to learn how to work with a CNC milling machine or improve their skills with the machine. It would be to a course participants advantage if he or she has a basic grounding.
Dates and duration of course?
Full-time: 24 – 28 October 2021 (Monday to Thursday every week)
Costs: R13 236 per person, material will be provided (maximum and minimum five persons)
Requisites: Preferably bring own PPE (basic protective equipment)
Register here: https://forms.gle/28AxuPH8wm2Q6qRv8
There is no closing date for the course but a minimum of five persons must enrol before the course can be offered.
These short courses do not carry credits and therefore there are no admission qualifications.
What does the course consist of?
Both courses have a theoretical and practical component but 80% will be spent on the practical aspect. The welding theory will take place via e-learning.
Will accommodation be organised for course participants who live far?
Course participants must arrange their own accommodation.
Confirmation of completion of the course?
An attendance certificate will be issued after the successful completion of the course and the assessment.
What are your future plans regarding short courses?
We are also planning courses in MIG and TIG welding techniques.
Schikkie Geldenhuys, Deputy Head: Education and Training, Sol-Tech