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Necsa Learning Academy

About NLA

A highly accredited nuclear skills training centre that fully meets the needs of all its clients.

Vision

To be a service provider of excellence supplying professional and technical skills that exceed client requirements

Mission

The Necsa Learning Academy is a nationally and internationally recognised skills development provider committed to:

  • Equipping participants with specifically focused professional and technical skills
  • Providing customer directed training and capacity building courses that comply fully with national and international quality requirements and legislation in the fields of education and training
  • Enhancing the skill and competency base of clients to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity

Values

In delivering our mission the NLA aims to fully adhere to the following core values:
Service
Excellence
Quality
Integrity

Strategic Objectives

To establish and maintain a skills training centre that fully meets the needs of clients, the NLA will strive to build sufficient skills and capacity to satisfy all customer requirements.

The training courses will be designed, developed and presented according to set values. The student demographics will satisfy Employment Equity targets.

Performance Areas

NLA offers skills training in the undermentioned disciplines and statutory courses:

  • Apprenticeships
  • RPL
  • Short courses
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality
  • Radiation protection

The above will be designed according to statutory, SETA and/or client specifications.

Accreditations

NLA is accredited as a Skills Development Provider and Trade Test Centre in the following:

  • Skills Development Provider and Trade Test Centre
  • The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA)
  • Quality Council for Traded and Occupations (QCTO)
  • The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA)
  • The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for ISO 9001

Fabrication Engineering

What does a Boilermaker do?

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of the Learner in a variety of engineering related sectors. Engineering Fabrication is a generic engineering and trade-related qualification that builds on the fundamentals of fabrication. This qualification will provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of engineering fabrication.

The main skill that is recognized in this qualification is the ability to produce complex components using a variety of fabrication methods. This capability requires an understanding of fabrication theory, and the ability to, layout and mark off complex shapes; set up and use machinery, develop and fabricate pipe and plate components from complex drawings and sketches, assembling pipelines and steel structures using welding and other mechanical methods. The metal components that the qualified person fabricates will be vital for the construction, maintenance and reliable operation of equipment and machinery in a variety of industries.

Boilermaking

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Engineering drawings and structural sketches
  • Oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting
  • Oxy-acetylene gas welding and brazing
  • Arc welding
  • Trade-related machines and power tools
  • Develop and fabricate plate and pipe components
  • Mark off, fabricate and assemble steel structures

What does a Welder do?

Welding is one of several fusion processes for joining metals. By the application of intense heat,   metal at the joint between two parts is melted and caused to intermix – directly or, more commonly, with an intermediate molten filler metal. Upon cooling and solidification, a metallurgical bond results.

Since the joining is by an intermixture of the substance of one part with the substance of the other part, with or without an intermediate of like substance, the final weldment has the potential for exhibiting at the joint the same strength properties as the metal of the parts. This is in sharp contrast to non-fusion processes of joining - such as soldering, brazing, or adhesive bonding – in which the mechanical and physical properties of the base material cannot be to duplicate at the joint.

Rigger

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Engineering drawings and structural sketches
  • Oxy-acetylene cutting and heating
  • Oxy-acetylene gas welding and brazing
  • Arc welding
  • Slinging tackle
  • Lifting tackle
  • Ropes
  • Cranes
  • Erecting and dismantling
  • Transport loads
  • Scaffolding and staging

Steel Erector

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Engineering drawings and structural sketches
  • Oxy-acetylene cutting and heating
  • Oxy-acetylene gas welding and brazing
  • Arc welding
  • Slinging tackle
  • Lifting tackle
  • Ropes
  • Cranes
  • Erecting and dismantling
  • Transport loads
  • Scaffolding and staging

Welding

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Engineering drawings and structural sketches
  • Oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting
  • Oxy-acetylene gas welding and brazing
  • Arc welding
  • Trade-related machines and power tools
  • Develop and fabricate plate and pipe components
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (TIG)
  • Gas metal arc welding (MIG)

Coded Welder

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Welding processes
  • Main positions
  • Materials
  • Drawings
  • Quality control
  • Metrology
  • Practical welding

Mechanical Engineering

What does a fitter do?

In general terms, a fitter is an engineering specialist who installs, maintains and/or repairs machines, plant and equipment for a large variety of industries such as manufacturing, aeronautical, maritime, and mining, food processing and packaging industries. The fitter may work from engineering drawings and/or service manuals. When these are not available, the fitter must rely on his/her own knowledge of mechanical components and processes, to plan, schedule, diagnose and implement their own systems and mechanisms as required without skilled fitters, these mechanical technology-based industries would grind to a halt.

Fitters
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Hand skills
  • Coupling and drives
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Mechanical drawings

  • Mechanical systems
  • Pumps
  • Basic arc and gas welding (mechanical)
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Basic turning
  • Basic milling
  • Materials – thermal application

What does a turner do?

A turner is an engineering specialist by makes parts and fits parts to machinery by mainly use machines in machining workshops such as lathes, milling machines and grinders. And also operates CNC machines by using different hand tools and work with lots of types of metal such as brass, mild steel, stainless steel, bright blue bar and many more, they also operate different types of drilling machines. The turner work from complicated engineering drawings and/or manuals. Without skilled turners, these mechanical technology-based machining industries would grind to a halt.

Turners
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Mechanical drawings
  • Basic arc and gas welding (mechanical)
  • Basic lifting techniques

  • Basic turning
  • Basic milling
  • Advanced turning
  • Advanced milling
  • Surface grinding

What does a pipe fitter do?

Typically, pipefitters layout piping systems for construction and installation projects, and also assemble and maintain complex piping systems and equipment. Types of systems that a pipefitter works on may include steam, condensation, water, drain lines, air, gas, chemical, hydraulic, lubrication, heating and refrigeration, and process piping. Pipefitters work in industrial, chemical, power, and wastewater treatment plants, as well as in refineries and in most commercial and residential buildings.

Pipe Fitters
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Hand skills
  • Materials – thermal applications
  • Pumps
  • Pipe systems and components
  • Pipefitter drawings

  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Coupling and drives
  • Acetylene cutting
  • Oxy-acetylene gas welding and brazing
  • Arc welding
  • Develop and fabricate plate and pipe component
  • Mark off, fabricate and assemble steel structures

What does a millwright do?

Millwrights carry out maintenance work on production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear. The work is both electrical and mechanical and involves dismantling, fault detection and repairing of parts, as well as the rebuilding, installation and maintenance of machinery.

Tracing faults is one of the millwright's most important tasks. In most cases, the machine has to be dismantled before it is possible to determine where the fault lies. As it is often not possible to replace the defective component immediately, millwrights must be able to make temporary repairs, so that the machine can be used until the correct parts are available. A thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machine components is essential.

Knowledge of fitting is also required since the installation of new machinery is also part of this work. Another important task of millwrights is electrical installation. They should be able to dismantle electrical motors and test for faults, check to wire, as well as determine power consumption. This includes other functions such as the coupling of cables.

Millwrights usually work in the production section of factories, but sometimes also on sites. The fact that their working conditions change continually prevents their work from becoming monotonous.

Millwrights
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Hand skills
  • Coupling and drives
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Mechanical drawings

  • Mechanical system
  • Pumps
  • Basic arc and gas welding (mechanical)
  • Basic lifting techniques
  • Basic turning
  • Basic milling
  • Materials – thermal applications

Short courses


 Draughting
  • Caddie
  • Setting up model space workspace
  • Snap modes
  • Drawing commands
  • Working commands
  • Working in layers
  • Patterns
  • Object properties
  • Introduction to sheets

  • Printing in caddie
  • Exploring the mechanical tool
  • Exploring the architectural tool
  • Exploring the survey tool
  • Inserting symbols
  • Solid edge:
  • Solid edge self-trained course in 3-d and 2-d using tutorials
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) programming
  • Structure and function of the machine
  • Capabilities of control unit
  • Planning and preparation of the work piece
  • Write program, use all programming codes
  • Load program from program station to machine
  • Load machine tools and material
  • Set up zero point of machine
  • Machining of workpiece
  • Assessment

Hydraulics

  • Design a hydraulic diagram
  • Build a hydraulic system on simulation panel
  • Do fault finding on a hydraulic system
  • Understand applicable theory related to hydraulics (theory test)

Pneumatics and hydraulics

  • Design a pneumatic diagram
  • Build a pneumatic system on simulation panel
  • Do fault finding on the pneumatic system
  • Understand applicable theory related to pneumatics
  • (theory test)

Electrical Engineering

What does an instrument mechanic do?

The primary skills that are recognized in this field are the ability to calibrate, fault find, dismantle, maintain, repair and install complex instrumentation and control assemblies, to diagnose and repair equipment and machinery during production/operation.

These capabilities require an understanding of instrumentation theory and drawings. People working in the instrumentation field require specialized technical skills and knowledge, as well as hand skills in order to meet the requirements.

Instrumentation and Control
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Pressure measurement
  • Flow measurement
  • Level measurement
  • Control valves
  • Temperature measurement
  • Electromagnetic circuit
  • Automatic control
  • Analogue electronics
  • Tube Bending
  • Welding
  • Pneumatics
  • Programmable logic controllers
Electrical Heavy Current
  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Bench work
  • Electrical wiring
  • Advanced electrical wiring
  • Transformers
  • Motor starters
  • Fault finding
  • Installation work
  • Introduction to electronics
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Welding for electrical
  • Basic lifting techniques

 

Millwright

  • Induction
  • Safety
  • Electrical wiring
  • Advanced electrical wiring
  • Transformers
  • Motor starters
  • Fault finding
  • Installation work
  • Introduction to electronics
  • Programmable logic controllers

What does a millwright do?

The primary skills that are recognized in this field are the ability to do fault find, dismantle, maintain, repair and install electrical and mechanical assemblies, to diagnose and repair equipment and machinery during production/operation.

These capabilities require an understanding of electrical and mechanical theory and electrical and mechanical engineering drawings. People working in the electrical and mechanical engineering field require specialized technical skills and knowledge, as well as hand skills in order to meet the requirements.

Short Courses & Statutory

Short Courses

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) – Zelio Logic 3
  • Identify and explain the functions of PLC
  • Identify and explain the principles of all programming tools available
  • Identify and explain the latter and function block programming languages
  • Design and program different automatic ladder programs using all applicable inputs, outputs, timers and counters
  • Configured PLC circuits
  • Transfer program from personal computer to PLC
  • Hardwire all applicable circuits related to the program
  • Debug and test PLC program
  • Commission the program and confirm the function
  • according to the design
Installation Work (Wiring of a domestic house)
  • Electrical installations relating to OHS Act 1993 Act 85
  • Regulations relating to SANS 0142
  • Plan the electrical circuit for specific installation
  • according to SANS 0142 Standards
  • Number of circuits or points covered by specific installation
  • Conduct planned electrical installation
  • Inspection and test of the planned installation according to SANS 0142 Standards
  • Commissioning of planned electrical installation
  • Practical completion of Certificate of Competence (CoC) on planned electrical installation

Statutory and Other

Statutory:

  • Chemical worker
  • Confined Spaces
  • Decontamination worker
  • Environmental management
  • Ergonomics
  • General health and safety
  • Incident investigation
  • Job safety analyses
  • Laser
  • Lockout
  • Necsa orientation (employees)
  • Noise worker
  • Orientation (contract workers)
  • Radiation worker
  • SHE representative

Electrical for Refrigeration

  • Electrical fundamentals
  • Calculations
  • Circuits and components
  • Conductors
  • Protection
  • Test instruments
  • Cables
  • Interpretation of circuits
  • Motors and motor test
  • Electrical circuits
  • Fault finding

Nuclear Safety and Security Training

Introduction

Radiation Protection Training Centre (RPTC) a sub division of Necsa Learning Academy (NLA).RPTC was established with a special focus to provide training for non-nuclear and nuclear professionals in the field of radiation safety and protection. In terms of the Occupation and Safety Act as well as the Nuclear Energy Act, personnel exposed to the dangers of radiation and radioactive material need to be trained. The foundational premise for the establishment of the RPTC was to ensure professional training in the nuclear and other affected industry through a dedicated, specialised training to ensure sustainable, safe and secured operations of radiological operations.


  1. Our Services

The RPTC offers the following courses accredited with the EWSETA:


2.1 Radiation Worker Course

Radiation Protection Training Centre (RPTC) a sub division of Necsa Learning Academy (NLA) offers courses to radiation workers who need to be trained on safety when handling radioactive material in terms of the Occupation and Safety Act as well as the Nuclear Energy Act. The course is designed for general workers who do not work directly with radiation but find themselves in a working environment with different types of radiation and radioactive material.


2.2 Radiation Protection Monitors

Radiation Protection monitoring which is an entry-level course that runs for a year. The course covers all areas of radiation applications.  The programme is six months of theory and six months of practical in the lab/facilities. Those who get employment at Necsa after their training work under the supervision of a qualified Radiation Protection Officer in a plant/facilities for a minimum of two years. They then qualify as RPMs specific for nuclear facilities. They can further their studies by registering as RPO 2 (NQF Level 4), again taking 12 months of study. After this course, they can move on to register for RPO 1 (NQF Level 5), an 18 months course specific for supervisors of nuclear facilities as required by IAEA and National Nuclear Regulator (NNR).


2.3 Radiation Protection Officers

Each nuclear plant needs to have Radiation Protection Officers with different levels of training (that is level 1-3). Training Radiation Protection Officers (RPO) not specific for a nuclear facility is selected from qualified RPMs. The IAEA and NNR stipulate that no plant can run without these groups of personnel.


2.4 Radiation Protection Specialist (RPS)

Radiation Protection Specialists are a select group of scientists who have undergone training in radiation protection. Specifically, they supervise a lot of technical issues related to radiation, B-licensing, B-contamination, emergency procedures. They also advise management of organisations on the utilisation of radiation and help personnel during radiation work. They are, among other things, involved in the design and planning of new facilities and construction and develop radiation protection programmes. They determine the level of radioactive pollution and radiation in the environment and study the influence of nuclear energy on human beings and the environment. They also ensure that the legal requirements regarding the utilisation application and control of radiation and the design of plants such as nuclear power stations are met.


2.5 Mentorship and Supervision of Graduates

RPTC also offers graduate supervision for Masters and PhD Research projects and Work Intergraded Learning (WIL) and Internships. The training centre partners with institutions of higher learning such as Universities and related professional bodies for placement of graduates in their Masters and PhD programmes


2.6 Other Services

RPTC has the capacity and capabilities to offer the following professional services:

  • Consultancy and advisory on Radiation safety and protection
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Project management in Nuclear Safety and Security
  • Radiation Worker awareness training and Public awareness
2.7 RPTC offers training and advisory services nationally and regionally to the following:
  • Angola Government
  • Debswana in Botswana
  • Cot’ Divuore
  • Department of Health, Radiation Controller
  • Tanzania Ministry of Mining
  • North West Government: Department of Public Safety and Security
  • Firestone Brits
  • Department of Energy
  • Tshwane university of Technology (TUT)
  • CHIETA
  • Lafarge
2.8 Requirements

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course.
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course.

Compulsory Subjects:

Mathematics, Physical Science

Partners

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