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Job Title – Pneumatic Technician


A Pneumatic Technician fabricates, assembles, services, maintains and tests pneumatic equipment. Can calculate force and motion control systems and is able to follow blueprints and schematics with ISO standard pneumatic symbols.

Typical Job Activities

Sets-up and tests systems and components under direction of engineering and scientific staff
Recommends modifications to circuit & components to improve performance
Provides leak free piping
Able to establish ISO 8573-1 cleanliness level
Can select equipment to provide and maintain ISO cleanliness level
Supervises system installation, flushing & commissioning
Uses instruments such as callipers and micrometres
Understands basic electrical controls and their application
Understands ladder logic
Reads electronic circuits
Able to size air compressor for application
Able to assist in compressed air audits
Does trouble shooting and supervises required replacements, repair or adjustments

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
N3 certificate in Electronics 

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Technical Drawing, Metalwork, trade Theory, Technika: Electronics and Technika: Electrical

Entry to Work Place 

Apprenticeship Training: If you want to become an instrument maker you need to register with an employer providing suitable training.

Training consists of theoretical and practical work:
- Theoretical training: At a technical (FET) college or a correspondence course at Technisa.
- Practical training: In-service training under supervision of a qualified tradesman.
- Duration of course: 5 years but it can be completed in a shorter period provided that the candidate has higher educational qualifications.
- Final examination: A compulsory trade test set by the Department of Labour to qualify as an artisan.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Work meticulous
Be very accurate and precise
Have mathematical ability and mechanical aptitude
Be diligent and patient
Have good hand and finger dexterity
Be practical
Enjoy the design and manufacture of scale models

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Possible Employers

SA Airways
Electrical factories
Manufacturing industries

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Relevant Contact Details

The Engineering Council of South Africa

South African Qualifications Authority

The Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board
Tel: (011) 4921533

Career Progress and Path

Further studies in the specific career field
Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
Management positions in related field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

The need is determined by new technology
I can work with technology
I can work with my hands
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills