The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Metallurgical is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Metallurgical Engineering Technician. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate Engineering Technicians to demonstrate that they are capable of applying their acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the work environments in South Africa. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.
Many opportunities exist at primary producers of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as in the manufacturing industry. Metallurgical Engineering Technicians may be involved in developing new processes / procedures in the extraction / manufacturing industry as well as optimising / improving existing processes; ensuring the quality of products during the different stages of the process and testing and inspection of the final material / product.