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What is an apprenticeship?

An "Apprenticeship" is a non-unit standard based registered qualification and comprises of an integration of workplace and institutional learning and culminates in a national qualification. During the programme you will be taught the skills and practices that are associated with a given career path in the Aviation Industry. You will be trained in all aspects of a specific Trade under the auspices of Denel Aviation and the Denel Technical Academy, until you are competent to do a Trade Test to become a Qualified Artisan who can then function effectively within the local and international Aviation environment.

Apprenticeship Period

The duration of apprentice for all trades is 95 weeks minimum and 208 weeks maximum. However after the minimum period (subject to tasks completed as laid down) an apprentice may perform a trade test and qualify as an artisan.

The registered approval number for Aviation Training for DTA is ATTC 004 as issued by SA-CAA.

Engineering Training


Electricians are responsible for the maintenance of industrial and domestic electrical networks. They ensure that such installations are always safe for the user and also comply with all the stringent regulations as prescribed by law. The electrician’s scope of work will include both single and three phase electrical systems, from light to heavy duty current.

Fitter & turner

Maintenance fitters are multi-skilled and keep the wheels of industry running smoothly. They are capacitated in most machining processes including turning, milling, grinding and welding which make them virtually self-reliant in their trade and an asset to any company. They too are often involved in the development and fitting of new production processes


The millwright trade caters for those interested in maintenance and repair of heavy machinery used in industry. They perform maintenance work on production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear. The work is both mechanical, electrical and with modern developments towards automation / robotics, this trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied to the control of heavy electrically driven equipment. The trade involves dismantling, fault detection, repairing and manufacturing of parts in some cases, mechanical and electrical installations as well as the modification and reconstruction of machinery.

Tool & jigmaker

The toolmaker and jig maker is an artisan with the ingenuity to produce specialized jigs, fixtures and tooling to assist industries to produce their products consistently and accurately and with minimal waste. These artisans are skilled in the use of hand tools as well as grinding, turning, milling and drilling machines.

Turner & machinist

These are specialist machine artisans that are highly skilled on either one or a variety of machines such as lathes, milling machines, surface and universal grinders and drilling/boring machines. Their task is to accurately produce or repair parts, which can also include the highly specialized field of gear cutting/grinding, in accordance to the client’s drawings and specifications.


Highly skilled welders are increasingly in demand due to modern advancements in production processes and materials. They need to be proficient in a wide variety of techniques and capable of continually producing high quality welds in often difficult conditions. Qualified welders can look forward to a variety of interesting opportunities in a wide range of industries.

Aviation Training

Aircraft Avionician

The aircraft avionician training incorporates all three existing aircraft avionic-related trades namely: aircraft electrician, aircraft radiotrician and aircraft instrument mechanic. Trainees are exposed to all three avionic trade fundamentals and on qualification they are ready for first line and minor maintenance installations and repairs of the modern day avionic aircraft critical for quick turnaround in aviation.

Aircraft Electrician

Aircraft electricians are responsible for the delivery and integration of electrical power between the various units of components of an aircraft. Responsibilities include the diagnostics, maintenance, repair and installation of electrical components which include generation systems and batteries.

Aircraft Instrument Mechanic

This is a highly specialized field that integrates the rare combination of both electronic and fine mechanical skills in one trade. An aircraft instrument mechanic is responsible for all the onboard instruments used to maintain flight safety and includes the auto-pilot. Due to the compact nature of the instruments, candidates are required to have excellent fine-motor dexterity.

Aircraft Radiotrician

The radiotrician is responsible for all the radio communication equipment onboard an aircraft which include navigation and communication. It is a very challenging career in view of the many new developments happening in the field and will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in electronics. Other facets of the trade include the installation, repair and adjustment of the equipment on an aircraft.

Aircraft Mechanic

A diverse and appealing occupation carrying a high degree of responsibility, the aircraft mechanic is required to have a broad and thorough understanding of an aircraft and all integrated systems. Their function is to perform preventative and corrective maintenance to ensure the safe operation of an aeroplane which includes repairs, adjustments, testing and ultimately to certify it for flight.

Aircraft Structural Worker

Commonly referred to as sheet metal workers, these artisans are responsible for the manufacture and repair of the physical airframe of an aircraft. Their work is primarily focused on the damage caused by incidents fatigue or corrosion to restore the integral strength of the airframe.

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