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Mechanical Technology entices the application of engineering principles in various disciplines and technological developments. It focuses on concepts in the mechanical environment. It embraces skills for the creation of desired products, machinery and tools and the subject also provides scope for the improvement of many mechanically related processes, services and systems related to production and manufacturing.

The subject focuses on three main areas, namely:

  • Welding and Metalwork

  • Fitting and Machining

  • Automotive


Learners enrolled in Mechanical Technology have several careers opportunities e.g:

  • Automotive Technologist

  • Clinical Technologist

  • Fluid Mechanics Technologist

  • Machine Design and Development

  • Maintenance Technologist

  • Piping Technologist

  • Pressurized Vessels Technologist

  • Structural steel Technologist

  • Thermodynamics Technologist

  • Rotational Plant Technologist

  • Welder, Cutter, Solderers all work with metal parts in various ways, either by cutting, joining or repairing metal

  • Steel Fabrication

  • Sheet Metal Worker

  • Boilermaker

  • Automotive Machinist

  • Die Maker

  • Gear Machinist

  • Maintenance Machinist

  • Metal Die Finisher and various more exciting employment

Learners offering Mechanical Technology may opt for one of the following opportunities:

  • Apprenticeship to become an artisan

  • Continued studies at a college in a vocational pathway

  • Higher education at a university of technology

  • Higher education at a university – engineering

  • Self-employment as an entrepreneur or employment by an entrepreneur

Mechanical engineering technologists provide technical support and services and may work independently in mechanical engineering fields such as design, development, maintenance and testing of machines, components, tools, fabrication and troubleshooting.


At HOËR TEGNIESE SKOOL RUSTENBURG we urge and capacitate our learners to become the best in this division of the industrial world.

Welding is an integral part of our lives and is interwoven in many different divisions of industry namely:

  • building of boats,

  • pipe lines, e.g. in the oil industries and

  • building of infrastructure.

We are proud to claim that we have a welding workshop that stands up to the best welding workshops in Africa. Job opportunities are always available.  A learner enrolled to be trained as a welder will be well prepared for a career in this industry.


Machining focuses on the manufacturing and machining of machine parts using center lathes, milling machines, drilling and grinding.  This will give the learners the skills to do repairs and maintenance of plant or factory equipment and installation, 

Our fitting and machining workshop is well equipped with relevant machine and hand tools.


The Fitting and Machining subject is for learners whose duties will include performing engineering measurements, calculations, maintaining drives, interpreting engineering drawings and using lathes and milling machines to produce the required product.

After completing matric, a learner will have the following specific career opportunities:

  • Mechanical/maintenance fitter

  • Fitter and Turner

  • Tool and Die maker

  • Fitter and Machinist

  • Mechanical Engineering


The Automotive department falls under the Mechanical Technology department. Learners are exposed from Grade 8 to learning about engines and motor vehicles. They are taught how to use different tools and machines, and safety training are part of learning. As early as Grade 8 learners start to work with hands-on projects prescribed by the curriculum. In Grade 10 those learners taking Automotive Technology as a subject are taught all that has to do with vehicles, namely parts of cars and how they function.

The Automotive department has a workshop that is equipped with small hand tools like spanners to big workshop equipment such as Four Post lifts and mobile hoists. Different types of engines are used and can be worked on for practical experience or be observed and studied as examples.  This workshop contains engine components and car parts to make the learning this subject as practical as possible.

Upon successful completion of grade 12 there are various specific career prospects: 

  • Enrollment in the Automotive department at a tertiary institution 

  • An apprenticeship in motor mechanics. 

  • A technical sales representative in car spares shops and companies. 

  • Self-employment after completing a tertiary course in motor mechanics. 

  • Technical educator, design engineer, panel beater and more.

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