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TDM Powered Skills Programmes

The Foundation Programme

The TDM Foundation Programme was presented for the first time in 2010 and has since been approved and registered by merSETA as a Skills Programme: Toolroom Assistant (SP 0627/11-17). The TDM Powered Foundation Programme is presented over one year and consists of the following three phases:

Phase 1:
Applied Theory
Fundamental Theory
Occupational Readiness
Support: Individual support/counselling to students
Support: Personal Development Plans

Phase 2:
Workshop Practical
Phase 3:
On the Job Training (OJT)

Entry requirements:
To start a career in the Tooling Manufacturing Industry applicants must have Grade 12 / NC(V)4 / N3 with required subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science/Engineering Science and English.

Selection for the programme:
In order to be selected in to the programme prospective students must complete the application form and submit the form on or before the specified closing date. Selected applicants will be interviewed and if successful, will participate in a final assessment. Once selected into the programme, students will have to sign a training contract.

Cost of the Foundation Programme:
Students’ course fee will be sponsored by the programme within limits. Students will also receive a stipend in Phase 3, on-the-job training of the programme. Students will however be responsible for their own travel and accommodation for the total period of training.

Application form
Download an application form here
Download the Foundation Programme brochure

The Master Toolmaker Programme

The Master Toolmaker Programme is designed to equip individuals with the competency tools and techniques necessary to succeed in specialist fields within the manufacturing industry. The programme is offered as a modular part-time course over a period of two years at technical and academic universities participating in the NTI Programme in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. This practical, well-structured programme is based on the German Master Artisan model and has been moulded to the needs of the South African Manufacturing Industry.  Entry requirements are a NQF level 4 Mechanical Engineering qualification (or higher) plus a toolmaker trade or equivalent with at least four years of experience in one of the fields of specialization.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Plastics Mould Making
  • Metal Forming Die Making
  • Casting and Die Casting or Mouldmaker/Patternmaker
  • Machine Building and
  • Precision Machining

Application form
Download an application form here
Download the Master Toolmaker Programme brochure

Masters in Tooling Engineering Programme

The TDM Powered Programme has developed a Masters in Tooling Engineering Programme in conjunction with WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie in Germany designed to equip mechanical or industrial engineers in the tooling sector with the advanced engineering skills required within the manufacturing and tooling industry

Application form
Download an application form here
Download the Masters in Tooling Engineering brochure