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Scale Fitter
Scale fitters install, repair and calibrate a variety of scales.

They repair and recondition the various working parts of lever systems and fit replacement parts. They assemble, set up, test and adjust the various types of beam, counter and platform scales. They unpack, erect, set up and adjust self-indicating and partially self-indicating scales. They erect, maintain and recondition road and rail mass bridges. They may in some instances manufacture parts of scales that cannot be repaired or replaced.

The measuring of weights, whether of foodstuffs or any other product that is sold according to weight, must be accurate. The authorities act strictly against those who do not abide by the regulations. Scale fitters must see to it that the regulations are not violated.

Satisfying Aspects
- working in clean pleasant workshops
- regular working hours
- challenge of working with fine intricate machines
- good employment possibilities
- mostly good salaries paid

Demanding aspects
- high standard of training that demands accuracy
- keeping up absolute standards
- in some cases, a lot of travelling

A scale fitter should:
- be at least 16 years old;
- enjoy precision work;
- work very accurately;
- be dependable;
- have mechanical insight and ability;
- have sound knowledge of mathematics and physics;
- work with intricate mechanisms;
- have good eye-hand coordination;
- have good eyesight.

School Subjects
Grade 9 Certificate.
Some employers prefer higher qualifications.

Compulsory Subjects:Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Mechanical Technology

Theoretical training: at a FET college       
Correspondence course at UNISA (T)

Training is offered at various scale companies. This is a modular system under the control of the Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board. Before a trade test can be attempted, all learmers must have completed 80 weeks of practical training in the modular system. All prescribed modules must be completed.

After completion of the learnership course, the scale fitter will be knowledgeable about Safety, Workshop Drawing, Welding and Soldering, Rigging, Fitting and Electronics.

- Companies that manufacture and install scales and mass measuring instruments
- General trade where equipment in use is repaired and inspected
- Self-employed (specialised servicing and maintenance)

Head of Department
SA Scale Company
P O Box 1252
Benoni, 1500

The Liaison Officer
Steel and Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa)
P O Box 1338
Johannesburg, 2000
Tel. (011) 833-6033