Artisans, Trades and Technicians

 Artisans, Trades and Technicians
  • Are you good with your hands?

  • Are you practical?

  • Would you like to work for yourself one day?

If you said YES to ONE of these questions – this job sector may interest you. 

Calling men and women: Artisans are in demand, worldwide! This is the Decade of the Artisan.

    DID YOU KNOW: You can start your artisan training in grade 10?     Most careers and jobs under Artisans, Trades & Technicians require you to work with your hands. There are lots of different areas you could work in. There is such a shortage of Artisans worldwide, that the chance of getting employment is really good, here or overseas. Entrepreneurs can also open their own business or become consultants. You will need work experience and a good skill set to start either. If you want more information about careers as Artisans, Trades & Technicians - click on the different sectors below to find different and interesting job descriptions.     Other articles to read:   Photo Montage above - credits: Man in blue, Lady Jeweller (Chris Kirchhoff)*, 2 Men (Graeme Williams)*, Man's face (Graeme Williams)*, Man in green (Chris Kirchhoff)* Media Club South Africa high-res photo library - other photos from Free Downloads          

Job descriptions

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Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic install, repair and maintain the air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in a wide range of areas, for example: large computer rooms, hospitals, supermarkets, large corporation offices, humidors (places where they keep cigars) etc.

Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic install, repair and maintain the air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in a wide range of areas, for example: large computer rooms, hospitals, supermarkets, large corporation offices, humidors (places where they keep cigars) etc.

Aircraft Assembler

The job of an Aircraft Assembler will depend on what they trade they study. Most Aircraft Technicians have a mechanical or structures qualification.

Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic

Are you safety conscious? Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics help to maintain aircraft. They replace and repair all the mechanical components of all types of aircraft. They also perform routine inspections, and check all the systems.

Aircraft Mechanic

Aircraft Mechanics are in demand! The job of an Aircraft Mechanic is to keep planes operating safely and efficiently. People’s lives are at stake which makes this job extremely important. Aircraft Mechanics regularly service aircraft, overhaul engines and parts and test the every-day smooth running of the aeroplanes.

Aircraft Sheet Metal Worker

Aircraft Sheetmetal Workers are in demand! Aircraft Sheet Metalworkers manufacture sheet metal components from which aircraft are assembled. They mark off and cut sheet metal according to engineering drawings.

Architectural Metalworker

An Architectural Metal Worker makes steel doors, metal patterns, fixtures, templates and railings for architectural purposes.

Armature Winder

The coil is a vital part of any electrical machine; if it breaks the motor will not work.
It is the job of the Armature Winder to locate the broken parts, remove them and either replace them with new ones or completely rewind all the coils.

Artist – Mosaic

A Mosaic Artist is very creative. A Mosaic Artist creates colourful images and pieces of art from small or broken pieces of glass, stones, tiles, ceramics, metal, mirrors and beads etc.

Automotive / Motor Mechanic

If you’re mad about the roar of an engine, the power of the pedal and the peak performance of a car or motorbike – then you may be a perfect candidate to become an Automotive Mechanic! Mechanics are like engine doctors! Their main job is diagnosing the problem(s) with cars/motorcycle engines and then fixing them.

Automotive / Vehicle Spray Painter

Are you passionate about cars? Detail orientated? Do you have interested in spray painting? – Why not consider a job as an Automotive / Vehicle Spray Painter. Automotive / Vehicle Spray Painters spray paint the bodywork of vehicles from small passenger cars to large trucks.

Automotive Body Repairer

Imagine being the person who takes a wreck from a car accident and makes it as good-as-new again. If this scene excites you, then maybe a career as an Automotive Body Repairer (Panel Beater) is just the job for you! Automotive Body Repairers repair damage to metal, plastic and fibreglass bodywork on different types of vehicles.

Automotive Electrician

If you’re a die-hard, passionate car person, love working with your hands, and have an interest in electricity, why not combine all of these in one job and become an Automotive Electrician? An Auto Electrician is a tradesman. They specialise in electrical wiring of motor vehicles.

Automotive Machinist

Now here’s an exciting job! If you’re a car-lover, good with your hands and can see yourself building combustion engines, then …. this may be the job for you! An Automotive Machinist is a trained metalworker who is skilled to renew or build internal combustion engines and engine components according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Automotive Sheet Metal Worker

Do you want to be part of a team to build cars? If this phrase excites you – then, maybe a job as an Automotive Sheet Metal Worker is a job worth considering. Automotive Sheet Metal Workers cut and shape sheet metal components into the correct forms and sizes for the bodywork of vehicles.

Automotive Trimmer

If you`re a perfectionist, passionate about cars and have an eye for detail … considering a career as an Automotive Trimmer may be the right path for you. An Automotive Trimmer is the person who is responsible for making the inside of the car luxurious and comfortable! They are like a car-upholsterers. Doesn’t this sound like a great job?

Avionics Mechanical Technician

Avionics is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft and missiles. Avionics Mechanical Technicians inspect, test and repair the electronic component devices of aircraft communication, navigation and flight control systems.

Blacksmith

A Blacksmith is a professional who works with metals such as iron, shaping them into useful or decorative shapes. Blacksmiths forge iron for industrial, commercial, domestic and artistic purposes. If you’re creative and like working with your hands – this could be the career for you!

Boatbuilder

A Boat Builder is also known as a Shipwright. They construct sea-worthy floating vessels like boats and ships, which include, for example, yachts, sailboats, schooners, cruise liners etc.

Boilermaker

Boilermakers are in demand! Boilermakers work in the heavy engineering industry and make boilers, engines and pressure-vessels.
They work with large sheets of metal to make parts for machines and equipment. If you imagine yourself as a metal worker and practically skilled, then a career in Boiler Making is for you!

Book Binders

A Book Binder is a person who has mastered the art of assembling individual pages of a book into a single volume (text block) and attaching a cover.

Bricklayer

Bricklayers are in demand! Without Bricklayers, houses, factories, hospitals, schools, museums etc CANNOT be built. A Bricklayer is therefore, an important team member on the construction site. A Bricklayer’s job is to construct and repair walls etc.

Butcher

A Butcher is a professional who cuts and prepares meat for sale. They range from supermarket Butchers who work with already-slaughtered (killed) animals to traditional Butchers who travel to farms to kill the animals humanely themselves. Butchery is a skilled trade.

Cabinet Maker

Passionate about wood? Are you good with your hands? Then becoming a Cabinet Maker may be the right career choice for you. A Cabinet Maker is a specialised carpenter who makes and builds fine furniture, cupboards and cabinets.

Cable Jointer

Are you interested in electricity? Are you brave enough to work with it? If you’re passionate about working on large electrical projects then becoming a Cable Jointer may be just the job you’re looking for.

Carpenter

Carpenters are in demand! Working with a natural material like wood, can be a very rewarding job. If you’re good with your hands and see yourself in the construction industry, then a job as a Carpenter may suit you. Carpenters work throughout the construction industry.

Carpenter Joiner

Carpenter Joiners are in demand! If you’re good with your hands and enjoy working with wood – then consider a job as a Carpenter Joiner!

Carton and Die Maker

The Carton & Die Maker produces the cutting dies required for cutting out the box shapes after the boxes have been printed.

Ceramist

A Ceramist is a professional artist who makes a living from making things out of clay.

Cheesemaker

Does cheese make you drool? Are you a cheese lover or do you prefer chocolate? If the idea of making cheese excited you – why don’t you consider becoming a Cheesemaker?

Chef

IN DEMAND: A Chef usually runs or is in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant, hotel, school, hospital, old-aged home, university, cruise ship, resort etc. They are in charge of the kitchen staff, preparing menus, ordering supplies and preparing the food. Chefs work particularly long hours.

Coffin Maker

This job is not a dead-end job!!! Everyone dies. Everyone has a funeral. And … everyone needs a coffin or casket. This means that everyone will need a Coffin Maker once in their life! A Coffin Maker makes coffins and caskets.

Computer Engineering Mechanic

A Computer Engineering Mechanic is a ‘trade or artisan’ job. A Computer Engineering Mechanic assists with support, maintenance, installations, testing and repairing hardware of computers.

Computer Network Technician

A Computer Network Technician works with computer networks and data communications systems. They help set up, maintain and fix these systems.

Confectionery Maker / Chocolatier

Now here’s a sweet job that may tantalise your tastebuds! If you have a sweet tooth and love working in the kitchen, then maybe you should consider becoming a Confectionery Maker. A Confectionery Maker is a person who specialises in making chocolates, toffees and other types of sweets.

Cooper

A Cooper is a kind of woodcrafts person who specialises in making casks or barrels for wine, brandies and other alcoholic beverages.

Diamond & Gemstone Setter

Would you like a career that sparkles? Are you passionate about diamonds? Does the colour of gemstones excite you? If YES, then consider a job as a Diamond and Gemstone Setter. It may be the perfect job for you!

Diamond & Gemstone Setter

Would you like a career that sparkles? Are you passionate about diamonds? Does the colour of gemstones excite you? If YES, then consider a job as a Diamond and Gemstone Setter. It may be the perfect job for you!

Diamond Cutter

Your career could sparkle! Are you good with your hands? Do you have a passion for diamonds and gemstones? Then becoming a Diamond Cutter may be the right job for you! A Diamond Cutter is a trained and skilled artisan who takes a rough diamond and ‘cuts’ it into a faceted shape and polishes it into a beautifully, sparkly diamond.

Die Sinker and Engraver

A Die Sinker works with metal. They use special equipment and hand tools to make or create a specific hole or shape in steel blocks. The ‘holes’ or cavities are used as moulds for plastic manufacturing, coin making, or die casting. Die Sinkers also do engraving.

Diesel Electrical Fitter

Diesel Electrical Fitters can work in train yards, power stations and in private homes. In a train yard, a Diesel Electrical Fitter’s main job is to install, maintain and repair wiring on diesel locomotives. Diesel Electrical Fitters use very technical equipment and hand tools.

Diesel Fitter

Diesel Fitters work on diesel engines. They are responsible for the service, maintenance and repair of these engines.

Diesel Mechanic

Does working with vehicle engines excite you? Diesel driven vehicles are an important part of the transport economy. Why not consider a career as a Diesel Mechanic?

Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic

Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic can also be known as a heavy Equipment Mechanic. Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic’s job is to maintain and repair all aspect of earthmoving machines from the hydraulic systems and power shift transmissions to electronic and electrical systems.

Electrician

Electricity is dangerous, yet very exciting. It’s essential to our economy for industry, commercial companies, mines, homes etc. Electricians are, therefore, in demand! An Electrician is trained and qualified to install, operate, repair, upgrade and service various electrical systems.

Electromechanician / Millwright

Are you responsible and mechanically minded – if YES, then maybe a job as an Electromechanician / Millright may be the right job for you. An Electromechanician / Millwright is a craftsman or specialised tradesman. They install, maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.

Electronic Originator

Desk Top Publishing (DTP) has revolutionised the printing industry. Many of the people-orientated jobs are now done by computers. For this reason, new jobs have arisen to accommodate this new trend. An Electronic Originator is one of them.

Electroplater

If you’re interested in metals and electricity – why not combine the two and become an Electroplater? An Electroplater is a specialised artisan who is responsible for coating items with metal using a technique called electroplating.

Engraver

Do you have an eye for detail? Are you good with your hands? Would you like to leave a ‘mark’ on other peoples’ treasures? If so, maybe becoming an Engraver, is the right career path for you. An Engraver is a skilled artisan. They engrave (‘cut’) delicately fine graphics or lettering into different types of material.

Engraver or Etcher

An Engraver or Etcher is a trained individual who is able to put images or lettering onto various items.

Escalator / Lift Mechanic

Escalator or Lift Mechanics work as part of a crew and specialise in the assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of escalators and lifts in accordance with local and national regulations.

Farrier

Can you hear the hooves of galloping horses in your dreams? Are you passionate about horses? Are you good with your hands? If you are, a job as a Farrier, might be the job for you! A Farrier is a professional person trained to make and fit shoes to horses’ hooves.

Finisher

A Finisher works in the Printing Industry. They are responsible for the ‘finishing’ touches to the print job. These finishing touches are usually done by hand or with the aid of some machinery.

Fitter & Turner

Fitters & Turners are in demand! Being a Fitter & Turner is a responsible job. It’s quite demanding but rewarding. You get to work with all sorts of metals and machinery. If this excites you – then maybe a career as a Fitter & Turner may suit you!

Fitter & Turner

Fitters & Turners are in demand! Being a Fitter & Turner is a responsible job. It’s quite demanding but rewarding. You get to work with all sorts of metals and machinery. If this excites you – then maybe a career as a Fitter & Turner may suit you!

Forklift Mechanic

A Forklift Mechanic is responsible for the servicing, maintenance and repair of forklifts. A Forklift Mechanic may also be a Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

Furniture Polishers

Furniture polishers polish timber furniture and musical instruments by hand or with a machine to give them a protective and attractive finish.

Gas Practitioner

Gas Practitioners are in demand! They’re specialised tradespersons. They are registered with SAPGA and authorised by the SAQCC (Gas) to conduct work in the pipeline natural gas industry. Qualified Gas Practitioners may work on domestic, commercial or industrial levels.

Glass Maker

A career in glass could be quite smashing! Have you thought about working and designing in glass? If you’re good with your hands, creative and like working in dangerous conditions – then a job as a Glass Maker may be the right job for you!

Glazier

If you would like a job at the ‘cutting-edge’ of the building industry and you’d like to work with glass and mirrors – then a job as a Glazier might be the career path you’re looking for. Glaziers are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing and removing all types of glass and mirrors.

Goldsmith

Goldsmiths design, make, alter and repair items generally made of gold, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Guillotine Operator

Welcome to the exciting world of print! A Guillotine Operator (also known as a Printer’s Cutter) is the person responsible for cutting down printed documents accurately so that the final product can be made, wrapped and delivered to customers.

Gunsmith

A Gunsmith is a talented artisan who works with guns. They are like ‘gun-engineers’. Areas they could be involved in include: design, construction, maintenance, customising and repairs.

Hairdresser

Hairdressers cut, colour and style both mens’, womens’ and childrens’ hair. Hairdresser are highly skilled, creative and talented people.

Handyperson

Handymen / Handypersons repair and maintain buildings, mechanical equipment, machines, electrical equipment, heating systems, air-conditioning, and even plumbing systems. They solve small problems before they become large, serious ones.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Equipment Mechanics maintain and repair all aspect of earthmoving machines from the hydraulic systems and power shift transmissions to electronic and electrical systems.

House Builder

A House Builder constructs, repairs and maintains homes and small buildings. If you’re interested in construction and would like to work mainly outdoors, this may be the career you’re looking for.

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

An Industrial Machinery Mechanic is an artisan who maintains and repairs factory and other industrial type machinery.

Joiner

Joiners are in demand! If you have a passion for wood and working with your hands, becoming a Joiner might be the right job for you!

Locksmith

A Locksmith is a key and lock expert. If you would like to be the man or woman in shining armour and come to the rescue of others… a job as a Locksmith may be the right job for you! Everyone needs a Locksmith sometime in their life because people constantly lose their keys or break keys off in locks or want duplicate keys made etc.

Machine Technician

If you love working with machines, have good hand-eye co-ordination – then becoming a Machine Technician, maybe the right career path for you! Machine Technicians often serve as machinists or mechanical engineering technicians. Machinists fabricate, operate and repair machines and machine tools.

Mechanical Fitter

A Mechanical Fitter is responsible for fitting and assembling parts made from metal and other materials to make production machinery.

Mechatronics Technician

Mechatronics is a new, cutting-edge artisan field. It’s a design-combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and control engineering. It’s extremely high-tech and it’s paving its way to becoming one of the most exciting career paths for would-be engineers.

Metal Fabricator

A Metal Fabricator usually works with steel or other ferrous (iron-containing) metals. You have to be very responsible as it can be quite dangerous work at times. If you’re good with your hands and can handle stress, then maybe a job in metal fabrication is worth considering.

Millwright / Electromechanician

Are you good with your hands? Would you like to work on huge machinery. Becoming a Millwright may be the job you’re looking for. A Millwright is an artisan who specialises in installing, maintaining and repairing large, stationary industrial machinery and equipment.
A Millwright may also be known as an Electromechanician.

Mobile Phone Technician

The world is going ‘wireless’ which means more and more mobile phones are being sold every day. That means too, that the world needs more and more Mobile Phone Technicians.

Motorcycle Mechanic

Are you passionate about motorcycles? Does the thrill of getting your hands dirty working on them appeal to you? Becoming a Motorcycle Mechanic may be the right job for you!

Moulder / Caster

A Moulder or Caster takes the molten liquid (melted metal) and pours it into casts or moulds to create specific shapes.

Musical Instrument Builder

Musical Instrument Builders design, build and assemble musical instruments and instrument parts and also restore, repair, alter or adjust them. They usually specialise in certain families of musical instruments, such as electronic, stringed or brass instruments or an individual musical instrument, like violins.

Other Mechanical Careers

Are you interested in mechanical engineering? There are so many different jobs in this sector. Learn all about the different career before you make your final decision. Find one that will suit your passion!

Painter

Every or most buildings (new and old) need painting done, inside and out and that means – good Painters are in demand! A Painter is a person who prepares and paints buildings, walls, ceilings, woodwork, railings, stairwells and banisters etc.

Pastry Chef

Pastry Chefs are in demand!

Here’s a finger-licking, sweet job for you! If you have a passion for food, particularly pastries, desserts, breads and other baked goods, then becoming a Pastry Chef may be the job for you.

Patternmaker

A Patternmaker is a skilled artisan who designs and makes patterns or templates. They are often found in the clothing and fashion industries. They could also work in the following industries: like Building (working with carpenters etc), Car and Machinery

Photo-Lithographer

Make your mark in the printing industry and become a Photo-lithographer. They are often known as Prepress Technicians. Photo-lithographers are responsible for all the photographic work in connection with the lithographic printing process.

Photocopier Technician

Almost every office as a photocopy machine – that means – every office will need a Photocopier Technician. A Photocopier Technician is a trained artisan who is responsible for the smooth running of photocopy machines.

Pipe Fitter

A Pipe Fitter is a specialised tradesperson who installs, maintains and repairs high pressure mechanical piping systems. These systems are often found in aircraft, industrial plants and various marine vessels.

Plasterer

Plasterers are in demand! Plasterers are needed in the construction of buildings and homes, specifically when new walls are needed.

Plumber

Plumbers are in demand! Everyone needs a Plumber sometime in their life! They are very important trades people. If they work hard they can make a lot of money. Plumbers specialize in installing and maintaining systems used for drinking water, sewage, heating, air-conditioning, drainage and industrial process plant piping.

Pre-Press Technician

A Pre-Press Technician works at a printing company. They are responsible for a variety of duties. The most important part of their job is to make sure that the customer’s job specifications are met BEFORE it goes to final printing.

Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer

A Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer is responsible for maintaining, servicing, calibrating, repairing highly specialised equipment. If you like doing precise work and have an eye for detail then becoming a Precision Maker and Repairer may be the right job for you!

Printing Press Minder

A Printing Press Minder works in the printing industry. They are responsible for the smooth running of the printing press and making sure that the print job runs correctly and on time.

Radar Mechanic

If you’re passionate about electronics and radar, are good with your hands and can keep a level head under pressure, then becoming a Radar Mechanic – may be the right career for you! A Radar Mechanic is a skilled artisan who specialises in installing, repairing and servicing radar.

Radio and Television Mechanic

Pump up the volume!!! If you have a passion for sound and are good with your hands – then becoming a Radio & TV Mechanic may just be the right job for you! Radio and Television Mechanics have to trace defects and repair radios and televisions, etc.

Radiotrician

Radiotricians install, test repair and maintain radar and radio equipment for aircraft, ships and other forms of transport.

Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanic

Industrial Refrigeration Mechanic’s job is to install, repair and maintain the air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in a wide range of areas, for example: large computer rooms, hospitals, supermarkets, large corporation offices, humidors (places where they keep cigars) etc.

Rigger

Are you an adrenalin junkie? If you are, then maybe a job as Rigger, is the job for you. Their job can, at times, be very dangerous, but very exciting at the same time. A Rigger is a tradesperson who specialises in rope-work which is used in lifting tackle, installing and maintaining steel cables, erecting chimneys, moving heavy machinery etc.

Roofer

A Roofer is a person who specialises in the construction of a roof. Their job is to build the rafters, beams and trusses which will form the skeleton for the roof. Roofers also specialise in waterproofing, guttering and flashing.

Scale Fitter

A Scale Fitter installs, repairs and calibrates a variety of scales. It’s a very precise and responsible job.

Screenprinter

If you like getting your hands dirty in the name of design …. if you are passionate about the printing industry …. if you like the pressure of deadlines …. and you’re a reliable, neat and an accurate worker – then a job as a Screenprinter may just be the job for you!

Sewing Machine Mechanic

This job won’t have you in stitches but it may give you a lot of job satisfacation! A Sewing Machine Mechanic is a person who is skilled to service, maintain and repair sewing machines and overlockers in clothing factories and, is some cases, in a private workshop, doing the same for private clients.