Construction, Engineering and Mining

Construction, Engineering and Mining Engineering careers may require you to work: either outdoors, in an office or underground. This sector has a large variety of career paths, from architecture and town planning to all forms of mining, from mechatronics to all forms of engineering etc. South Africa needs homes, hospitals, offices, roads, bridges, dams, harbours and mines etc to be built and maintained. Everyone (men and women) can play their role in this sector, from labourers to designers, from engineers to project managers. Our country needs you! If you want more information about careers in Construction, Engineering and Mining, click on the different sectors on the left (or below) to find different and interesting job descriptions.

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Job descriptions

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Aerodynamicist

Aerodynamics is the study of air motion, particularly when it interacts with a solid object. Aerodynamists usually work in the design department of aeroplanes, spacecraft, vehicles including racing cars, ships and sailing vessels. They can even assist urban planners.

Aeronautical Engineer

Aeronautical Engineering is one of the most challenging and exciting fields of engineering where you work with the latest technology. Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineers are mechanical engineers who work to develop new technology for aviation, space exploration and airborne defence systems.

Aeronautical Engineering Technician

An Aeronautical Engineer Technician or Operations Technician usually assist or work alongside an aeronautical engineer. Their main job is to help in the development of new aircraft and space vehicles. They help design, build, test and maintain parts for air and spacecraft.

Aeronautical Engineering Technologist

Aeronautical Engineering Technologists assist Aeronautical Engineers. They work with the design and construction of aircraft. They are in charge of analysing and modifying existing or new aeronautical technologies and/or systems.

Aerospace Operations Technician

Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering which studies design, construction and the science of aircraft and spacecraft. If you have a love of aeroplanes together with a passion for mechanics or design, this would be good career choice for you.

Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural Engineering is concerned with the environment and our natural resources. Agricultural Engineers use their engineering and biological science knowledge to solve agricultural problems.

Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

Industrial Refrigeration Mechanics 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

Industrial Refrigeration Mechanics 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 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.

Architect

Architects work in the construction industry designing new buildings and the spaces around them. They work closely with users, clients and officials to make sure that projected designs match the needs of these groups.

Architectural Draughter

Architectural Draughters are like architect assistants. The job of an Architectural Draughter is to prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by an architect.

Architectural Metal Worker

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

Architectural Model Builder

Architectural Model Builder’s job is to make models of buildings to scale using architectural drawings. The scale models are precise so that the architects and clients can get a better idea of how the building will look once complete. They can see how much sunlight will come through the windows and whether or not the building fits in with its surroundings.

Architectural Technologist

The job of an Architectural Technologist is similar to that of an Architect, except that they are not as involved in the design of the building. Based on the architect’s vision, an Architectural Technologist’s job is to make sure that a building is functional and meets the legal building regulations and requirements.

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.

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.

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineers are employed in the medical industry. They use a combination of knowledge of biology, medicine, technology and mechanical engineering in their job. Biomedical Engineers research and develop and design new medical equipment and instruments.

Blaster

A Blaster works on a mine or in a quarry. They have the responsible job of fill the ‘holes’ made by the Rock Drill Operator with explosives and detonators.Once the explosions take place, the rubble rock, coal or ore can be removed. Sometimes the Blaster is used to set up explosives to demolish old or unsafe structures.

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!

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.

Building Inspector

A Building Inspector has the responsible job to make sure buildings comply with local, national building codes and regulations. Building Inspectors work for local municipalities.

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!

Chemical Engineer

Are you naturally inquisitive and open-minded with a strong aptitude for mathematics and the sciences? Why not consider a career in Chemical Engineering. Chemical Engineers combine chemistry and engineering to help solve some of the world’s problems.

Chemical Engineering Technician

As a Chemical Engineering Technician, employment is possible in most areas of process engineering. You could be involved in research and development, design and construction of chemical processing plants, or in plant operations and maintenance. The choice is yours.

Chemical Engineering Technologist

A Chemical Engineering Technologist researches, analyses and makes changes to to new or existing chemical engineering technologies and systems. They can work in industries like: Oil and gas – Explosives – Food and drink – Pharmaceuticals (medicines) – Synthetic materials etc.

Chemical Plant Operator

A Chemical Plant Operator works in a chemical plant. Their job is to monitor and control equipment and co-ordinate maintenance when required. They are also in charge of start up and shut down.

Chemical Plant Worker

A Chemical Plant Worker works in a chemical plant. Their job includes a variety of tasks like: – Delivering materials to processing areas – Dumping materials into hoppers – Operating specialised machinery – Filling or fastening covers onto containers etc.

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers are in demand in SA and internationally! Civil Engineers plan, design, and oversee the construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, bridges, harbors, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units.

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technician provide technical support to Civil Engineers on large-scale construction projects like skyscrapers, bridges, dams, roads and tunnels, harbours, sewerage systems etc.

Civil Engineering Technologist

A Civil Engineering Technologist is like a civil’s researcher. They take their research, analyse all the data and then modify new, existing or old engineering technologies.

Crane & Tower Operators

Crane and Tower Operators drive a large number of different types of cranes to lift and move materials, machines or products in many directions. We see many Crane Operators on sites eg: new football stadiums, factories, schools, hospitals, offices, shopping centres and high-rise developments.

Crane & Tower Operators

Crane and Tower Operators drive a large number of different types of cranes to lift and move materials, machines or products in many directions. We see many Crane Operators on sites eg: new football stadiums, factories, schools, hospitals, offices, shopping centres and high-rise developments.

Crane Operator

Crane Operators work on cranes or draglines to lift, move position and place machinery, equipment or other large objects at construction sites. They work for construction firms, manufacturers, shipbuilders, cargo-handlers and railways.

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 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?

Draughtsman

Draughtsman are like architect assistants. The job of a Draughtsman is to prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by an architect.

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.

Electrical Engineer

Thinking of a career in Engineering? Are you excited by the design and development of electrical equipment? Becoming an Electrical Engineer will incorporate these areas. An Electrical Engineer usually deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism.

Electrical Engineering Technician

An Electrical Engineering Technician tests electrical systems and prepares charts and reports. They often assist Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technologists.

Electrical Engineering Technologist

An Electrical Engineering Technologist works on new and existing engineering technology and applies up to date systems to electrical engineering projects. This is a GREEN occupation!

Electronics Engineer

An Electronics Engineer designs electronics. These products could be really simple or be as large as an international GPS (global positioning system).

Electronics Engineering Technician

An Electronics Engineering Technician designs, makes up and tests electronic systems and equipment. They usually assist qualified Electronic Engineers.

Electronics Engineering Technologist

An Electronics Engineering Technologist researches, analyses, modifies new and existing electronic systems. They could work or specialise in: Radar – Telemetry – Remote control systems – Microwaves – Aerospace / transport – Other electronic equipment etc.

Elevator / Lift Mechanic

Lift Mechanics work as part of a crew and specialise in the assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of lifts in accordance with local and national regulations. Lift Mechanics work indoors, both in buildings under construction and in existing buildings. Some Lift Mechanics may even work on our local mines.

Energy Engineer

Energy Engineers design, plan and perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and the removal of environmental health hazards using various engineering disciplines.

Engineering Manager

An Engineering Manager is in charge of the design & construction of large engineering or process plants.

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineering is the use of science and engineering principles to improve the environment and work to find solutions to provide healthy, clean water, air, and land for all living things (humans, animals and organisms) … and to deal with already polluted sites.

Environmental Engineering Technician

An Environmental Engineering Technician is passionate about saving our environment.They work to reduce and control: Pollution – Recycling – Waste Disposal.

Explosives Expert

An Explosive Expert is responsible for all aspects of working with dangerous explosives. This is a very responsible, potentially dangerous job.

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.

Geologist

A Geologist is passionate about the structure, physical characteristics and composition of the earth. Their studies are used in: mineral exploration (mining), civil engineering, environmental protection and earth rehabilitation programmes (after mining etc).

Geotechnician/Geotechnologist

Geotechnicians/Geotechnologists are civil engineering scientists who study the earth’s crust to determine the natural resources of the area or to locate building materials for large constructions. They use very sophisticated, technical instruments, satellite and aerial photography, computers, drills etc.

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.

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.

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 Engineer

An Industrial Engineer mixes engineering with business. They may work in many fields but their main job is to focus on increasing efficiency and saving the business money. Often, Industrial Engineers find themselves in managerial positions.

Industrial Engineering Technician

An Industrial Engineering Technician often works in a factory, manufacturing plant or in a warehouse. Their job is to make production etc more efficient and safe. Most Industrial Engineering Technician work alongside industrial engineers or other specialised professionals.

Industrial Engineering Technologist

An Industrial Engineering Technologist could work in many industries, factories, manufacturing and processing plants as well as warehouses. The may even work alongside Industrial Engineers or on their own in a company.

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!

Land Surveyor

A Land Surveyor is a professional person who surveys the land (townships and farms), buildings and roads to determine existing boundaries or to create new ones. Land Surveyors play a key role in land development and reform and work closely with town planners, architects and engineers.

Marine Engineer

A Marine Engineer is responsible for research and development of new marine vessels and equipment.

Marine Engineering Technologist

A Marine Engineering Technologist usually works alongside a Marine Engineer. They design and construct various marine vessels, offshore platforms and marine equipment. They could work for the military, large ship building companies or companies that manufacture marine components and parts, like engines, etc.

Mechanical Engineer

Are mathematics and science your passion and does the world of engineering fascinate you. Becoming a Mechanical Engineer might just be the world you are looking to enter.

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Are you considering a career in engineering? Becoming a Mechanical Engineering Technician could be what you are looking for. A Mechanical Engineering Technician works alongside a Mechanical Engineer. They conduct tests on mechanical systems.

Mechatronics Engineer

Mechatronics is a new, cutting-edge engineering 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. Mechatronic Engineers are in demand!

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.

Metallurgical Engineer

Metallurgy is the science of metals and making sure the right metal is used for a job, or converting the chemical compound so it’s perfect for a job. A Metallurgical Engineer’s main focus is the conversion of raw metal to something useful.

Metallurgical Engineering Technologist

A Metallurgical Engineering Technologist takes outdoor samples and performs laboratory experiments to determine the chemical make-up and properties of metals.

Metallurgist

A Metallurgist is an engineer who is involved in investigating the properties of metals and the development of new processes for extracting metals from ore and producing new alloys.

Mine Ventilation Observer

A Mine Ventilation Observer is a technical expert for the ventilation and occupational hygiene of the mine. To follow this career path you will need a minimum Grade 9.

Miner

A Miner works in a mine or a quarry. They are responsible for blasting, excavating and digging to remove the ore from the mine or quarry. In some instances, mining can be dangerous.

Mineralogist

A Mineralogist is a kind of geologist who studies minerals. Mineralogists work mainly outdoors in remote areas. They also work in laboratories where they will do experiments to analyse the properties of the minerals.

Mines Safety Inspector

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) employs Mines Safety Inspectors. A Mines Safety Inspector is responsible for the safety and health of the employees and other persons (like sub-contractors, visitors etc) on the mine.

Mining Assistant

Mining Assistants work both underground in the mines and on the surface. A career as a Mining Assistant offers steady employment with good benefits, such as housing, however, it involves working in a possibly dangerous, underground environment.

Mining Engineer

A Mining Engineer is a kind of mechanical engineer. They are responsible for coming up with ideas and systems to make mining safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Mining Engineering Technician

A Mining Engineering Technician generally works alongside mining and other engineers and engineering technologists. They are responsible for the safety, efficiency and cleanliness of mines or quarries.

Mining Engineering Technologist

If you would like to work in a mining environment and love engineering – this may be the career you’re looking for! A Mining Engineering Technologist generally works alongside Mining Engineers. They are responsible for the safety, efficiency and cleanliness of mines or quarries.

Mining Operator

A Mining Operator operates big machinery to break, excavate and load minerals. They work in underground mines or open quarries.

Mining Support Worker

A Mining Support Worker helps perform jobs on the mine like: taking apart and assembling mining equipment / taking samples of rock / mixing ore treating chemicals etc. They can work in underground mines or quarries.

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!

Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller

A Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller provides technical support in a nuclear power plant. This work can cover installations, operations and maintenance of equipment and the facilities.

Other Careers under Geology & Geological Sciences

If you love geography and sciences – here are some more careers that might interest you. A lot of these careers expect you to work both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. These careers can be very exciting and interesting.

Other Careers under Geology & Geological Sciences

If you love geography and sciences – here are some more careers that might interest you. A lot of these careers expect you to work both indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. These careers can be very exciting and interesting.

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.

Panel Beater

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.

Petroleum Engineer

A Petroleum Engineer plans and organises the engineering aspects of finding and extracting petroleum or natural gas from our planet.

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.

Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor is a very important professional who tries to make sure that buildings and construction projects, like airports, hotels, theme parks, for instance, are erected within budget. They are responsible for working out all the costs with regard to materials and labour.