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 check that the regulations are not violated.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Grade 9 Certificate
Some employers prefer higher qualifications

What to Study

Theoretical training: at a TVET college

Correspondence course at UNISA

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 learners 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.


  • general trade where equipment in use is repaired and inspected
  • self-employed, offering specialised servicing and maintenance

Further Information

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

The Liaison Officer
The Steel & Engineering Industries Federation
of South Africa (SEIFSA)
P O Box 1338
Johannesburg, 2000
Tel: (011) 298-9400 Fax: (011) 298-9500

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a scale-making company
  • speak to a scale fitter about this career
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area

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