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.
Schooling & School Subjects
Grade 9 Certificate
Some employers prefer higher qualifications
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.
Head of Department
SA Scale Company
P O Box 1252
The Liaison Officer
The Steel & Engineering Industries Federation
of South Africa (SEIFSA)
P O Box 1338
Tel: (011) 298-9400 Fax: (011) 298-9500