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Technical excellence and in-house skills in large diesel and gas engine component remanufacturing relies on top-class artisan expertise.
It also impacts advanced and specialised equipment.

Metric Automotive Engineering has an ongoing investment in their people’s skills, creating the assets that underpin their technical capability. In the same way, they re-invest in their world-class equipment. They constantly upgrade their in-house skills sets and empower new employees.

Building the SA economy

The company highlights the vital role in South Africa’s economy for structured and closely supervised learning of trades. Metric Automotive Engineering has been systematically conducting for decades. From the previous apprenticeship system to the current learnership programmes, the company’s technical staff have grown into demanding senior positions. They also then assume responsibility for passing on their knowledge to new learners. 

The company works closely with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta). They ensure that they achieve the required competency-based outcomes. Simultaneously, their learning process aligns with the ISO accreditation to ensure that the expertise they generate is globally competitive.

Skills development is crucial

The training of new entrants through to journeyman status – or artisans – has been central to their business model since inception. The meticulous sharing of experience and skills from the company’s ‘custodians of knowledge’ has allowed a steady supply of committed experts to gain the best value from its leading-edge machinery. 

Customers can rely on the quality of their workmanship. The depth of their skills base allows them to apply all the necessary ISO checks for optimal results. It’s the basis of their culture of quality, where each person on their workshop floor is part of a smoothly functioning environment.

In-house Skills A machinist at Metric Automotive Engineering double checking setup parameters prior to machining 16 cylinder block

The learning process ensures that a wide range of in-house skill sets is covered. Each learner gets a rounded capability and an integrated understanding of the workshop equipment and processes.

It contrasts with an approach where staff focus on a limited number of tasks, which can restrict their growth and abilities. 

Their multi-skilled approach gives their artisans greater variety and fulfilment in their work and career development. It gives their workshop greater capacity to absorb high work-flows, and still ensure customers get quality results.

He notes the importance of technical trades like automotive machining in opening up career opportunities for young South Africans. School-leavers with science and mathematics at matriculation level can enter exciting careers through structured learnerships. Such programmes can provide skills of life-long value. As artisan expertise evolves over time they meet new equipment demands and sophistication. 

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Final cut on the main bearing housing prior to metal spray at Metric Automotive Engineering.
Final cut on the main bearing housing prior to metal spray at Metric Automotive Engineering.