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Through its well-equipped nationally and internationally accredited training facility, Denel Technical Academy (DTA), Denel Aviation offer accredited, cost effective and efficient training of technical personnel for the aerospace, engineering and defence industries. The academy is fully managed by Denel Aviation and courses offered range from apprenticeship to type and advanced training. 

Apprenticeship Training

Denel Technical Academy courses are accredited by various training authorities to offer training, in accordance with the Competency Based Modular Training system, to ensure that apprentices are adequately trained both practically and theoretically to allow them to continue their experiential training to qualify them to become artisans. Denel Technical Academy offers rudimentary training opportunities to prospective apprentices in the following fields:

Aircraft Avionician

The Aircraft Avionician incorporates all three of the existing aircraft avionic related trades, namely; Aircraft Electrician, Aircraft Radiotrician and Aircraft Instrument Mechanic. It is restricted to first-line maintenance, which includes installations, minor maintenance, and repairs of equipment.

Aircraft Electrician

Aircraft Electricians are responsible for the delivery and integration of electrical power between the various units of components of an aircraft. Included in their responsibilities is the diagnostics, maintenance, repair and installation of electrical components which include generation systems and batteries.

Aircraft Instrument Mechanic

This is a highly specialised field that integrates the rare combination of both, electronic and fine mechanical skills, in one trade. An Aircraft Instrument Mechanic is responsible for all the onboard instruments used to maintain flight safety and include the auto-pilot. Due to the compact nature of the instruments, candidates are required to have excellent fine motor dexterity.

Aircraft Mechanic

A diverse and appealing occupation carrying a high degree of responsibility, the aircraft mechanic is required to have a broad and thorough understanding of an aircraft and all integrated systems. Their function is to perform preventative and corrective maintenance to ensure the safe operation of an aeroplane which includes repair, adjustments, testing and ultimately to certify it for flight.

Aircraft Radiotrician

The radiotrician is responsible for all the radio communication equipment onboard an aircraft which include navigation and communication. It is a very challenging career in view of the many new developments happening in the field and will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in electronics. Other facets of the trade include the installation, repair and adjustment of the equipment on the aircraft.

Aircraft Structural Worker

Commonly referred to as sheet metal workers, these people are responsible for the manufacture and repair of the physical airframe of an aircraft. Primarily, their work is devoted to the damage caused by incidents, fatique or corrosion to restore the integral strength of the airframe.


Electricians are responsible for the installation and maintenance of industrial and domestic electrical network. They too need to ensure that such installations are always safe for the user and also comply with all the stringent regulations as prescribed by law. The electricians work range will include both single and three phase electrical systems from light to heavy duty current.

Fitter & Turner

These are multi-skilled maintenance fitters that keep the wheels of industry running smoothly. They are capable in most machining processes including; turning milling, grinding and welding which make them virtually self-reliant in their trade and an asset to any company. They too are often involved in the development and fitting of new production processes.

Machine Tool Millwright

This trade was specifically introduced to cater for people interested in the maintenance and repair of machinery. It covers a broad spectrum integrating the combination of both mechanical fitting and electrical/electronic skills which include electrical installations, electronic controllers and microprocessors such as those found in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines.

Toolmaker & Jig Maker

The toolmaker and jig maker is a craftsperson with the ingenuity to produce specialized jigs, fixtures and tooling to assist industries to produce their products consistently and accurately and with minimal waste. These people are skilled in the use of hand tools as well as grinding, turning, milling and drilling machines.

Turner & Machinist

These are specialist machine artisans that are highly skilled on either one or a variety of machines such as lathes, milling machines, surface and universal grinders and drilling/boring machines. Their task is to accurately produce or repair parts, which can also include the highly specialised field of gear cutting/grinding, in accordance to the clients drawings and specifications.


Highly skilled welders are increasingly in demand due to modern advancements in production processes and materials. They need to be proficient in a wide variety of welding techniques and capable of continually producing high quality welds in often difficult conditions. Qualified welders can look forward to a variety of interesting opportunities in a wide range of industries.

CNC Training

Computer Numerically Controlled machines are widely used in industry for better cost effectiveness, increased production, and better quality of machined products. We offer training in the following aspects: 5-axis milling, turning with live tooling, 5-axis wire cutting, spark eroding, 3-D metrology as well Cad/Cam programming (Master cam) in all of the above machining processes. Courses are customised to meet clients requirements. 

Advanced & Type Training

Various Courses are presented and can be developed to the client's needs on civil and military aircraft. Type training practitioner staff possess critical experience in military and/or commercial aircraft, with a vast knowledge of their products. Our expertise has been accumulated through years of experience in the line of service, overhaul, test and performance environments. Our success with our students is due to a combination of class lectures, the use of products and components, computer-based-training (CBT) and computer-aided instruction.

Advanced courses based on part 66 to develop staff to a higher skill level are presented such as Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and Corrosion etc.:

  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Aircraft Servicing and Safety
  • Aviation Technology for Non-Technical Employees
  • Reading of Measuring Instruments
  • Synchro & Servos
  • Foreign Object Debris (FOD)
  • ICAO Endorsed, Safety Management Systems
  • Science of materials
  • Basic corrosion control
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