Manufacturing: Essentials Of Factory Work

Course Fee R799.00

What Is This Course About?

This course serves to introduce people into the world of manufacturing. It takes the student on a journey through the four key operational areas of Manufacturing, People, Assets, Quality and Output.

It delves into each priority and attempts to show how complex factories are, by introducing the student to some of the key systems used. Most importantly, it emphasizes the role people have in ensuring the successful operation of a factory and the entire business for that matter. Not only does it give insight into each of these operational priories, it shows how crucial it is that synergy is maintained between them. Each is totally dependent on the other.

Who Should Be Doing This Course?

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in a career in manufacturing, be it the school leaver or someone who already works in a factory and wishes to gain a better understanding of factories; and how they really work.

This may include people who:

  • Already work in a factory and want to understand how a factory is managed.
  • Already work in a factory and wants to advance their career.
  • A school leaver or a scholar who is interested in starting work in a factory.
  • An unemployed person who is interested in seeking work in a factory. 
  • A person who wishes to explore the many careers available in manufacturing. 
  • Own or manage a business and wish to implement culture change in the workplace 
  • Own or manage a business and wish to align their employees with Operational Priorities

This course exposes you to the systems in a factory and how they interact with each other.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the scope of and how factories work within a set of core values.
  • Understand that people are the most important asset in the factory, the obligations of the employer, the employee and health and safety in the factory.
  • Understand the importance of discipline in the factory, employee and employer rights and the role of the HR department.
  • Understand the importance of assets, the role they play in the business, how to maintain and care for them and the role of the maintenance department and workers in maintenance.
  • Understand the concept of fit for purpose, the cost of good and bad quality, the difference between quality control and quality assurance and the role of the worker in quality.
  • Understand the planning organising leading and controlling functions in the factory and how to motivate workers.

How Is Your Course Mark Calculated? 

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study At Your Own Pace

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Manufacturing basics - Operational Priorities and how factories work
CHAPTER 2 Protection of People
CHAPTER 3 The Human Resources Department
CHAPTER 4 Protection of Assets
CHAPTER 5 Protection of Quality and the role of the quality department.
CHAPTER 6 Protection of output

Kevin Vos


Presently employed as the Operations Manager, in a refrigeration manufacturing company, Kevin has vast experience in managing factories in different industries in different roles from Production Superintendent to General Manager. In addition, he has extensive experience in the plastics industry both as a manager and in a technical capacity. He has managed steel manufacturing processes, project management teams and bespoke assembly lines. He is a strong, logical thinker who can apply alternative solutions to problems and apply a systematic approach. His technical background coupled with a BSc Honours degree in Production Management, holds him in good stead. He has lectured for the Production Management Institute (PMI) in Johannesburg focusing on Production Management III, and many short courses as required for specific companies, like Quality control, Work studies and Statistics in factories.

Essentials of Factory Work

Jerry Mlangeni

I have learnt so much with this course, some of the things I am currently doing but these were explained in detail as I did the course.

Thank you Educate24, I am looking forward to my next course.

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