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Denel (Pty) Limited is the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa and operates in the military aerospace and landward defence environment. Incorporated as a private company in 1992 in terms of the South African Companies Act (No 62 of 1973), Denel’s sole shareholder is the South African Government. 

Denel is an important defence contractor in its domestic market and a key supplier to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), both as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and for the overhaul, maintenance, repair, refurbishment and upgrade of equipment in the SANDF’s arsenal.


Careers and Training

Recruitment and training are done on a decentralised basis by each of the Business Entities and associated companies and not by the Denel Corporate office. You are therefore kindly requested to contact these businesses should you wish to enquire about employment or training.

For further information, please visit Denel website.


Denel Youth Programmes:


Denel Technical Academy: 


  • Aircraft Avionicia
  • Aircraft Electrician
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Radiotrician 
  • Aircraft Structural Worker 
  • Electrician 
  • Fitter and Turner 
  • Machine Tool Millwright 
  • Toolmaker and Jig Maker 
  • Turner and Machinist
  • Welder 
Qualification and conditions for apprenticeship: 

Minimum entrance qualification for all trades Grade 10 (N1) with mathematics, science and being able to communicate fluently in English for the following trades: 

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Turner & Machinist
  • Aircraft Structures Worker
  • Toolmaker & Jig Maker 
  • Fitter & Turner 
  • Welder 

Grade 11 (N2) or equivalent with mathematics, science and communicate fluently in English for the following trades: 

  • Aircraft Radiotrician
  • Aircraft Avionician 
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
  • Electrician 
  • Aircraft Electrician 
  • Machine Tool Millwright 
For more information contact Denel Technical Academy
Tel: (011) 927 2811/  2361

Denel Avitiation: 


  • Aircraft Avionic Technicians
  • Aircraft Mechanical Technicians
  • Aircraft Structural Technicians
  • Aircraft Composite Technicians
  • System Engineering 
Inherent requirements: Bachelors Degree in Engineering (mechanical, electronic) 

Colin Singarum
Tel: (011) 927 3535/ (011) 927 2361

Denel Dynamics: 


  • Electronic/ Computer Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Mechatronic Engineer 
Inherent requirements: 4 year degree (B Eng) 
Bursaries are awarded in the fields of Electronic, Computer, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Mechatronic and Industrial Engineering.

Submit your application on online before 30 September 2010

Contact: Venashree McPherson
Tel: (012) 671 2513
Website: Denel Dynamics 

OTB Multipurpose Test Range: 

  • Technical Careers
  • Engineering: Electronics, Megatronics
  • Technician:  Radar, Optical, Cenetheodolite
  • Scientist: Data Analyst, Explosive Manager, Meteorologist 
  • IT Careers: User Support Control, Programmer, Analyst
  • Artisan Careers: Mechanic (petrol/diesel), Electrician, Plumber, Carpenter 
For more information on qualifications needed, visit the following websites: 

Contact OTB
Tel: (028) 445 2000
Fax: (028) 445 2007
Website: Denel Overberg Test Range

Denel Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP): 


  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineer, Technicians, Artisans
  • Chemical Engineering: Explosives Technology, Analytical Chemist 
  • Explosive Technologists: Metallurgist 
Inherent requirements: 

  • Mechanical Engineering:
    • Mechanical Engineer: University degree
    • Technicians: University of Technology related qualification 
  • Artisans: 
    • Trade test certificate Chemical Engineering 
  • Explosives Technology: University accredited certificate
    • Analytical Chemist University degree or University of Technology related qualification 
  • Explosive Technologists: University degree or University of Technology related qualification
    • Metallurgist: University degree or University of Technology related qualification


PJJ (Peet) Potgieter
Tel: (012) 318 1484
Fax: (012) 318 1088

Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd: 



  • Mechanical & Optical Engineering: Structural design and structure dynamics, Environmental design and testing, Fine mechanics, Solid modelling, Simulations, Control systems, Design for Flight Safety requirements, Broad experience in bearings, lubricants, adhesives, electric motors, etc, Optical coatings
  • Electronic Engineering: Power electronics, Digital electronics (design, modelling, simulation & tolerance, analysis, embedded processors, PCB layout, DSP),  Analogue design, FPGA/CPLD design, Video (analogue, digital (HD), symbology),  EMI/EMC
  • RTCA/DO-254 hardware certification to levels A, B, C, and D, Control hardware design and development 
  • Software Engineering: Software development management and quality assurance,  RTCA/DO-178B Certification to levels A, B, C, D,  Applications both Embedded and PC based, Environments (x86, i960, Shark, PowerPC, VxWorks, Texas Instruments TMS320Cx, Motorola DSP 56000, PIC, Family of ATMEL Controllers), Control software and navigation algorithms, Hardware communications protocol design and development 
  • System Engineering:  System Engineering and Design processes (INCOSE),  System performance modelling and simulation, System Acquisition and technical management 

Brian Mabasa
Tel: (012) 674 0294
Fax: (012) 674 0198
Fax to mail: 08 66 386 051
Website: Zeiss

SAFRAN Turbomeca Africa: 


  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Turner & Machinist 


  • Matric (Maths &Science) – A/C Trade Certificate.

Sheila Mudau
Tel: 010 001 4970 ext. 2987 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd (RDM): 


The following career opportunities exist within RDM in the following fields of study:

  • External Bursary opportunities:
    • Chemistry (BSC)
    • Chemical Engineering (BTech)
    • Mechanical Engineering (BTech) and
    • Polymer Science (PHD).


  • Chemistry (BSC)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BTech)
  • Industrial Engineering (BTech)
  • Chemical Engineering (BTech)
  • Marketing (BTech)
  • Human Resources (BTech) and
  • Financial Accounting (B.Com).
Workplace Experiential opportunities:

  • Mechanical Engineering/Draftsman/Fitter/Electronics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry and
  • Industrial Engineering
Apprenticeship & Learnership opportunities:

  • Artisan Development Programme, that includes but are not limited to: Turner Machinist/Electrician/Instrumentation/Boilermaker/Toolmaking/Fitter&Turner/Draftsman, Chemical Operations NQF1 Learnership


Sharon Langeveld
Tel: (021) 850 2964
Fax: 086 517 1525