Byron Ballotto – Success Story

I started the Basic Draughting course (MDDOP) at African Academy in April 2008 and
completed it in March 2009. I was placed in a job in April 2009 as a trainee Draughtsperson with a mining manufacturing company. I had really good knowledge of the drawing programs, due to the course I studied at the African Academy. What I did not know was how a workshop runs, manufacturing procedures and everything that goes with running a successful business. This obviously comes with relevant work experience.

The first two years were not what one expects. It is a lot of hard work and perseverance, sometimes simple and tedious work, but it is all part of the journey to greater success. Whilst working, I become competent on 3D modelling programs such as Inventor and after 4 years of working I was promoted to Senior Design Draughtsperson. I created and designed all kinds of equipment from ball mills, crushers, shafts, couplings and gearboxes. I went overseas on various occasions for inspection of components that I had designed and drawn. I still do this to date.

I now manage the Drawing office at the same company where I started employment. I also manage all manufacturing projects, along-side our Production Manager. I am currently completing my degree in Mechanical Engineering but I still do the Draughting and Design for both new equipment and reverse Engineering. There is no doubt in my mind that Draughting as a trade is an irreplaceable qualification to attain; and I am extremely grateful to the African Academy for the course I studied with them. If it were not for the African Academy, I would not have the lucrative career I am in now.

One definitely learns A LOT more in the working environment, as every section of Engineering differs, as well as company standards; but the grounding offered by the African Academy definitely makes a huge impact on one and to further one’s career.

Byron Ballotto
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The African Academy was established in 1994 to address the critical need for well-trained and skilled Draughtspersons, and to contribute towards reducing unemployment in South Africa. The African Academy is recognized as one of Africa’s leading Draughting Education & Training Institutions. The African Academy has proven its worth by achieving an above 80% pass rate and an above 80% placement of graduates in employment. Industry attests to the high calibre of graduate that the African Academy produces.

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