Billet Provider

Steel is provided in the form of metal bars called billets. The person responsible for supplying steel billets to the reheating furnace and the roller mills is called a billet provider.

Billet providers receive roll-release notes with the number, quality, and lengths of billets required for manufacturing a specific product. The required billets are then ordered by telephone and supplied to the roller mills.

Billet providers also check reports of shift mill recorders on the numbers and quality of billets unloaded, those stacked in the billet yard and those supplied to the reheating furnace during each shift. They compile stock reports indicating the tonnage of billets available in the billet yard. They receive reports on analyses from the laboratory and record this information.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Grade 10 Certificate or N1

What to Study

There are 3 ways to qualify as a registered artisan:

1. An apprenticeship is a fixed contract between company and apprentice, ranging in duration from between 18 months and 4 years. At the end of the contract, the apprentice writes a trade test leading to professional certification.

2. A learnership is a structured learning programme ranging from about a year to 3 years. A learnership comprises theoretical and practical training. Practical training is conducted on site (on the premises of the organisation). This has the advantage that the learner gets experience whilst training.

3. TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) colleges offer theoretical training to prospective artisans via the new National Certificate Vocational (NCV). During this 3-year programme (levels 2 to 4), learners complete a school-leaving certificate (NCV) similar to the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) in schools. They are also exposed to a practical workshop component.

All learners are required to complete a practical internship under the supervision of an experienced artisan. As an alternative to doing the full qualification, a learner can apply to do a skills programme at a TVET College. Skills programmes are short practical hands-on courses.

For more information about qualifications and skills programmes, contact your nearest TVET College. TVET Colleges are accredited and funded by a SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) such as MerSETA or ChietaSETA. They also receive bursary funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the NCV programme.

Mostly training is undertaken on the job. Candidates must progress through the following stages: billet yards man; first control driver; first heater; third roller; and finally shift mill recorder.


Such organisations as: Mittal Steel, Highveld Steel, USCO

Further Information


Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a iron and steel manufacturing company
  • make an appointment to speak to a billet provider about this type of career