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“Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world.”

Elon Musk


Around the globe, companies are battling with a shortage of skilled engineers, especially those with hands-on technical experience. In South Africa, where so many industries (such as the mining and the petrochemical sectors) rely on engineers, this is a real challenge for the growth of the economy – and for engineering recruitment agencies


Key Recruitment – Your Engineering Recruitment Specialists


Key Engineering, a division of Key Recruitment, specialises in the sourcing and placing of candidates within the engineering, manufacturing and mining sectors.


Thanks to our impressive track record and friendly, proficient staff, our clients trust us with placing quality engineering candidates who perfectly fit their specifications and requirements. Our engineering recruitment consultants are constantly on the hunt for talent – continuously improving and expanding our database with individuals who possess qualities and skills we feel proud to present to our clients.

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Over the years, we have successfully placed thousands of highly skilled individuals who have gone on to enjoy long and fruitful careers in various key engineering jobs sectors:

Civil Engineering:

Civil engineers are involved in the design, building and maintenance of large scale infrastructure. This includes roads, airports and railways, pipelines and sewage systems, bridges and other public works. 

Examples of roles in Civil Engineering:

Chief Engineering Officer, Structural Engineer, Chief Technical Officer, Senior Project Manager, Civil Engineering Manager, Railroad Design Consultant, Hydraulic Engineer, Project Planning, Geotechnical Engineer. 


Industrial Engineering:

Industrial engineers take the complex systems which are involved in producing a product or delivering a service, and find and implement ways to make them more efficient and eliminate waste. This includes working with employees, machines, energy, materials and data. As one of South Africa’s premier engineering recruitment agencies, Key Engineering is constantly adding to our database of exceptional industrial engineers. 

Examples of roles in Industrial Engineering:

Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, Process Engineer, Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians, Lean Six Sigma Specialists, Logisticians, Management Analysts.  


Electrical Engineering:

As the name suggests, electrical engineers draw on specialized training and knowledge around electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. They use this knowledge to design, build, test, and improve upon a host of electrical devices and systems. Some of these include power generators, communication systems and telecoms, motors, and the navigation systems, electrical systems and components of motor vehicles and aircraft. 

Examples of roles in Electrical Engineering:

Unsurprisingly, as so many modern processes and industries rely on electrical components, there is a need for electrical engineers across a broad range of sectors. Just a few examples of job titles might include: Project Engineer, Naval Engineer, Energy Sector Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Oil and Gas Engineer, Technical Testing Engineer. 


Many electrical engineers further their studies and move into more specialized areas, such as computer engineering, wireless communications, biomedical engineering, electrical insulation and renewable energy.   


Mechanical Engineering:

One of the oldest branches of engineering, mechanical engineers take their knowledge of materials, physics and mathematics and use it to create and maintain mechanical systems. 

Examples of roles in Mechanical Engineering:

Mechanical Engineer, Mining Engineer, CAD Technician, Maintenance Engineer, Control and Instrumentation Engineer, Technologist, Nuclear Engineer, Reliability Engineer. 


Chemical Engineering:

Chemical engineers use a combination of skills around chemistry, physics and mathematics to develop, design, and improve upon chemical manufacturing processes. They are frequently employed by companies in the manufacturing industries, from food to petrochemicals to pharmaceuticals. 

Examples of roles in Chemical Engineering:

Chemical Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Process Development Scientist, Manufacturing Engineer, Materials Scientist, Chemical Technician, Biomedical Engineer.  


Technical and Engineering Recruitment:

At Key Recruitment, our engineering recruitment specialists know that finding the right candidate takes more than simply lining up the requisite theoretical skills and practical experience. There can be significant overlap between the different engineering disciplines, meaning that a passionate candidate with experience outside a client’s industry can bring incredible (and often unexpected!) insights and value to the company.


More than simply ticking boxes, we aim to bring together companies and candidates which can help each other grow, and achieve great things in the process!   


Key Recruitment – South African footprint

Our engineering recruitment specialists operate across:

Cape Town:

In Cape Town and the Western Cape, the largest engineering-related sectors and activities include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Fuel and petroleum
  • Chemical and rubber products
  • Wood and metal products
  • Machinery and household appliances


Atlantic Seaboard:

Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, Hout Bay, Imizamo Yethu, Llandudno, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay

Cape Flats:

Athlone, Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Crawford, Delft, Electric City, Elsie’s River, Epping, Grassy Park, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Kalksteenfontein, Khayelitsha, Langa, Lavender Hill, Lotus River, Macassar, Manenberg, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Ottery, Pelican Park, Philippi, Samora Machel, Strandfontein, Valhalla Park

City Bowl:

Bo-Kaap, Devil’s Peak Estate, De Waterkant, Foreshore, Gardens, Higgovale, Lower, Vrede, Oranjezicht, Salt River, Schotsche Kloof, Tamboerskloof, University Estate, Vredehoek, Walmer Estate, Woodstock, Zonnebloem


Firgrove, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, Strand

Northern Suburbs:

Belhar, Bellville, Brackenfell, Bothasig, Brooklyn, Durbanville, Edgemead, Elsie’s River, Goodwood, Kensington, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Loevenstein, Maitland, Milnerton, Monte Vista, Panorama, Parow, Plattekloof, Rugby, Thornton

South Peninsula:

Capri Village, Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Glencairn, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Lakeside, Marina da Gama, Masiphumelele, Muizenberg, Noordhoek , Ocean View, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, St James, Sunnydale, Sun Valley

Southern Suburbs:

Bergvliet, Bishopscourt, Claremont, Constantia, Diep River, Harfield Village, Heathfield, Kenilworth, Kenwyn, Kirstenhof, Kreupelbosch, Lansdowne, Meadowridge, Mowbray, Ndabeni, Newlands, Observatory, Pinelands, Plumstead, Retreat, Rondebosch, Rondebosch East, Rosebank, SouthField, Steenberg, Tokai, Wynberg

West Coast:

Atlantis, Bloubergstrand, Mamre, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Montague Gardens, Parklands, Table View, West Beach



Largest engineering sectors include:

  • Mining
  • Appliances and electrical supplies
  • Basic iron and steel
  • Chemical products
  • Electrical machinery
  • Fabricated and metal products
  • Machinery
  • Motor vehicle parts and accessories


  • Known for its heavy industries, including iron and steel casting. In fact, Pretoria manufactures most of South Africa’s steel. 
  • Automotive and railroad
  • Machinery 



Largest engineering sectors in Durban include: 

  • Pulp and paper products 
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Automobiles and components
  • Mining – notably titanium dioxide, zircon, iron, steel and ferroalloys 

It is a combination of our nationwide presence, our dedication to the engineering and technical industries, and our passion for connecting quality candidates with the right employers that sets us apart from other engineering recruitment agencies


 “Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” – James A. Michener 


If you’re looking for the very best engineering talent that South Africa has to offer, then look no further than Key Recruitment Engineering Recruitment! Contact us today, and let’s find the perfect candidate to grow your business.

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Jannie van Dyk

Jannie van Dyk

Key Engineering & Technical Recruitment Specialist

Key Engineering (previously TechniStaff) has been serving the engineering and mining sectors for many years and we have an excellent track record in providing highly skilled and perfectly suited individuals to fill vacancies. Our candidates have gone on to enjoy long and fruitful careers.

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    With Key Engineering’s assistance, you can rest assured that your company will be made up of a superior workforce. Due to the fact that our highly-skilled engineering recruitment staff have been recruited from the engineering and mining sectors, you can be certain that they understand your company’s staffing needs perfectly. Their engineering expertise aids our strict screening process as they challenge the candidates with industry-specific questions and tests. With their invaluable knowledge and insight, they are able to quickly identify exceptional individuals who are a cut above the rest.

    After identifying the potential candidate’s skills and strengths, our engineer recruitment consultants strive to get down to the core of their authentic character, in order to successfully determine whether or not the candidate aligns with our client’s company culture, mission and values.

    We take pride in our process which has proven its value time and time again.

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