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MDS International Skills


MDS are specialists in the recruitment and employment of professional and highly skilled, motivated international personnel, for Engineering and Construction Industry Projects in South and Southern Africa.


As the employer, MDS undertakes a wide range of functions to facilitate the engagement of appropriately qualified and skilled personnel to meet our client’s needs, these include:


interviews, screening, testing, selection, working visa application, mobilisation/demobilisation to and from South Africa, accommodation, transport, payment of salaries to local banks as well as to international accounts.



MDS was established in 2003 and has over 800 employees engaged in various activities on a multiplicity of diverse projects throughout South Africa.  These include:


Petrochemical and Power Generation Projects and Maintenance Contracts, Steel Fabrication and Commercial Building Construction, utilising the following skills:

civil and earthworks foremen and operators, safety officers, quantity surveyors, welders, pipefitters, boilermakers, inspectors, NDT technicians, turbine fitters, plumbers, electricians, instrument technicians, carpenters, planners and draughtsmen.



South Africa has many major infrastructural projects currently in progress and many more that are committed or planned to proceed. There are already over 35,000 skills shortages identified on the Scarce Skills & Critical Skills shortage list prepared by the Department of Labour, MDS is your key to this market.


If you are an individual actively engaged in these industries and posses these types of skills and are interested in working in South Africa, then watch this site for specific job postings. Alternatively, you can contact us directly with your CV to the address listed below, which will be added to our database for future reference.


If you are a company that has secured projects in South Africa and need to mobilise key in-house skilled personnel to oversee your obligations, please contact us. MDS is able to provide specific solutions tailored to suit your needs.  


MDS Technical Services Division, provides detail drawing services to the structural steel fabrication industry in South Africa. We are currently contracted to supply detailing capacity for the production of 3000 tons per month for the next 36 months on major infrastructural projects for the Petrochemical, Mining and Power Generation industries. We are able to flex our resources to provide additional capacity to suit short, medium and long term requirements.



Utilising the latest AceCad “StruCad” version 15, we are able to provide a full range of services, including:


v      3 D views to aid designers and erectors.

v      General arrangements for plans, elevations and foundation layouts.

             v      Fabrication details – all  assemblies,  blanks,  members and fittings.

             v      Full size and wrap around templates.

v      Preparation of material and bolt lists.

v      Preparation of CAM files.

v      Bar coding on fabrication drawings.

v      Clash checks plus bolt access violation.

v      Fully integrated with StruMIS Fabrication Management Software.


MDS Technical Services will be pleased to provide firm, written quotations for all your project requirements, based on the provision of full project specifications and details.


Contact Details


Contact:       Alan Armitage, Director

Address:       MDS International Skills,

                    PO Box 144 ,

                    Bedfordview 2008,

                    South Africa.

Telephone:   +27 (11) 615 7240

Fax:             +27 (11) 615 8913 

Mobile:         +27 (82) 884 6001