Requirements to study Mechanical Engineering in South Africa

Requirements to study Mechanical Engineering in South Africa

To become a Professional Engineer, it is necessary to attend a university to take the four year degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering. This is followed by a three year training period of postgraduate employment in industry after which the young engineer can apply for registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Those wishing to study Mechanical Engineering at a university should in general, be in possession of a school-leaving certificate with matriculation exemption with above average marks in mathematics and physical science at higher grade.

The following universities offer degrees in Mechanical Engineering:

Training – Universities of Technology
The Professional Engineering Technician

For those students who prefer a more practical orientated training, the schools of mechanical engineering at the various universities of technology offer courses structured on a basis of four semesters attendance at the university of technology followed by two semesters of experiential training leading to a National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical. After a three-year (minimum) post-qualification employment period, the candidate may apply for registration as a Professional Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

The Professional Engineering Technologist

After obtaining a National Diploma, the graduate may continue his studies for a further one-year to complete the B-Tech Degree. After a three-year (minimum) post qualification employment period, the trainee may apply for registration as a Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Subjects studied are similar to those of university study, however, emphasis is less theoretical and more on the application of technology.Those wishing to study at a university of technology require a senior certificate or equivalent with above average passes in mathematics and physical science. However, other conditions of entrance can apply and prospective students not having these qualifications should apply to the university of technology of their choice for further details.The following universities of technology offer courses in Mechanical Engineering:

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