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Diploma : Engineering Technology: Mechanical

Campus

Duration of Programme

Enrolment Option(s)

SAQA Credits

NQF Level

Bloemfontein Campus

2 Years

Semester 1 and 2

280

6

Additional Admission Requirements
For admission to Diploma in Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering (DipEng Tech (Mechanical Engineering) at the CUT, candidates must, in addition to the general admission requirements of the CUT, meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Admission points score of 27
NSC

  • Minimum NSC requirements for degree studies must be met

  • Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for English

  • Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
N-Courses (FET)

  • 60% pass in N3 Engineering Mathematics and Engineering

  • 50% pass in English (Grade 12 Level)
National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Subjects at NCV Level 4

  • 60% in English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences); and

  • 60% in any 3 of the other compulsory subjects
For candidates who matriculated in 2007 or before:

In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% on Standard Grade or 40% on Higher Grade in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required.

For candidates who completed the NSC in 2008 and thereafter:

In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required.
Career Opportunities
This programme is well-suited to those with an interest in the design and operation of heavy machinery as well as production and manufacturing engineering. Mechanical engineering technicians could also work with steam plants at power stations, at vulcanising plants, pump stations and irrigation schemes, and with mining machinery and ore crushers. Manufacturing and production processes (also those used by the food and textile industries), as well as the planning, maintenance and optimisation of processes, are further facets of this field of study. The services of qualified persons are also often sought in the design of mechanical equipment. A promising future awaits qualified persons as installation engineers, technical representatives, production development engineers or works managers. They can establish their own engineering works or find employment with mines or the steel plants of Iscor, or with Eskom, PRASA, Transnet Freight Rail, consulting engineering firms, or suppliers of mechanical equipment. The motor industry is another possible employer. Opportunities also exist in the chemical processing industry (e.g. Sasol), the construction and building industry, as well as provincial government and municipal services. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship. A person holding this qualification can also start his/her own business.

YEAR LEVEL

MODULE

NQF LEVEL

NQF CREDITS PER MODULE


SEMESTER 1  
1st YEARAcademic Literacy and Communication Studies I

5

14

Digital Literacy I

5

14

Manufacturing  I

5

14

Mechanics I

5

14

Mathematics 1

5

14

Total for Semester 1

70


SEMESTER 2  
1ST YEARMaterials I

5

14

Electrical Engineering I

5

14

Mechanics of Machines I

5

14

Mechanical Drawing I

5

14

Mathematics II

6

14

Total for Semester 2

70

 

TOTAL FOR FIRST-YEAR

140


SEMESTER 3  
2ND YEARFluid Mechanics I

6

14

Strength of Materials I

6

14

Thermodynamics I

6

14

Mech Eng Design I

6

14

Mathematics III

6

14

Total for Semester 3

70

 

SEMESTER 4

 

 

2ND YEARFluid Mechanics II

6

14

Strength of Materials II

6

14

Thermodynamics II

6

14

Mech Eng Design II

6

14

Mechanics of Machines II

6

14

Total for Semester 4

70

TOTAL FOR SECOND-YEAR

140

TOTAL FOR COURSE

280

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