Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers undergraduate programmes at the Diploma and BTech levels. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers Extended Programmes. The programmes offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering are:


Programmes Offered


Delivery Sites

Dept of Mechanical Engineering   

Diploma: Eng (Mechanical, Extended Programme)   



Diploma: Eng (Mechanical)



BTech: Eng (Mechanical)

1yr (Full-Time)
2yrs (Part-Time)  


Department Staff

Mr S Mawisa, HoD, Telephone +27 (0)  043 709 4051, Email

Ms N Sonamzi, Secretary, Telephone +27 (0) 43 709 4078, Email

Minimum Requirements

Grade 12/Matric

Senior Certificate Requirement

  • An E-symbol for English (2nd language) on the Higher Grade. In addition, an E-symbol on the Higher Grade or a D-symbol on the Standard Grade for Mathematics and Physical Science.

National Certificate Requirement

  • An N3 certificate with C-symbols for at least four subjects including Mathematics and Engineering Science or a D-symbol at N4 level as well as the language requirements as specified for the Senior Certificate.

National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4

Requirements as defined in Government Gazette 32743 (26 November 2009) with specific requirements as set out below:

  • Must meet NC(V) level 4 statutory requirements
  • Must obtain 50% in the three fundamental subjects which in the case of this programme are required to be:
  • English, as it is the university’s language of learning and teaching (LOTL); Mathematics (not Mathematics Literacy)
  • Life Orientation
  • 60% for three of the following compulsory vocational modules (in any combination): 
    • Engineering Processes
    • Engineering Technology 
    • Fitting and Turning
    • Automotive Repair & Maintenance
    • Engineering Fabrication – Boilermaking or Sheet Metal Worker Welding
    • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Process Electro-Technology
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing Mechatronic Systems
  • All NC(V) 4 applicants are required to participate and perform satisfactorily in the Placement Tests as conducted by the Department.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • RPL may be used to demonstrate competence for admission to this programme. 
  • This qualification may be achieved in part through recognition of prior learning processes. 
  • Credits achieved by RPL must not exceed 50% of the total credits and must not include credits at the exit level.
  • The provision that the qualification may be obtained through the recognition of prior learning facilitates access to an education, training and career path in engineering and thus accelerates the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities.