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Course & Programmes

National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical

Program Structure

Three year full time qualification:

Two years (four semesters S1 to S4) at the Vaal University of Technology

One year (two semesters P1 and P2) Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Purpose of the National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Chemical Engineering Technician. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate Engineering Technicians to demonstrate that they are capable of applying their acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the work environments in South Africa. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

The qualified technician may find himself / herself as a member of an engineering team which may consist of engineers, scientists, artisans, process personnel, technologists and technicians from other disciplines. Functions may include the commissioning and maintenance of chemical plants, process control, design and development, optimising of chemical processes, quality control over the products of the manufacturing processes, feasibility studies and a variety of tasks related to the chemical process industry.

Career Opportunities

A profession in the field of Chemical Engineering offers a challenging and exciting career in both the private and public sectors. There is a continuous demand for trained manpower in the field of Chemical Engineering. Job designations may vary from production foremen, area superintendents, line managers and various others within several branches of heavy, light and general types of industries where the services and expertise of such persons are required.

The qualified technician may find himself / herself as a member of an engineering team which may consist of engineers, scientists, artisans, process personnel, technologists and technicians from other disciplines. Functions may include the commissioning and maintenance of chemical plants, process control, design and development, optimising of chemical processes, quality control over the products of the manufacturing processes, feasibility studies and a variety of tasks related to the chemical process industry.

Curriculum

Semester 1
Code Subject Name Prerequisite Code

EHTCI1B

AMATH1E

APFSG1A

HKEDL1A

AEREV1B

AACHA1C

HKACX1A

Chemical Engineering Drawing

Mathematics 1

Physics 1

EDL

Computer Skills

Chemistry 1

Applied Communication Skills 1.1

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Semester 2

EHCIT2B

HKACY1A

AAICC2C

AAOCC2B

AAFCC2B

AACPE2A

AMATH2E

APPHP2A

APPHT2A

Chemical Engineering Technology 2

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Chemistry Practical

Mathematics 2

Physics Theory 2

Physics Practical

Mathematics 1

None

Chemistry 1

Chemistry 1

Chemistry 1

Chemistry 1

Mathematics 1

Physics 1

Physics 1

AMATH1E

None

AACHA1C

AACHA1C

AACHAIC

AACHA1C

AMATH1E

APFSG1A

APFSG1A

Semester 3

EHCPA2B

EEESX1A

EHTCE3B

EHCIX3C

EHCAX3D

BHMSX1A

HKACX2A

 


Process Industries

Entrepreneurial Skills: Module 1

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Chemical Technology 3.1

Chemical Plant 3.1

Management Skills 1A

Applied Communication Skills 2.1



None

None

Chemical Engineering Technology 2


Chemical Engineering Technology 2

None

None

Applied Communication Skills 1.1

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

None

None

EHCIT2B

AAFCC2B

EHCIT2B

None

None

HKACX1A

HKACY1A

Semester 4

EHCPB3B

EEESY1A

EHTTA3C

EHCIY3C

EHCAY3C

BHMSX1A

EHPBH3B


HKACY2A


Chemical Process Design: Principles 3

Entrepreneurial Skills: Module 2

Thermodynamics: Applied 3

Chemical Technology 3.2

Chemical Plant 3.2

Management Skills 1B

Process Control (S4)


Applied Communication Skills 2.1


Chemical Technology 3.1

None

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Chemical Technology 3.1

Chemical Plant 3.1

Management Skills 1A

Mathematics 2

Chemical Engineering Technology 2

Applied Communication Skills 1.1

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

EHCIX3C

None

EHCTE3B

EHCIX3C

EHCAX3C

BHMSX1A

AMATH2E

EHCIT2B

HKACX1A

HKACY1A


Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Programme Structure

One year full time or two years part time qualification.

Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Chemical is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Chemical Engineering Technologist. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate Engineering Technologist to demonstrate that they are capable of applying their acquired knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values in the work environments in South Africa. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

Admission Requirements

National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc

Curriculum

Semester 1 & 2
Code Subject Name Prerequisite Code

EHPBH4A

EHCIX4A

AMISS3A

EHPIC4A

EHCPX4A

EHCIP4A

EHCIY4A

EHCPY4A

EHRTN4A

EHCIZ4A

Process Control 4

Fluid Flow 4

Mathematics 3

Production Engineering 4

Equipment Design 4

BTech Project

Heat and Mass Transfer 4

Plant Design

Reactor Technology 4

Unit Operations 4

Done or enrolled for

None

None

None

None

None

None

Equipment Design 4

None

None

AMISS3A







EHCPX4A


 


Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Programme Structure

At least one year full time research, concluded with a Masters Dissertation.

Purpose of the Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical

The purpose of this qualification is to develop a student into a researcher, able to conduct independent research with minimum guidance in a chosen field of Chemical Engineering. The outcomes of the research will contribute to knowledge production in the specialisation field. It is also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields. (also see paragraph 4.3)

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical.

Proof of successful completion of a Vaal University of Technology approved course in Research Methodology.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Assessment

The department follows the assessment strategy of formal written examination. The year mark is compiled from a series of not less than three tests and / or a practical mark. The year mark for admittance to the formal examination is 50%. Weights for calculating the year mark as well as the final mark will be reflected in the Learning Guide. All tests, assignments and practical work done during a particular semester, will help learners learn and understand the work.

Some subjects follow the assessment strategies of Continuous Assessment (CASS). All marks obtained during the semester will make up the learner’s final mark. Each Learning Guide will indicate which tests and activities will contribute according to a pre-determined weight, to the final mark.

Work Integrated Learning

The National Diploma: Engineering: Chemical has a formal Work Integrated Learning component of twelve months. This takes place at a Vaal University of Technology accredited employer (company). The student has the responsibility of finding suitable placement after which the student will register for the two semesters of practical. In co-operation with a mentor, the learner will provide progress reports at regular intervals.