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Course & Programmes

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Power) Syllabi

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering (Power) Syllabi

Government Certificate of Competency (GCC)

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Power)

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: Electrical (Power)

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Power) is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Power 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.

Career Opportunities

A successful candidate can pursue a career as a technician in one of the following specialisation fields: Electrical machines; Generation of electricity; Electrical transmission and distribution or Electrical protection.

The specialisation fields above each offer careers in Design and development and Maintenance.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

Mathematics 1

Physics 1

Electrical Engineering 1

Process Instrumentation 1

Applied Communication Skills 1

Computer & Programming Skills 1

 

Mathematics 2

Electronics 1

Electrical Engineering 2

Digital Systems 1

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

Mechanics 1

One Level 1 or Level 2 subject can be selected from the elective subjects.

Semester 3 Semester 4

Applied Communication Skills 2.1

Industrial Electronics 2

Electronics 2

Mathematics 3

Electronic Machines 2


One Level 1, 2 or 3 subject can be selected from the elective subjects.

Applied Communication Skills 2.2

Power Electronics 3

Design Project 3

Electrical Distribution 3

Electrical Protection 3

Electrical Machines 3

One Level 1, 2 or 3 subject can be selected from the elective subjects.

Semester 5 Semester 6
Experiential Training P1 Experiential Training P2
Elective Subjects

Management 2

Industrial Electronics 2

Power Electronics 3

Control Systems 2

Process Instrumentation 1

Digital Systems 3


Government Certificate of Competency (GCC)

The Certificate of Competency as a Mechanical and / or Electrical Engineering Technician is issued by the Department of Labour (Factories) or the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs (Mines) to a person with the necessary academic diploma / degree and practical experience and who has passed a qualifying examination. A person with such a certificate must take responsibility for the operation of a factory or mine where the consumption of electricity exceeds a certain limit.

This University is one of a few tertiary institutions accredited to offer Diplomas complying with the requirements for admission to the GCC examination. This is not a GCC qualification, only a subject package complying with the entry requirements to the GCC examination.

The following subjects are compulsory for admittance to the Government Certificate of Competency examination:

Government Certificate of Competency (GCC)

Computer & Programming Skills I

Mathematics I

Mathematics II

Industrial Electronics II

Power Electronics III

Electronics I

Electronics II

Mechanics I

Mechanical Engineering Drawing I

Mechanical Technology I

Mechanical Technology II

Mechanical Technology III

Design Project III

Electrical Distribution 3

Electrical Engineering I

Electrical Engineering II

Electrical Engineering III

Electrical Machines II

Electrical Machines III

Electrical Protection III

Digital Systems I

Applied Communication Skills 1.1

Applied Communication Skills 1.2

Applied Communication Skills 2.1

Applied Communication Skills 2.2

EDL

Strength of Materials II

Strength of Materials III

Government Certificate of Competency Contract Information:

Written application for admission to the examination for the Certificate of Competency can be addressed to:

Factories : Department of Manpower

Chief Directorate: Occupational Safety

Private Bag X117

Pretoria, 0001

Mines & Industries : Department of Minerals & Energy Affairs

Private Bag X59

Pretoria, 0001

The written application must also include a letter stating that all the prescribed theoretical requirements have been met. This letter is obtainable from the Department of Power Engineering.


Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering (Power)

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

One year full time or two years part time qualification.

Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering (Power)

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering Electrical (Power) is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Electronic 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: Electrical with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

Career Opportunities

A successful candidate can pursue a career as a technologist in one of the following specialisation fields: Electrical machines; Generation of electricity; Electrical transmission and distribution or Electrical protection.

The specialisation fields above each offer careers in Design and development and Maintenance.

Curriculum

Compulsory Subjects Choice Subjects

Industrial Project 4

Electrical Protection 4

Protection Technology 4

High Voltage Engineering 4

Electrical Machines 4

Power Systems 4

Power Electronics 4

Mathematics 4

 

 

 

 


 

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical (Power)

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

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

Purpose of the Magister Technologiae: Engineering (Power)

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 Electrical Engineering. The outcomes of the research will contribute to knowledge production in the specialisation field. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering (Power) 65% minimum.

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

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.


 

Doctor Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical (Power)

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

At least two years full time research, concluded with a Doctoral Thesis.

Purpose of the Doctor Technologiae: Engineering (Power)

The purpose of the qualification is to develop a researcher who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in a specialised area of electrical engineering and technology. To develop a researcher in electrical engineering with advanced abilities, to independently apply electrical engineering design, synthesis, and related principles, to specific problems of society at large. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct engineering research of an original nature. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Admission Requirements

Magister Technologiae: Engineering (Power).

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Assessment

The department follows the assessment strategy of formal written exams. 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 subject’s 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: Electrical (Power) has a formal Work Integrated Learning component of at least 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.