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Course & Programmes

Diploma in Industrial Engineering

A diploma will be issued on the completion of 36 subjects (made up of four semester university education) and two semesters Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at an accredited employer. Each semester’s experiential training, completed at least in six month period, is registered at the University. The first experiential training period, called P1, may be phased in after completion of at least the third semester of university attendance. The second phase of experiential training is undertaken upon completion of S4 or at least 90% of the theoretical training.

11. Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

11.1 Departmental Staff Details

Surname, Initials & Title Designation Highest Qualification

Van Wyk, T (Ms)

Engelbrecht, M (Mrs)

Sukraj, R (Mr)

Tengen, TB (Prof)

Adeyemi, OS (Mr)

Nhlabathi, GS (Mr)

Ikome, JM, (Mr)

Khumalo, I (Mr)

Mallane, TM (Ms)

Sivambu, JC (Mr)

Senior Lecturer

Administrator

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer

Lecturer

Lecturer

Lecturer

Junior Lecturer

Technician

MBL, Pr Tech Eng

 

BTech

PhD

MSc

MTech

MTech

MSc

BTech

BTech

11.2 Diploma in Industrial Engineering

A diploma will be issued on the completion of 36 subjects, made up of five semesters of theoretical learning, and one semesters Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at an accredited employer. The six-month period of Work Integrated Learning is registered at the University. The WIL training is undertaken upon completion of S5 or at least 90% of the theoretical training.

11.2.1 Program Structure

Three-year full time qualification:

• Five semesters (S1 to S5) of theoretical learning at the Vaal University of Technology

• One semester (P1) of Work Integrated Learning (Industrial))

11.2.2 Purpose of the Diploma in Industrial Engineering

The generic purpose of the qualification is spelled out in paragraph 4.1 and must be read in conjunction with the following.

The purpose of the qualification Diploma in Industrial Engineering is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Industrial 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 and the world at large. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

The main objective of this disciple is to constantly improve methods, procedures and practice within an organisation in order to increase productivity and profits. More value is added if inputs like manpower, materials, machinery and money are converted more effectively with sound management principle into products and services.

Such a person is continually engaged in core aspects such as communication, co-operation, quality, planning, scheduling, cycle time, capacity, utilisation, economic analysis, problem solving, materials handling, facility layout, etc.

Industrial Engineering therefore requires persons who like working with people, who enjoy analysing and solving problems, developing solutions, gaining co-operation, motivating people and always seek better, quicker and cheaper ways of doing things.

11.2.3 Admission Requirements

NSC

National Senior Certificate Compulsory Subjects

Compulsory Subjects      Minimum

English                               4

Mathematics                       4

Physical Science                  4

Any four other subjects       4 x 3

Total           24

3 = 40 – 49

4 = 50 – 59

5 = 60 – 69

6 = 70 – 79

7 = 80 – 89

8 = 90 – 100

All other grade 12 or equivalent certificates will be treated ad hoc.

11.2.4 Career Opportunities

There is a great need for persons who are well trained in Industrial Engineering. Job opportunities abound in all types of manufacturing companies as well as service organisations as advisors, industrial analysts, production personnel, planning personnel and line managers. Experience has shown that people with a qualification in Industrial Engineering and a dynamic personality quickly progress to management level or start their own business.

11.2.5 Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

• Applied Communication Skills 1.1

• Engineering Chemistry 1

• Engineering Skills 1

• ICT Skills 1

• Mathematics 1

• Physics 1

• Social Intelligence 1

• Applied Communication Skills 1.2

• Computing Application 2

• Engineering Chemistry 2

• Engineering Drawing 1

• Mathematics 2

• Mechanics 1

• Physics 1

• Safety Principles and Law 1

Semester 3 Semester 4

• Applied Communication Skills 2.1

• Electrical Engineering 1

• Engineering Work Study 1

• Manufacturing Engineering 1

• Manufacturing Relations 2

• Production Engineering 1

• Qualitative Techniques 1

 

• Applied Communication Skills 2.2

• Computer Aided Draughting I

• Costing 2

• Engineering Work Study 2

• Facility Layout and Material Handling 2

• Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 2

• Production Engineering 2

• Quality Assurance 2

• 1 Elective from the following:

o Electrical Engineering 2

o Maintenance 2

o Mechanical Engineering Design 2

o Mechanics of Machines 2

o Strength of Materials 2


Semester 5 Semester 6

• Automation 3

• Engineering Work Study 3

• Industrial Accounting 3

• Industrial Leadership 3

• Mathematics 3

• Operations Research 3

• Work Integrated Learning (Industrial)

Note: Basic principles and theories are continuously supported by assignments, practical projects and computer applications. All classes and study material are available in English.

11.3 Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

11.3.1 Program Structure

One year full time or two years part time qualification.

11.3.2 Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

The generic purpose of the qualification is spelled out in paragraph 4.2 and must be read in conjunction with the following.

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Industrial 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 and the world at large. It is designed also to add value to the qualifying student in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition.

11.3.3 Admission Requirements

Diploma: Engineering: Industrial with an average of 60% in the following 5 (five) subjects: Engineering Work Study III, Industrial Accounting III, Operations Research III, Automation III and Industrial Leadership III.

11.3.4 Career Opportunities

There is a great need for persons who are well trained in Industrial Engineering. Job opportunities abound in all types of manufacturing companies as well as service organisations as advisors, industrial analysts, production personnel, planning personnel and line managers. Experience has shown that people with a qualification in Industrial Engineering and having a dynamic personality quickly progress to management level or start their own business.

11.3.5 Curriculum

Compulsory Subjects

• Entrepreneurship 4

• Production Technology 4

• Quality Assurance 4

• Systems Dynamics 4

• Information Systems 4

• Project Research 4

• Project Engineering 4

• Logistics Engineering 4

 

11.4 Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

11.4.1 Program Structure

At least eighteen months of full time research, concluded with a Masters Dissertation.

11.4.2 Purpose of the Magister Technologiae: Engineering Industrial

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

11.4.3 Admission Requirements

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial with at least 60% average score.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

11.5 Diploma in Operations Management

The Diploma in Operations Management is available to students who have at least 2 years of work experience.

11.5.1 Program Structure

Three-year full time qualification:

• Five semesters (S1 to S5) of theoretical learning at the Vaal University of Technology

• One semester (P1) of Operations Management Practice (WIL)

11.5.2 Purpose of the Diploma in Operations Management

If you are a person who likes working with people, who enjoys analysing and solving problems, developing solutions, gaining co-operation, motivating people and who always seeks better, quicker and cheaper ways of doing things – then this is the course for you!

Qualified persons in Operations Management are employed by manufacturing companies because this qualification is most suitable for careers in production and operations management.

In Operations Management you will specialise in production scheduling, material movement, inventory control, quality management, work simplification, productivity improvement and will contribute to the design and implementation of integrated systems comprising capital, plant, manpower and raw materials. Your objective will be to constantly improve methods, procedures and practices within an organisation in order to increase productivity and profits.

11.5.3 Admission Requirements

NSC

National Senior Certificate Compulsory Subjects

Compulsory Subjects Minimum

English                                   4

Mathematics                           4

Physical Science                      3

Any four other subjects           4 x 3

Total    23

3 = 40 – 49

4 = 50 – 59

5 = 60 – 69

6 = 70 – 79

7 = 80 – 89

8 = 90 – 100

All other grade 12 or equivalent certificates will be treated ad hoc.

11.5.4 Career Opportunities

Operations Management offers a challenging and exciting career in the private sector. The expertise and skills that you will achieve find their optimum application and growth in the manufacturing industry, progressively, as Production Assistant / Production Planner, Production Scheduler / Head Planner, Production Superintendent, Production Manager and Operations Management.

People with Operations Management qualifications and experience are also well equipped to start their own business.

11.5.5 Curriculum

Year 1 – Semester Year 1 – Semester 2

• Operations Management 1.1 (Industrial)

• Organisational Effectiveness 1.1

• Manufacturing Technology 1.1

• Workplace Dynamics 1.1

• ICT Skills 1

• Applied Communication Skills 1.1

• Operations Management 1.2 (Industrial)

• Organisational Effectiveness 1.2

• Manufacturing Technology 1.2

• Workplace Dynamics 1.2

• Mathematics 1

• Quality Management 1

• Applied Communication Skills 1.2

Year 2 – Semester 3 Year 2 – Semester 4

• Operations Management 2.1

• Organisational Effectiveness 2.1

• Cost & Estimating 1.1

• Quality Assurance 2

• Statistics 1.1

• Applied Communication Skills 2.1

• Operations Management 2.2

• Organisational Effectiveness 2.2

• Operations Management Techniques 2

• Cost & Estimating 1.2

• Applied Communication Skills 2.2

• One Elective from the following:

o Engineering Chemistry 1

o Labour Law 1.1

o Physics 1

o Programming 1

Year 3 – Semester 5 Year 3 – Semester 6

• Industrial Leadership 3

• Operations Management 3.1

• Organisational Effectiveness 3

• Operations Management Techniques 3

• Operations Management Technology 3

• 1 Elective from the following:

o Maintenance Engineering 2

o Manufacturing Engineering 2

o Physics 2

o Programming 2

o Engineering Chemistry 2

• Operation Management Practice

Note: Basic principles and theories are continuously supported by assignments, practical projects and computer applications. All classes and study material are available in English.

11.6 Baccalaureus Technologiae: Operations Management

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

11.6.1 Program Structure

At least one-year full time or two-year part-time qualification.

11.6.2 Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Operations Management

The generic purpose of the qualification is spelled out in paragraph 4.2 and must be read in conjunction with the following.

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Operations Management is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing operations manager. It is intended to subsequently empower candidate operations managers 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.

11.6.3 Admission Requirements

Diploma in Operations Management or a Diploma in any Engineering Discipline with an average of at least 60%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

11.6.4 Curriculum

Compulsory Subjects

• Introduction to Marketing Management 1.1 and 1.2

• Research Methodology 1.1 and 1.2

• Financial Planning & Control 3.1 and 3.2

• Operations Management Techniques 4.1 and 4.2

• Operations Management 4.1 and 4.2

Note: All the subjects consist of two modules; each will be offered on a semester basis.

11.7 Work Integrated Learning

The Diploma in Industrial Engineering and the Diploma in Operations Management each have a formal Work Integrated Learning component of six 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 WIL. In co-operation with a mentor, the learner will provide progress reports at regular intervals.

11.8 Assessment

The department follows the assessment strategy of formal written exams. The year mark is compiled from a series of less than three assessments (tests, practicals, assignments, presentations, case studies, etc.). 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 assessment 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.

11.9 Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

HoD: Industrial Engineering & Operations Tel : +27 16 950 9287 / 9441

Management Fax : +27 16 950 9797

Faculty of Engineering & Technology E-Mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Private Bag X021 Website : www.vut.ac.za

VANDERBIJLPARK, 1900

or

Postgraduate Office Tel : +27 16 950 9297

Ms B Phume E-Mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it