Mechanical Engineering – Course & Programmes
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Mechanical Engineering – Course & Programmes

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National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical

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: Mechanical

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Mechanical 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 Technician is a person in possession of at least a National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical. The task of the Technician in the design field is to assist the Engineer / Technologist with the design of new products or equipment for use in industry or society.

A Technician in the maintenance field must see to it that preventive or scheduled maintenance is done on all machines in order to prevent interruptions in production. The activities in Mechanical Engineering can therefore be grouped into design, maintenance, electromechanical and project work where the latter includes aspects such as planning of projects, cost control, evaluation of tenders, negotiations with contractors, control over the progress of the project, co-ordination of all the interested departments and commissioning of the completed project.

In any heavy or light manufacturing industry, e.g. the chemical industry, iron and steel manufacturing industry, mining industry, power stations, transport services, provisional and government services, etc. Technicians are much sought after and a career in this field is lucrative and rewarding.

Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Mechanics 1 *
  • Mechanical Engineering Drawing 1***
  • ICT Skills 1**
  • Applied Communication Skills 1.1
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 1
  • Electrical Engineering 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • EDL
  • * Prerequisite for:
    • Mechanics of Machines 2
    • Strength of Materials 2
    • Fluid Mechanics 2
    • Thermodynamics 2
  • ** Prerequisite for:
    • Computer & Programming Skills 1B
  • ***Prerequisite for:
    • Mechanical Engineering Design 2

Semester 2

  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Mechanics of Machines 2
  • Strength of Materials 2
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Applied Communication Skills 1.2
  • Thermodynamics 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Choice Subjects:
    • Computer Aided Draughting 1 (Compulsory for Design option)
    • Electrical Engineering 2 (Compulsory for Electro Mechanical option)

Semester 3

  • Mechanics of Machines 3
  • Strength of Materials 3
  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Thermodynamics 3
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 3
  • Maintenance Engineering 1
  • Electrical Engineering 3
  • Electrical Machines 2
  • Applied Communication Skills 2.1
  • Professional Skills (Module 1)
  • Mathematics 3

Semester 4

  • Theory of Machines 3
  • Applied Strength of Materials 3
  • Applied Communication Skills 2.2
  • Hydraulic Machines 3
  • Steam Plant 3
  • Machine Design 3
  • Maintenance Engineering 2
  • Electrical Distribution 3
  • Professional Skills (Module 2)
  • Computer & Programming Skills 1B
  • Remarks:
    • Design option and Electro mechanical option requires at least 32 subjects, two of which are not credit bearing.

Semester 5

  • Experiential Training P1

Semester 6

  • Experiential Training P2

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Mechancial

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: Mechanical

The purpose of the qualification Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical is to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for the student’s further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Mechanical 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: Mechanical with an average of at least 60%. Required S4 subjects are Hydraulic Machines, Steam Plant, Theory of Machines, Applied Strength of Materials and Mathematics 3.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

Curriculum

Compulsory Subjects

  • Engineering Design Project 4 (Two semesters – enrolment in January)
  • Strength of Materials 4
  • Stress Analysis 4
  • Mechanics of Machines 4
  • Automatic Control 4
  • Fluid Mechanics 4
  • Turbo Machines 4

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical

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: Mechanical

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 Mechanical 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: Mechanical with an average of 65%.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.


Doctor Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical

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: Mechanical

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 mechanical engineering and technology. To develop a researcher in mechanical engineering with advanced abilities, to independently apply mechanical 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: Mechanical.

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 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: Mechanical 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.

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