Courses and Requirements – Engineering
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Chemical Engineering

 

Department:  Chemical Engineering
Faculty: Engineering and Technology Diploma: Engineering Chemical,
B Tech: Engineering Chemical, M Tech: Engineering Chemical, MEng Engineering Chemical and PhD: Engineering Chemical

  1. Minimum Admission Requirements:

Subjects Diploma
NSC Endorsements Eligibility for Dip or B Tech Degree
Compulsory Subjects

 

Mathematics Physical Science English

Total

 

 

4

4

4

3 x 4 = 12

Note

*  3 = 40-49%

* 4 = 50-59%

*  5 = 60-69%

* 6 = 70-79%

* 7 = 80-89%

* 8 = 90-99%

 

Any other 4 subjects with a minimum of 3

 

Total

 

4 X 3  = 12

 

 

24

  

Applicants with a National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 4

National Certificate (Vocational) Compulsory Subjects Minimum APS %

3 = 40 – 49%

 

4 = 50 – 59%

5 = 60 – 69 %

6 = 70 – 79 %

7 = 80 – 89 %

8 = 90 – 100%

English 4
Mathematics 4
Physical Sciences/ Applied Engineering Technology 4
Any other three vocational subjects 5 x 3
Total 27

Applicants with a Senior Certificate

SC

National                  Senior Certificate

Compulsory Subjects English

Mathematics Physical Science

Any THREE other subjects excluding Life Orientation

Total

Minimum 4

4

4

 

3 X3 = 09

 

21

3 = 40 – 49%

4 = 50 – 59%

5 = 60 – 69 %

6 = 70 – 79 %

7 = 80 – 89 %

8 = 90 – 100 %

Note: Applicants who do not qualify for the Diploma Programmes may apply for the extended diploma programmes. Tel: (016) 950-9589. For details on the pre diploma programmes see VUT website www.vut.ac.za

Note: Any candidate not meeting the standard minimum required but with total points of 24 can be placed on waiting list into Engineering Extended Programme including Foundation.

2. Curriculum

  • Diploma: in Chemical Engineering: Chemical All subjects are 

Semester 1: Applied Communications Skills 1.1, Engineering Chemistry 1, Engineering Skills 1, ICT Skills I, Mathematics 1, Physics 1, Social Intelligence 1. Semester

2: Applied Communications Skills 1.2, Computing Applications 2, Engineering Chemistry 2, Engineering Drawing 1, Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1,

Mathematics 2, Physics 2, Safety Principles and Law 1.

Semester 3: Applied Communication 2.1, Chemical Engineering Laboratory 1, Chemical Process Industries 1, Engineering Chemistry 3, Material and Energy balance 2, Mathematics 3, Mechanical Operation 1.

Semester 4: Applied Communication Skills 2.2, Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1, Heat and Mass Transfer 1, Process Control 1, Process Fluid Dynamics 1.

Semester 5: Applied Thermodynamics 2, Chemical Process Design, Environmental Engineering 1, Management 1, Reactor Technology 1, Separation Processes 1.

Semester 6:  Experiential Learning 1 (Chemical)

2.2. Baccalaureus Technologiae (B Tech)-  Admission requirements:

All applicants must have a Diploma or National Diploma with the proviso of a 60% performance in those diploma subjects that will carry forward into the B Tech qualification, including 12 months, work integrated learning.

Duration of Programme: A degree will be awarded after the successful completion of 10 subjects. The Programme is offered full time, minimum of 1 year.

Programme Structure: All subjects are compulsory

Fluid Flow IV, Process Control IV, Equipment Design IV, Production Engineering: Chemical Industry IV, Project: Chemical Engineering IV, Heat and Mass Transfer IV, Unit Operations IV, Reactor Technology IV, Plant Design IV, Mathematics: Chemical Engineering III.

  • Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical Admission requirements: B Tech: Engineering: Chemical or equivalent. This degree is based on research only. Duration of Programme: The equivalent of 1 year full-time

Programme Structure: This instructional programme comprises of a thesis only.

2.4. Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering 

Admission requirements: a BEng Degree, BSc Degree in Chemical Engineering or Equivalent level 8 qualification including the Postgraduate Diploma Duration of Programme: The equivalent of 1 year full-time study.

Programme Structure: This instructional programme comprises of a thesis only.

2.5. PhD Engineering: Chemical

Admission requirements:

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Chemical or equivalent Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.

Duration of the programme: At least two years full time research, concluded with a Doctoral Thesis

3. What are the functions of a Chemical Engineering Technician?

The qualified Chemical engineer/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, optimizing 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.

4. 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 plant engineer and various others within several branches of heavy, light and general types of industries where the services and expertise of such persons are required.

5. Enquiries may be addressed to: 

Head of Department Chemical Engineering: Faculty of Engineering Vaal University of Technology

Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900

Tel: (016) 950-9243or 950-9884; Fax: (016) 950-9796; e-mail: rethav@vut.ac.za website: www.vut.ac.za

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