Department of Civil Engineering – About Us
CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.
A word of welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering and Building (DCEB) of the Vaal University of Technology. At DCEB, we pride ourselves in delivering world-class trained graduates who are focused, result oriented, and solution providers that contribute to the development and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure locally, regionally, and internationally.
As one of the four (4) departments of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Vaal University of Technology, the Department of Civil Engineering & Building focuses its teaching and learning, research, and community engagement and partnership activities on bringing contemporary, relevant, and competitive knowledge to industry, education, and society.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Building is one of the few Universities of Technology in South Africa that offers a one-stop shop set of programmes that offer coherent pathways to educational benchmarks identified for professional registration as engineering technicians and technologists by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Our programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at both national and international levels either directly or through internationally recognised affiliations.
Our MOTTO: It is Civil to be a Civil Engineering Professional
To be the department of choice in the Built Environment Engineering.
To empower our graduates by:
- Providing effective and relevant teaching and learning in the Built Environment Engineering.
- Supporting learning and growth of staff to be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to adequately prepare our graduates for the world of work.
- Conducting basic and applied research relevant to the needs of the community.
- Addressing the community’s engineering and technological needs.
- Partnering with the private and public sector to enhance training of an engaged workforce.
PROGRAMMES IN THE CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
The undergraduate programmes in the DCEB include: Diploma in Civil Engineering – NQF Level 6 (360 Credits). In terms of professional registration, this qualification falls under educational Benchmark 3: Meeting the educational requirements for engineering technician; Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering – NQF Level 7 (140 Credits). In terms of professional registration, this qualification falls under educational Benchmark 2: Meeting the educational requirements for engineering technologist. DCEB also offers a postgraduate qualification, Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Civil Engineering – NQF Level 8 (140 Credits). This qualification exhibits characteristics that prepare students for industry and research.
The departmental staff and postgraduate students are also active in research wherein they conduct research in the identified niche focus areas of Water Resources and Environment Engineering, Geotechnical and Material Engineering, and Structural and Materials Engineering. Apart from the PGD in Civil Engineering, the department also trains postgraduate students towards the following qualifications: Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering – NQF level 9 (180 Credits), and Doctor of Engineering (DEng) in Civil Engineering – NQF Level 10 (360 Credits)