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Electronic Engineering

 

Department: Electronic Engineering
Faculty: Engineering and Technology
Diploma: Engineering Electrical, B Tech: Engineering Electrical
M Tech: Engineering Electrical, MEng: Engineering Electrical and D Tech: Engineering Electrical

  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%

3    4 = 50-59%

4     5 = 60-69%

5    6 = 70-79%

6    7 = 80-89%

7    8 = 90-99%

 

Any other 4 subjects with a minimum of 3

Total

 

4 X 3  = 12

 

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 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%

Diploma in Electronic Engineering

Offered as full time contact class for five semesters followed by Work Integrated Learning (carried out through attachment to Industry). The student is encouraged to look for suitable Industry opportunities (Company).

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

Programme Structure

(*Compulsory Subjects, plus twelve selected subjects)

Semester 1: *Applied Communication Skills 1.1, *Engineering Skills 1, *ICT Skills 1, *Mathematics 1, *Social Intelligence 1, Engineering Chemistry 1, Physics 1.

Semester 2: *Applied Communication Skills 1.2, *Computing Applications 2, *Electrical Engineering 1, *Mathematics 2, *Safety Principles and Law 1, Digital Systems 1, Physics 2.

Semester 3: *Applied Communication Skills 2.1, *Electrical Engineering 2, *Electronics 1, *Projects 1 (WIL Electrical), Digital Systems 2, Engineering Programming 1, Management 1, Networks 1, Process Instrumentation 1.

Semester 4: *Applied Communication Skills 2.2, *Electronics 2, *Projects 2 (WIL Electrical), Digital Systems 3, Electrical Computer Aided Design 1, Electronic Communication 2, Engineering Programming 2, Mathematics 4.

Semester 5: *Mathematics 3, *Projects 3 (WIL Electrical), Control Systems 2, Digital Communication 2, Electrical Computer Aided Design 2, Electronics 3,

Measurement Technology 3, Opto-Electronics 3, Satellite Communication 3.

Semester 6: * *Engineering Project 4 (WIL), *Projects 4 (WIL Electrical), Digital Systems 4, Electronics 4, Entrepreneurship 1, Experiential Learning 1 (Electrical),

Experiential Learning 2 (Electrical), Microwave Communication 3, Radio Engineering 3, Transmission 3.

Experiential Training

A candidate must do at least 60 credits in-service training at a university-approved employer. This is necessary to give the student practical experience in the work situation.

The Department of Co-operative Education will assist in WIL administration and placements. Contact details: Tel: 016-950-9496, Fax: 016-950-9759, E-mail: education@vut.ac.za.

Future Studies

The Diploma can be followed by a further year of full time study to obtain the B Tech degree. The candidate can then register as a Professional / Technician / Technologist with ECSA. A Masters (M Tech) and Doctoral (D Tech) degree can also be obtained by means of research.

Baccalaureus Technologiae (B Tech)

The admission requirements are: An appropriate National Diploma or National Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification.

Programme Structure

Semester 1 : Electronics IV, Radio Engineering IV, *Industrial Project IV, Measurement Technology IV. Semester 2 : Microwave Engineering IV, Industrial Project IV, Satellite Communicaton IV, Opto Electronics IV.

Additional Subjects

Semester 1: Engineering Management IV, Digital Signal Processing IV, Signal Processing IV.

Semester 2: Engineering Mathematics IV, Power Electronics IV, Digital Signal Processing IV, Circuit Analysis IV, Digital Control Systems IV.

  1. What are the functions of an Electronic Communications Technician?

The technician will be involved with the practical design, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment.

The calibration of measuring instruments may also form part of the technician’s task. In the engineering team the technician forms part of the management team.

Modern satellite communication, digital television, radio engineering and telecommunication, make electronic communication one of the fastest growing industries.

    1. Registration with ECSA

The Diploma and B Tech degree are recognized as qualifying prerequisites for registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA): Qualification                   Possible registration

Diploma                         Registered Engineering

Baccalaureus Technologiae (B Tech) –  Admission requirements

All applicants must have a 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.

Apart from the prescribed qualification, a specified period of relevant post-qualification practical experience is a prerequisite for registration.

Magister Technologiae (M Tech)

Admission requirements: A minimum average of 60% must be achieved in Baccalaureus Technologiae. All students are required to attend a Programme in research methodology PROGRAMME DURATION: Minimum formal time is one year PROGRAMME STRUCTURE: A dissertation.

Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEng Electrical)

Admission requirements: a BEng Degree 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.

Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering: (DEng Electrical)

Admission requirements:

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Electrical Engineering 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

Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

The Head of Department: Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900 Tel: (016) 950-9416; Fax: (016) 950-9796; e-mail: willemp@vut.ac.za website: www.vut.ac.za

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