Industrial Engineering and Operations Management – Course & Programmes
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Industrial Engineering and Operations Management – Course & Programmes

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National Diploma: Engineering: Industrial

A diploma will be issued on the completion of 28 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.

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: Industrial

The purpose of the qualification National Diploma: 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 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.

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.

Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Communication Studies 1.1
  • Computer & Programming Skills 1.1
  • EDL
  • Manufacturing Relations 2
  • Engineering Work-Study 1
  • Production Engineering 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanics 1

Semester 2

  • Qualitative Techniques 1
  • Engineering Work-Study 2
  • Production Engineering: Industrial 2
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 1
  • Communication Studies 1.2
  • Electrical Engineering 1
  • Plus one approved subject from the list below:
  • Mechanical Engineering Design II
  • Strength of Materials II
  • Maintenance Engineering I
  • Mechanical Technology II
  • Electrical Engineering II

Semester 3

  • Mechanical Engineering Drawing 1
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 2
  • Costing 2
  • Facility Layout, Materials & Handling 2
  • Communication Studies 2.1
  • Quality Assurance 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Professional Skills for Engineers I
  • Plus one approved subject from the list below:
  • Mechanical Engineering Design II
  • Strength of Materials II
  • Maintenance Engineering I
  • Mechanical Technology II
  • Electrical Engineering II

Semester 4

  • Engineering Work Study 3
  • Industrial Accounting 3
  • Operational Research 3
  • Automation 3
  • Industrial Leadership 3
  • Mathematics 3
  • Communication Studies 2
  • Professional Skills for Engineers II
  • Note: Basic principles and theories are continuously
  • supported by assignments, practical projects and
  • computer applications. All classes and study
  • material are available in English.

Semester 5

  • Experiential Training I (P1)

Semester 6

  • Experiential Training II (P2)

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

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: Industrial

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.

Admission Requirements

65% with Mathematics 3 as compulsory subject passed at the National Diploma Level.

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.

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

Magister Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

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

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.

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial with at least 65% average score.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.


Doctor Technologiae: Engineering: Industrial

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: Industrial

The purpose of the qualification is to develop a researcher who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge creation in a specialised area of industrial engineering and technology. To develop a researcher in industrial engineering with advanced abilities, to independently apply industrial engineering design, synthesis, and related principles to address 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: Engineering: Industrial.

Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.


National Diploma: Operations Management

The National Diploma: Engineering: Operations Management is only available to students who are currently employed with at least three year working experience (on part time basis).

Program Structure

Three year (or 6 semester) qualification.

Purpose of the National Diploma: 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.

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.

Curriculum

Year 1 – Semester 1

  • Operations Management 1.1
  • Organisational Effectiveness 1.1
  • Manufacturing Technology 1.1
  • ICT Skills 1
  • Applied Communication Skills 1.1
  • EDL

Year 1 – Semester 2

  • Operations Management 1.2
  • Organisational Effectiveness 1.2
  • Manufacturing Technology 1.2
  • Workplace Dynamics 1
  • Applied Communication Skills 1.2

Year 2 – Semester 3

  • Operations Management 2.1
  • Organisational Effectiveness 2.1
  • Cost & Estimating 1.1
  • Operational Research 3.1
  • Applied Communication Skills 2.1

Year 2 – Semester 4

  • Operations Management 2.2
  • Organisational Effectiveness 2.2
  • Cost & Estimating 1.2
  • Operational Research 3.2
  • Applied Communication Skills 2.2

Year 3 – Semester 5

  • Operations Management 3.1
  • Organisational Effectiveness 3.1
  • Operations Management Techniques 2
  • Labour Law 1.1

Year 3 – Semester 6

  • Operations Management 3.2
  • Organisational Effectiveness 3.2
  • Production Management Techniques 3
  • Labour Law 1.2
  • Operation Management Practice 1

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


Baccalaureus Technologiae: Operations Management

This qualification is offered at the Vanderbijlpark campus only.

Program Structure

At least one year full time qualification.

Purpose of the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Operations Management

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.

Admission Requirements

National Diploma: Operations Management or National Diploma in any other Engineering Discipline with an average of at least 65%.

All other equivalent qualifications will be treated ad hoc.

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.


Work Integrated Learning

The National Diploma: Engineering: Industrial 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.

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.

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