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Power Engineering

 

Department: Power Engineering

Diploma: Engineering Electrical, B Tech: Engineering Electrical,

M Tech: Engineering Electrical, MEng: Engineering Electrical and D Tech: Engineering Electrical

  1. 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%

3     5 = 60-69%

4    6 = 70-79%

5    7 = 80-89%

6    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
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 %

Applicants with a Senior Certificate

 

 

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

Compulsory Subjects

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

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

Semester 3: *Applied Communication Skills 2.1, *Electrical Engineering 2, *Electronics 1, *Projects 1 (WIL Electrical), Digital Systems 2, Management 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, Electrical Engineering 3, Electrical Machines 2, Electrical Protection 3, Heat Flow 2, Mathematics 3, Power Systems 2.

Semester 5: *Mathematics 4, *Projects 3 (WIL Electrical), Control Systems 2, Electrical Computer Aided Design 2, Electrical Machines 3, Energy Management 3,

Measurement Technology 3, Power Conversion 2, Power Electronics 3, Power Systems 3.

Semester 6: *Engineering Project 4 (WIL), *Projects 4 (WIL Electrical), Electrical Distribution 3, Electrical Engineering 4, Electrical Machines 4, Electrical Protection 4,  Electronics  4,  Energy  Management 4,  Entrepreneurship  1, Experiential  Learning  1 (Electrical), Experiential  Learning  2 (Electrical),  Power  Electronics 4,

Transmission 3.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

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.

Baccalaureus Technologiae (B Tech)  – Admission requirements

 

All applicants must have a Diploma or National Diploma with an average of at least 60% for all credit learning academic subjects

Curriculum and Codes

Please Note: B Tech subjects are only offered once a year. Year marks in B Tech subjects may only be used once. The following subjects are compulsory:

Subject Code Credit
Semester 1:
Electrical Machines IV* EPMAC4 0,1
Protection Technology IV EPRTT4 0,1
High Voltage Engineering IV EPHIN4 0,1
Power Electronics IV EAPOW4 0,1
Industrial Projects IV EPIPR4 0,3
Semester 2:

Engineering Mathematics IV AMISK4 0,1 Electrical Protection IV EPROT4 0,1 Power Systems IV EPDST4 0,1

What does a Power Engineering Technician/Technologist do?

Power Engineering consists of the following:

  1. Fundamentals of electrical engineering.
  2. Generation of power by means of conventional and alternative energy sources.
  3. Transmission and distribution of electrical power.
  4. Electrical Machines and Power Transformers.
  5. Electrical Protection and Power Electronics.

It can be seen from the above that Power Engineering forms an integral part of almost every industrial or household activity. There is a continuous demand for technicians and technologists in this field either from the electricity suppliers, mines, large industries, municipalities or small businesses.

Our diplomats and graduates are equipped with the knowledge, drive and initiative to play a leading role in securing a healthy future in this country through the field of Power Engineering.

 

In the engineering team, Power Engineering reflects a dynamic and changing environment. It is practiced by people who are critical, inquisitive and creative. If you are such a person – then this Programme is just for you!

Career Opportunities

    1. Technician (Diploma – 3 years): Maintenance, development work, projects at places like Eskom, Mines, Municipalities, Sasol, etc. This person can register as Professional Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
    2. Technologist (B Tech – 4 years): Higher level of proficiency with special emphasis on technology transfer and application, complex problem solving abilities, analytical thinking and greater technical and managerial skills. This person can register as Professional Technologist with ECSA. For any further information regarding B Tech, please contact the Department of Power Engineering directly.

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.

4.4.               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

Government Certificate of Competence: This field of study will allow the student entrance to the National Examination after proof of relevant experience. Subjects required for entrance to the National Examination are listed as follows:

Digital Systems 1 Electrical Engineering 1
Electronics 1 Communication Skills 1A
Computer Skills 1 Mathematics 1B
Industrial Electronics II Electrical Engineering II
Electrical Machines II Electronics II
Mathematics IIA Power Electronics III
Electrical Protection III Electrical Engineering III
Electrical Machines III Electrical Distribution III
Design Project III Mechanical Engineering Drawings 1
Mechanics 1, Strength of Materials II
Strength of Materials III Mechanical Technology 1
Mechanical Technology II Mechanical Technology III

Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

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

Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900

Tel: (016) 950-9295 or 950-9908; Fax: (016) 950-9795; e-mail: rosemaryk@vut.ac.za website: www.vut.ac.za

Process Control

  1. Diploma in Process Control

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

Programme Structure

Semester 1: ICT Skills I, EDL, Process Instrumentation I, Physics 1, Electrical Engineering 1, Mathematics 1, Applied Communication Skills 1.1. Semester 2: Process Instrumentation II, Digital Systems I, Electrical Engineering II, Electronics I, Mathematics II, Applied Communication Skills 1.2. Semester 3: Process Instrumentation III, Digital System II, Control Systems II, Electronics II, *Mathematics III, Applied Communication Skills 2.1. Semester 4: Design Project III, *Electronic Measurements III, Digital Systems III,
*Network Systems 2.1, *Electronics III, Applied Communication Skills 2.2
Electives: * Electives above can be replaced by Network Systems 2.2, Programming I, Programming II, Digital Process Control II, Digital Process Control III or another relevant engineering elective offering.
Semester 5/6: Experiential training.

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 a Work Integrated Learning component.

Programme Structure

Semester 1: Industrial Project IV, Process Instrumentation IV, Signal Processing IV, Digital Signal Processing IV, Electronics IV, Engineering Management IV, Database Programming IV
Semester 2: Digital Control Systems IV, Circuit Analysis IV, Micro Systems Design IV, Network Systems IV, Software System IV.

Typical work environment for the Instrumentation Technician

Measurement and control of pressure, level, flow and temperature parameters. Design, installation and maintenance of process control systems. Calibration and optimisation of systems, industrial networks, Scada systems and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

Career opportunities

The computerisation of modern instrumentation platforms in industry, and a vacuum period in training of mechanicians and technicians in this modern environment led to a huge demand for technical manpower in this field.

Career Status

The Technician can register for professional status with ECSA, the Control Board for Engineering Technicians. The South African Institute for Measurement and Control is another professional body.

Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:
The Head of Department: Process Control and Computer Systems, Faculty of Engineering
Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 VANDERBIJLPARK 1900, Tel: (016) 950-9323; Fax: (016) 950-9727 e-mail: marcelo@vut.ac.za, website: www.vut.ac.za

Whilst every effort has been made to present the relevant information in this brochure, programme offerings may be subject to change in order to keep abreast with new developments in the higher education landscape. The institution therefore reserves the right to unilaterally change or amend any of the content/structures contained herein.

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: Process Control and Computer Systems, Faculty of Engineering
Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 VANDERBIJLPARK 1900, Tel: (016) 950-9323; Fax: (016) 950-9254 e-mail: refilwem1@vut.ac.za, website: www.vut.ac.za
Whilst every effort has been made to present the relevant information in this brochure, programme offerings may be subject to change in order to keep abreast with new developments in the higher education landscape. The institution therefore reserves the right to unilaterally change or amend any of the content/structures contained herein.

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