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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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