Cape Peninsula University Of Technology Mechanical Engineering

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology Mechanical Engineering

The department of Mechanical Engineering is divided into the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics.

The Mechanical Engineering qualification concentrates on the areas of mechanics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials and thermodynamics, while mechatronics is an inter-disciplinary field that combines traditional disciplines of electrical, electronic, mechanical, control and computer engineering skills to solve problems that bridge the boundaries between these disciplines, which requires multi-skilled students.

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Mechanical Engineering as a career

In Mechanical Engineering the technician or technologist works closely with the Engineer to ensure that the engineer’s design is realised in practical terms. The main duties of the Mechanical Engineering technician will be to liaise with management and the workshop. The Mechanical Engineering course produces Technicians with knowledge of economic design, planning and production.

Mechanical Engineering technicians form a vital link in industry where designs are to be successfully implemented. They are employed by consultants, contractors and in the public sector. Due to the versatility of the Mechanical Engineering syllabus students have been placed in:

  • mining companies
  • automotive factories
  • engineering and production workshops
  • building service contractors
  • consulting engineers.

The technician could be involved in a combination of any of the following functions:

  • setting out of work on site.
  • designing and detailing of mechanical equipment
  • contract planning and supervision
  • quality control of material testing and non-destructive testing
  • drawing up of contract documents
  • drawing office supervision.

Mechatronics as a career

A mechatronic engineer is a

  • broadly skilled individual
  • willing to seek and apply knowledge from many fields
  • to design, specify, manufacture, commission, operate and maintain
  • intelligent electro-mechanical systems that perform a specified task.

Where do our graduates find employment?

  • home to farm automation
  • from marine to aviation
  • from packaging to production, etc.

ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL

ND: (National Diploma) 

Graduates will be able to integrate analytical and practical mechanical engineering techniques and mechanical engineering knowledge to solve engineering problems. They will also be able to use given criteria to assess mechanical processes and outcomes.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
Persons achieving this qualification will be able to, independently as well as under supervision, integrate analytical and practical engineering techniques and engineering knowledge to solve well-defined and open-ended engineering problems. They will also be able to select criteria to judge processes and outcomes. This qualification is intended for engineering practitioners in industry.

 

Career Opportunities
A graduate will be a member of a team, including engineers, designers, technologists and technicians in the design, construction, marketing, installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment.Mechanical Engineering students follow streams such as manufacturing, maintenance, design, research and development as well as complete the Government Certificate of Competency. These streams open up employment opportunities at mining companies, automotive plants, engineering and production companies, building service contractors and consulting engineers, and give students the knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Professional Registration
The ND: Engineering: Mechanical is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Technician.

 

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Note: Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 1 and Electrotechnology 1 are offered in both semesters because of Workshop size limits.
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Electives:
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Electives:

Second Year

Semester 1 Only

Compulsory subject(s):
Electives:
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Electives:

Third Year

Semester 1 Only

Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
The ND Mechanical Engineering will be issued after completion of a minimum of 24 subjects, as well as the 12 months’ recognised experiential learning.The 24 subjects must include the following:

  • Applied Strength of Materials 3
  • Communication Studies 1 and 2
  • Computer and Programming Skills 1
  • Fuild Mechanics 2 and 3
  • Hydraulic Machines 3
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Drawing 1
  • Mechanics 1
  • Strength of Materials 2 and 3

BTech: (Baccalaureus Technologiae) 

Graduates can apply mechanical engineering principles to determine appropriate ways of approaching mechanical engineering activities, as well as to establish and use criteria to assess processes and outcomes.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
Persons achieving this qualification will be able to independently integrate mechanical engineering principles, apply these to determine appropriate ways of approaching activities and establish and use criteria to judge processes and outcomes. This qualification is intended for engineering practitioners in industry.

 

Career Opportunities
Graduates work with engineers, designers, technologists and technicians in the design, construction, marketing, installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment. The work is intellectual, demanding the capacity to think independently and to supervise technical and administrative staff.Students follow streams such as manufacturing, maintenance, design, research and they can complete the Government Certificate of Competency (GCC). These streams prepare graduates for employment by mining companies, automotive plants, engineering and production companies, building service contractors and consulting engineers. Graduates also have the knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Professional Registration
The BTech: Engineering: Mechanical is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Technologist.

 

Syllabus and fees

Fourth Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Semester 1 Only
Electives:
Select two of the following electives:
Semester 2 Only
Electives:
Select one of the following set of electives (set 1):
Select one of the following set of electives (set 2):

ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL (COURSE-BASED)

MTech: (Magister Technologiae)

Graduates will make a contribution, through research, to understanding the application and evaluation of existing knowledge in a specialised area of technology. They will also demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that area, ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge.Course-driven Degree
This programme consists of course work (class attendance) and a research project and paper.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
This qualification is intended for persons who will make a contribution, through research, to understanding the application and evaluation of existing knowledge in a specialized area of technology. They will also demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that area, ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge.

 

Career Opportunities
Graduates follow a career in research and development in industry, and may be employed at research institutes. They are also employed in teaching and research positions at Higher Education institutions.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

Fifth Year

 Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

ENGINEERING MECHANICAL (RESEARCH-BASED)

MTech: (Magister Technologiae) 

Graduates will make a contribution, through research, to understanding the application and evaluation of existing knowledge in a specialised area of technology. They will also demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that area, ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge.Research-based Degree
Students conduct supervised research in a specialised area of mechanical engineering and complete a dissertation.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
This qualification is intended for persons who will make a contribution, through research, to understanding the application and evaluation of existing knowledge in a specialized area of technology. They will also demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that area, ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge.

 

Career Opportunities
Graduates follow a career in research and development in industry, and may be employed at research institutes. They are also employed in teaching and research positions at Higher Education institutions.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

Fifth Year

Compulsory subject(s):

ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL (MECHATRONICS)

BTech: (Baccalaureus Technologiae)

A graduate at this level functions as a technologist who displays competence as a leader of a multidisciplinary engineering team in the execution of engineering projects. The theoretical aspects of the engineering principles covered in the diploma level will be further developed along with supporting skills such as project management and entrepreneurship to produce a well equipped graduate for the modern competitive engineering environment.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
Persons achieving this qualification will be able to independently integrate mechanical engineering principles, apply these to determine appropriate ways of approaching activities and establish and use criteria to judge processes and outcomes. This qualification is intended for engineering practitioners in industry.

 

Career Opportunities
The technological advancement towards automation especially in the manufacturing and processing sectors has resulted in an ongoing need for personnel that are highly skilled in combining traditional engineering fields of mechanical, electrical, electronics, with control and information technology. Graduates will apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical multidisciplinary engineering problems requiring a high level technical decision making.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Professional Registration
The BTech: Engineering: Mechanical (Mechatronics) is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Technologist.

 

Syllabus and fees

Fourth Year

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Compulsory subject(s):

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):