Durban University of Technology Electrical Power Engineering

Durban University of Technology Electrical Power Engineering


Electrical Power Engineering Handbook

This career is related to the generation and distribution of electricity for power, heat and light. These days, most processes in modern industry take place automatically, by means of the driving force provided by electric motors and are automatically controlled by electronic equipment. The technician in this field is concerned predominantly with designing, developing, installing, fault-finding and testing of electrical systems including motors, generators, alternators, transformers, transmission lines, cables and switch gear.


The technician is not office bound but can be called upon to work on plant and installations at times, both indoor and outdoor. Hours are generally regular but, in emergencies, the technician can be called upon to work after hours.

Personal Qualities Required

The prospective technician must have an enquiring mind and enjoy problem-solving tasks. They must be able to think in a logical, deductive manner. They must have some organisational abilities and be able to communicate effectively with colleagues at various levels.

Conferment of Status of National Diploma

Persons in possession of other similar qualifications may apply to have them evaluated for acceptance.

Experiental Learning

Experiential learning within the electrical power industry forms an essential part of the requirements for the National Diploma : Engineering : Electrical (Power). Such formal experiential learning as specified by the departmental experiential learning program is uniquely competency based with predefined outcomes. This incorporates a recommended syllabus in which proven competencies are to be developed. Variations to such syllabi, in individual cases, is possible, subject to prior written motivation to the department and its subsequent approval.

For further information, provisional registration forms and portfolios, please visit : Work Integrated Learning

Entry Requirements

National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical (Heavy Current) Entry Requirements
Bachelor of Technology: Electrical (Heavy Current) Entry Requirements
Master of Engineering: Engineering: Electrical Entry Requirements
Doctor of Engineering: Engineering: Electrical Entry Requirements

Applications to this programme must be made via the Central Applications Office (CAO):
Tel: 031 268 4444


Head of Department: Mr K. T Akindeji
Secretary: Mrs R Naidoo
Tel: 031 373 2062
Fax: 031 373 2063
Location: Steve Biko Campus, Block S7 Level 3
Cental Applications Office Website