BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Stellenbosch, South Africa
ZAR 60,000 / per year *
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Engineering offers excellent careers for men and women. Professional engineers are primarily concerned with the progress of technology through innovation, creativity, and change. Their work requires original thought, discretion, and sound judgement, and usually centres on people and technology.
Mechanical engineering is characterised by the motion and transfer of energy, for example in vehicles, aeroplanes, vessels, missiles, cooling systems, power stations and engines, but also includes machines used in all branches of the economy, such as process plants and manufacturing industries.
The four-year Bachelor of Engineering programmes (BEng) equip students with a broad knowledge base. In the first year, all students take the same compulsory subjects; thereafter they start specialising in the specific programme in which they are interested. Since the first year of study is largely common in all BEng programmes, students that have passed all the first-year subjects in their first year of study may change to any other BEng programme at the start of their second year of study. In the first two years, a foundation of mathematics and the natural and engineering sciences is laid, and in the third and fourth years, students learn how to apply their knowledge to solve technical problems and how develop business opportunities. With this broad knowledge base, BEng graduates can take up a variety of occupations both within and outside the engineering industry. They often establish and manage their own companies as entrepreneurs.
Professional accreditation and international recognition
All our BEng programmes are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), giving our graduates access to registration as Professional Engineers after acquiring the relevant experience in practice. In line with the Washington Accord, our BEng degrees are recognised worldwide in such countries as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, to name a few.
The multi-faceted training of mechanical engineers leads to various professional careers that usually include the development, manufacturing and/or operation of products and systems. Mechanical engineers work in the whole range of companies, from large multinationals to smaller consulting partnerships.
Mechanical engineers' most important knowledge areas are built on a basis of mathematics, physics and chemistry. The knowledge areas include Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Dynamics and Mechanical Design. In their final year, students can choose one of three elective modules, i.e. finite element structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics or maintenance science. Students are also exposed to some of the key elements of mechatronic engineering.