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School of Engineering

NQF Level: 5

Credits: 140

Duration of Study: 1 year (full time)



Module Name When Presented Credit Value NQF Level
Semester 1      
Mathematics Semester 1 14 5
Physical Science Semester 1 10 5
Electrotechnology Semester 1 12 5
Mechanotechnology Semester 1 12 5
Introduction to Computers Semester 1 14 5
Language Studies Semester 1 12 5
Semester 2      
Electrotechnology Semester 2 12 5
Mechanotechnology Semester 2 12 5
Mechatronic Systems Semester 2 14 5
Manufacturing Semester 2 14 5
Mechatronic Project Semester 2 14 5


Admission Criteria

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

• Admissions points score (APS) of 32

• English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa (Home language or first language) on at least level 3 (40-49%)

• NSC Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Mathematics

• NSC Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59) for Physical Science National Certificate


Vocational (NCV) in related vocational field

• Minimum National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 statutory requirements for Higher Certificate entry must be met

• English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa (First additional language) on at least level 3 (40-49%)

• NCV Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Mathematics

• NCV Achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Physical Science


Academic progression

Candidates who qualify with the Higher Certificate in Mechatronic Engineering may get admission to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) degrees subject to meeting admission criteria.


Career opportunities

Successful candidates can pursue a multitude of career opportunities within the automated manufacturing environment. There is a rapidly rising demand for knowledge and skills in this field emanating specifically from the development of technology (especially the integration of computer based control, data acquisition and monitoring) as applied to automated processes and the inadequate levels of support staff and artisans with these highly developed technological skills.

Work done by the Mechatronics support occupation is characterized by the ability to apply proven, commonly understood detailed techniques, procedures, practices and codes to solve narrowly-defined Mechatronic engineering problems under supervision of technicians, technologists and engineers.

Industry further requires a significant increase in not only the amount of Artisans but also an increase in the conceptual understanding of engineering science within the discipline, which will be achieved by the Higher Certificate. Although the scope of the Higher Certificate and this qualification falls outside the ambit of Artisan training, the Higher Certificate will provide an excellent alternative pathway for non-contracted learners to prepare for the trade test to qualify as Artisans.