There are many projects within the School of Engineering.

AMTC consist of the following projects:

  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Related service SETA (MerSETA)

The purpose of this Chair is to grow human resources in electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as mechatronics in order to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Eastern Cape to enable competitiveness and a growing and sustainable economy. The objectives are to increase capacity at FET Colleges; promote women in engineering; create an aware- ness of the relevance and importance of engineering at schools within rural communities in the Eastern Cape Province; increase capacity of educators at technical high schools in the Eastern Cape Province; and develop specialist training courses to address the needs of the manufacturing industry.

  • women in engineering leadership association wela

merSETA, together with Nelson Mandela University, initiated the wela programme with the aim of empowering young female engineering students at the institution. The duo has recognised the importance of promoting and developing women in this emerging field and to market it as a desirable career aspiration. It is the intention of wela to focus on academic, professional and personal development of women in engineering and to be of service to the community.

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·         Ikusasa Student Financial Programme (ISFAP)

ISFAP was established as a funding model to sustainably cater for the higher education needs and costs of South Africa’s poor and middle class students. The programme aims to fast track South Africa’s skills production for the 21st century by funding the higher education costs of students studying towards a career in occupations of Higher Demand (OHDs), which have been identified as critical to South Africa’s economic development by the Human Resources Development. These include, Actuaries, Accountants, Artisans, Engineers, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists and Prosthetists.


The STEM PP has been operational since March 2010. The target group is Grade 10, 11 and 12 Physical Science learners from schools with a track record of excellence in Physical Science and Mathematics in the NCS final examinations. Physical Science learners from these schools were selected on the basis of their academic achievement in Physical Science and also had to indicate an interest in a career in science and/or engineering.

  • MandelaUni Autonomous Operations

Our projects include "The research and development of Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems focussing on image recognition, AI flight and mission control and hybrid/renewable power sources. Our aim is to assist NMU researchers by providing modern long range, high lift drone platforms in all sectors including but not limited to building management, ocean sciences and zoology. "

  • Mobility Research Group

Mobility Research Group focuses on teaching & Learning, Research and Engagement partners. 

  • Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG)

The research group was formed in 2010 to formalize and stimulate the various RE research activities being conducted in the Engineering school at Nelson Mandela University. 


The Eco-car projevt was initiated back in early 2014 when Shell’s Norman Koch visited the NMU and introduced the concepts of the Shell Eco-Marathon to the AMTC’S Karl du Preez. This was then introduced to the Solar Car team, who decided to give it a bash. With the demise of the Solar Car project due to escalating costs, the Eco-Car projects became priority project for the team.


Siemens Training Centre provides individuals with the confidence to effectively apply systems and optimise product usage. Knowledgeable employees with the correct training, results in shorter start-up times, reduced downtimes and faster trouble shooting.