BTech / BIng in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

BTech in Mechanical Engineering

After successful completion of the National Diploma, candidates may, subject to the applicable programme regulations, register for the Bachelor’s Degree in Technology (Baccalaureus Technologiae –BTech). The BTech requires a minimum of one year’s further study.

A BTech Degree in the relevant field of study will be conferred on candidates after successful completion of all theoretical requirements.

Students who have obtained this qualification will be able to integrate mechanical engineering principles independently, 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, and successful students will be able to register with ECSA as Professional Technologists.


Exit level outcomes:

The qualifying student will be able to:

  1. Apply mechanical engineering principles to diagnose and solve engineering problems.
  2. Apply management principles in an engineering environment.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical engineering in one or more specialized fields.
  4. Communicate effectively in a technological environment.
  5. Engage in mechanical engineering design work, individually, and as part of a team.

Admission Requirements and Selection Criteria

A National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical, or an equivalent Mechanical Engineering qualification. Also refer to Faculty Regulation EB3.

  • Mathematics 3 is a prerequisite subject.
  • Applied Strength of Materials is required to enrol for Strength of Materials 4 and Stress Analysis 4.
  • Hydraulic Machines 3 is required to enrol for Fluid Mechanics 4 and Turbo Machines 4.
  • Theory of Machines 3 is required to enrol for Mechanics of Machines 4.
  • Steam Plant 3 is required to enrol for Thermodynamics 4 and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 4.
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 3 is required to enrol for Engineering Design Project 4

Conferment of the degree

The Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical will be conferred on students who have completed a total of eight modules listed in the prescribed curriculum successfully.

BIng in Mechanical Engineering

The purpose of the qualification is to develop an engineering intellectual who can identify, assess and formulate the engineering needs of the society at large, and research and solve the identified engineering problems creatively and innovatively, by applying scientific, mathematical, engineering, economic and other relevant principles and methods. The qualification prepares students for an engineering science, design and project-based career through fundamental understanding, use and appropriate application of engineering methods, skills, tools and information technology. The qualification also provides a platform for lifelong learning.


The student should be able to:

  1. Identify, assess, formulate, interpret, analyse and solve engineering problems creatively and innovatively by applying mathematics, basic science and engineering sciences from first principles.
  2. Plan and manage small engineering projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, understanding and insight into the principles, methodologies and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities) engineering practice.
  3. Work effectively, individually or with others, as a member of a team, group, organisation, community or in multi-disciplinary environments.
  4. Organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly, effectively, professionally and ethically, accept responsibility within his/her limits of competence, and exercise judgment based on knowledge and expertise.
  5. Plan and conduct limited investigations, research and experiments by applying appropriate theories and methodologies, and perform appropriate data analysis and interpretation.
  6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering audiences andthe community at large, using appropriate structure, style and graphical support.
  7. Use and assess appropriate research methods, skills, tools and information technology effectively and critically in engineering practice, and show an understanding and a willingness to accept responsibility for the impact of engineering activities on society and the environment.
  8. Perform procedural and non-procedural design and synthesis of components, systems, works, products or processes as a set of related systems and assess, where applicable, their social, legal, health, safety and environmental impact and benefits.
  9. Employ various learning strategies and skills to master module outcomes required in fundamental Mathematics, engineering sciences, engineering design r
  10. esearch and aspects of management, thereby preparing him/herself to engage in lifelong learning, to keep abreast of knowledge and skills required in the engineering field.
  11. Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities by acting professionally and ethically.
  12. Demonstrate cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social context in the execution of engineering activities.
  13. Explore education and career opportunities.
  14. Organise and develop entrepreneurial opportunities through engineering problem-solving, design, technical research and managerial skills.

Admission Requirements and Selection Criteria

Refer to Faculty Regulation EB3 for the minimum admission requirements for this programme.
Students are selected on academic merit and a personal interview, if deemed necessary.
The number of student enrolments will be limited.

Promotion Requirements

Refer to Faculty Regulations EB4 and EB5, stipulating the promotion requirements for Engineering Sciences programmes and the requirements for awarding a passed with distinction BIng degree.


BTech: 1 year full-time
BIng: 4 years full-time

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Last updated August 2019

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