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Course Information and Fees



ND: (national diploma)

The engineering industry contributes to the technical, social, economical and environmental infrastructure of the country, leading to socio-economic growth. These qualifications are intended for technician and technologist level employment in industry. The framework of engineering qualifications develops the human resources essential for sustaining this profession.

A person achieving a qualification will:

  • Demonstrate well-rounded general engineering knowledge, of the main terms, procedures, principles and operations in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Be able to follow developments in the field and critique the status of current knowledge.
  • Be able to apply the knowledge gained to new situations, both concrete and abstract, in the workplace/community.
  • Be able to gather evidence from primary sources and journals using effective retrieval skills, and organize, synthesize and present the information professionally in a mode appropriate to the audience.
  • Have the ability to develop him/herself professionally.
  • Be capable of independent decision-making taking into account the relevant technical, economic, social and environmental factors.
  • Be able to work independently, and as a member of a team.
  • Be equipped for further studies.
  • Have met the academic requirements for registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Areas of Specialisation
The student will receive the NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: ELECTRICAL, with subjects in the Power Engineering stream:

This stream concentrates on the generation, distribution and control of electricity with the aid of computing techniques. The electrification needs of South Africa require individuals with the above competencies. Students following this stream have access to well-equipped power engineering and computer laboratories.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
A qualifying learner will be competent to apply technical knowledge, engineering principles and problem-solving techniques in the field of Electrical Engineering by operating within the relevant standards and codes in collaboration with other members of the engineering team. The qualified person will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Technician-in-Training in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Career Opportunities
Graduates apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems and carry a range of technical responsibilities. The career route offers challenging work in all areas of electrical engineering. Graduates are usually placed in one of five main areas, namely, Manufacturing, Commissioning and Maintenance, Design and Development, Consulting, and Sales.

Graduates find employment at the following organisations:

MTN, Eskom, Tellumat, Caltex, Siemens, Vodacom, Telkom, Transtel, Grand West Casino, South African Weather Service, South African Observatory, Air Traffic and Navigation Services, Spoornet, amongst others.

Whilst the demand for Electrical Engineering graduates is high, the University encourages an entrepreneurial spirit amongst its students through the integration of appropriate business skills and incentives within the mainstream programme. The technical skills acquired should enable entrepreneurial–minded individuals to identify and develop viable business entities.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Professional Registration
The ND: Engineering: Electrical is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Technician.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Select one of the following electives:
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
20720 ZAR

Second Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
10220 ZAR

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
3480 ZAR
A system of pre- and co-requisites applies. Subjects at each level are made up of compulsory, core and optional offerings. A number of other subjects, depending on the stream chosen, are considered to be core and must be taken by all students following that stream.

Please consult the Department.

Experiential Learning
Experiential learning may also be undertaken after completion of ten academic subjects.

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including one year experiential learning

Offering Type and Duration
Part-Time / Four years

Course is offered on Cape Town Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Telephone: +27 21 460 3067
Fax: +27 21 460 3706

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2014 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.