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    Course Information and Fees



    ND: (national diploma)

    Important note: The proposed move of Cape Town based Electrical Engineering students has been postponed until January 2016. Due to this postponement new and current students will remain on the Cape Town Campus until December 2015.

    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):
    Semester 2 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    19820 ZAR

    Second Year

    Semester 1 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    21370 ZAR

    Third Year

    Semester 1 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    Semester 2 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    3760 ZAR
    A system of pre-requisite subjects applies. Subjects at each level are compulsory.

    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

    Course is offered on Bellville Campus.
    NOTE: From January 2015 all Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems qualifications will only be offered in Bellville, and will no longer be offered on Cape Town Campus.

    For any queries get in touch with:

    Contact: Ms L van Wyk
    Telephone: +27 21 460 3763 / 21 953 8729
    Fax: -
    Email: vanwykla@cput.ac.za

    NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2016 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.