|About the Department
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines, which applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.
Mechanical student will be trained to use principles of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and structural analysis, along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, weapons, and more.
The term "Mechatronics" describes the integration of electronic engineering, electrical engineering, computer technology and control engineering with mechanical engineering. This process forms a crucial part of the design, manufacturing and maintenance of a wide range of engineering products and processes. Consequently, there is a need for engineers and technicians to adopt an interdisciplinary and integrated approach, involving skills and knowledge that are not conﬁned to a single subject area. They should be able to operate and communicate across a range of engineering disciplines.
Three-Dimensional Design / Industrial Design
Three-dimensional designers are the professionals who design products and experiences that add value to business and the user, and which are innovative and aesthetically appropriate. A professional industrial design service is often rendered in a cooperative working relationship with members of another development group. Such groups typically consist of marketers, engineers, manufacturers, members of the research and development environment, software developers, entrepreneurs, or members of other professions.
South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (SAIRAC)
The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)
Post Graduate Studies and Research
Full-Time MEng & DEng Study Bursaries for 2017 in Mechanical Engineering
2018 Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Qualification Info
2018 Advanced Industrial Design Brochure
2018 Diploma Industrial Design Brochure
EDP400T - 2017 notice