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The Department of Physics offers a fascinating three year national diploma in Fire Technology for employees in the various emergency services.  Diplomats in Fire Technology could further their studies leading to the obtaining of the BTech degree in Fire Technology. The minimum duration is one year.  There is also the master’s degree programme in Fire Technology; MTech. Available for holders of the BTech: Fire Tech. The Department of Physics simultaneously provides service subjects to other Science and Engineering departments.

Industrial Physics
There are two electives under the diploma that students will be required to choose from. These are Photonics (Laser Technology) and Nuclear Technology (Radiation Protection Officer).

What is industrial physics?
Industrial Physics is a term used to describe physics related work in industry. There is a global demand for skilled people within the field of Industrial Physics. Photonics and Nuclear Technology are the physics-related disciplines that the diploma seeks to equip students, along with the necessary practical skills.

Photonics is listed as a scarce skill according to the National Master Scarce Skills List for South Africa published by the Ministry of Labour (2007). There is a need for qualified and skilled people in the Photonics and related fields. The field of Photonics is a fast growing industry in need of trained technicians. TUT Department of Physics is the only University in South Africa that is offering this diploma programme to train photonics technicians to meet this high demand.

Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection Officer
There is a growing demand for qualified, skilled and competent nuclear technicians in the Mining Industries, ESKOM, TELKOM, the Department of Health, NECSA and others. The technicians in the nuclear and related fields like Radiation Protection have become very scarce. Whether in producing electricity or radioactive isotopes and sources, and its applications, the nuclear industry is mindful of the environment and its protection. The qualified and skilled Nuclear Technician is required in the production, application and monitoring of all aspects and processes in the nuclear production and monitoring fields.

What is the purpose of this course?
The Diploma in Industrial Physics seeks to produce competent and skilled physics-related-work technicians for industry, and more so, for the photonics and nuclear industries. The course structure of the Diploma in Industrial Physics qualification has been developed to produce students with the necessary competencies in Vacuum Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Industrial Ventilation, Metrology as well as in either Photonics or in Nuclear Technology fields. The means of creating the physics-related-work technician will be classroom theory offering and hands on experimental practical as well as industry exposure. Further articulation to post graduate degrees in Photonics or Nuclear Technology is also possible, after attaining the diploma.

What are benefits from this course?
The course will equip the student with good theoretical, scientific and practical skills and techniques needed to work in industry.  One will obtain a qualification that is benchmarked against international standards. Good chances of getting work related to your qualification.

Employment positions:

    • Optical instrument technicians;
    • Lens coating technicians; 
    • Laser application technicians;
    • Vacuum technicians and non-destructive testing technicians;
    • General nuclear technician; 
    • Radiation protection technicians;
    • Waste management technicians;
    • Radiation risk technicians; and
    • Radioactive contamination risk technicians.

On successful completion of this course, Diploma in Industrial Physics, it will give the individual access to various other study opportunities, e.g., Advanced Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, masters and doctorate degrees in Photonics and Nuclear Technology; promotional positions in industry; and national or international research qualifications and bursaries.

Why is this course so unique?

  • The Diploma in Industrial Physics as a study programme is offered only at TUT and no other university in the country. 
  • It is a study programme that has been developed from inputs from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Photonics Initiative of South Africa (PISA), NLC-CSIR, DPSS-CSIR, Goldfields Mining, ESKOM, NECSA, Carl Zeiss, Department of Health and other industries.
  • Industries have agreed to assist in the work integrated learning component of the programme.
  • Well-equipped laboratories are available for practical experiments.
  • Competent and experienced lecturers are involved in the delivery of the learning content.

What are the admission requirements?
A minimum total admission point score (APS) of 21 is needed for admission. A National Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification with an achievement level of at least 4 for English (home language or first additional language), Mathematics and Physical Sciences, will be required. However, candidates with a total admission point score of 24 and more will be considered for admission. Candidates with a score of 21 to 23 will be invited to write and academic proficiency test. The APS will contribute 80% to the final admission score and the academic proficiency test, 20%.  Minimum duration: 3 years.  Admission intake: only in January.  Presentation: Full time.

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