Electromechanical Engineering


Electromechanical Engineering

Duration of Course: 4 Years

Electromechanical engineering refers to the analysis, design, manufacture and maintenance of equipment and products based on the combination of electrical/electronic circuits and mechanical systems.

NWU Electromechanical Engineers ensure the safe and efficient operations of plants and factories by combining elements of electrical and mechanical engineering. Their knowledge of electrical machines, power electronics, strength of materials and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, together with legal knowledge with respect to occupational health and safety make them invaluable to industry. Our degree is well aligned with the Government Certificate of Competence (GCC) requirements and candidates make a natural transition towards obtaining the GCC after completion of the degree. Our engineers will serve the Mining, Materials Handling, Power Generation, Chemical, Oil and Gas industries.

Qualifications Where will I work?

The NWU offers the B.Eng. Electromechanical programme within the    School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering:

As a electromechanical engineer you will have great employment prospects because you will be one of few.
  • Electromechanical Engineering

Any mine or manufacturer will greatly benefit from your skills and you can do any of the following:

  • piece together and calibrate new machines,
  • diagnose issues and make repairs,
  • design new components and execute performance tests,
  • create prototypes and make improvements,
  • design products as economical as possible,
  • optimize product flow (improve factory equipment)

The final objective of an Electromechanical engineer should be to obtain their GCC (Government Certificate of Competence). This is a certificate which is required by the South African Government to recognise an individual as an Engineer in the mining environment. In order to obtain this, the engineer must specialize in mining during his/her Engineer In Training period.