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Frequently Asked Questions - Mechanical Engineering

  • What is the difference between UCT’s mechanical and mechatronic engineering, and mechanical engineering?

    You can find out more about the differences here.

    Mechanical and Mechatronics engineering degree is best for people with an interest in mechanical design, electronics and programming/control.

    Mechatronics degree is best of people with a strong interest in electronics, programming and control of systems who would like an understanding of mechanisms.

  • Can I do aeronautical engineering at UCT?

    We give you a solid undergraduate degree with the skills which can lead to postgraduate degrees specialising in aeronautics. In the Department, we have one of the top researchers in aeronautical engineering in the country. He is presently working with Airbus and you can apply to do your postgraduate degree with him. You can find out more information on the Computational Fluid Dynamics website

  • What are some postgraduate opportunities after doing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering?

    You can find our postgraduate degrees on the website

  • What industries in Africa are the demand high for mechanical engineers?

    Across a broad spectrum of industries – as mechanical engineers work as part of a team on most engineering projects.

  • Will we get conditional admission if you do not meet the minimum requirements by 1 mark for E.g b for maths and 69 percent in physics and chem

    You will need to meet all the requirements listed (WPS/FPS, NSC Maths and NSC Physics - with your interim results) in order to receive a conditional offer. See the admission requirements

  • Is mechatronics a part of the mechanical engineering department?

    We offer a Mechanical and Mechatronic degree and the Department of Electrical Engineering offers a Mechatronic degree. (see the first question for what the difference is between the two degrees).

  • Does UCT offer aircraft engineering (aeronautical)?

    In our postgraduate programmes yes, please send me an email carmelita.jonker@uct.ac.za for more information.

  • My son is grade 11 and would like to study mechanical engineering. Kindly give us guidance in terms of the important subjects and what percentage is expected please?

    You can visit the admission requirement as a guide with regard to the requirements for our 2022 applicants. Requirements are subject to change each year, so it is important to check the admission requirements when your son is in Grade 12.

  • How can Mechanical Engineers contribute to the making of renewable energy sources?

    Mechanical engineers will work on the structures for renewable energy – e.g. PVC cell on the roof; wind turbine, hydro energy structures. They will be part of a team and design the structures and integrate the electronics.

  • Is it possible to transfer from construction studies to mechanical engineering, and if so what would the process be?

    You would need to apply online. Your application will be reviewed by the department against the transferring applicant pool in the current admission cycle. A formal application allows the Faculty Office to properly monitor your application and communicate with you regarding any additional information required. If you have any further queries, you are welcome to email ebe-faculty@uct.ac.za (please include your student number).

  • Can you advise if inservice training is part of the degree?

    For the BSc degree, we do not require inservice training. We have a requirement for vacation training which is a short one to two month period, twice during your degree, where you will go out to industry and get some experience of what it is like to work in an industrial environment.

  • How many new first-year students do you take into mechanical engineering?

    Our target is 132 but this year we had a large intake of 187 due to popularity of the degrees.