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2020/21
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ii    Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology 2020/21

Message from the Dean

As South Africa prepares for the Fourth
Industrial Revolution (4IR), the Faculty
of Engineering, Built Environment and
Information Technology (EBIT) focuses its
research, teaching and learning activities
on bringing competitive knowledge to
industry, education and society.

Prof Sunil Maharaj
Dean: Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment
and Information Technology

We aim for research excellence and welcome opportunities for                             We maintain close ties with our industry partners and continually
international collaboration. The Faculty is organised into four                          search for opportunities to collaborate in order to enhance the
Schools:                                                                                 relevance of our academic programmes and enable our students
ƒ the School of Engineering;                                                             to acquire scarce and highly specialised skills. As a result, there
ƒ the School for the Built Environment;                                                  is a high demand for our graduates. Data shows that 90% of our
ƒ the School of Information Technology; and                                              graduates obtain employment within six months of graduation.
ƒ the Graduate School of Technology Management
                                                                                         The Faculty strives to accommodate students who meet the
Global technology is evolving on an exponential scale, and EBIT                          admission criteria. As places are limited, we recommend that
is eager to embrace the challenges. We are fortunate to have                             learners who excel in their studies submit their applications
exceptional researchers and superb laboratory facilities and                             as soon as possible after 1 March, which is when applications
follow a hybrid teaching model. Our lectures are presented by                            open. Academic achievers with limited financial means should
a team of inspirational and dedicated academics, supported by                            not be discouraged from applying since government and various
highly motivated administrative and support staff. Together they                         industries have financial schemes to assist deserving academic
serve our student community.                                                             achievers with grants, bursaries or scholarships. Prospective
                                                                                         students are encouraged to visit www.up.ac.za/fees-and-funding
EBIT has 30 research chairs and entities that attract high-quality                       for information on bursaries, scholarships and financial support.
students and staff and is well equipped in terms of research and
teaching activities. The Faculty is highly ranked globally, and our                      Your applications are eagerly awaited, and we look forward
programmes are accredited by both national and international                             to welcoming you when you join one of our programmes. We
statutory bodies. We offer 23 locally relevant and internationally                       can assure you that you will have an enriching and rewarding
competitive undergraduate degree programmes. Our graduates                               experience in the dynamic EBIT Faculty.
enter ever-changing job markets—some of which did not even
exist when they commenced their studies. We ensure that when                             Tel     +27 (0)12 420 5318
they complete their studies, they are work-ready and able to                             Email   sunil.maharaj@up.ac.za
address and overcome future challenges.                                                  Website www.up.ac.za/ebit

Produced by the Department of Enrolment and Student Administration in December 2019.
Comments and queries can be directed to ssc@up.ac.za or tel: +27 (0)12 420 3111.

Disclaimer: This publication contains information about regulations, policies, tuition fees, curricula and programmes of the University of Pretoria applicable at
the time of printing. Amendments to or updating of the information in this publication may be effected from time to time without prior notification. The accuracy,
correctness or validity of the information contained in this publication is therefore not guaranteed by the University at any given time and is always subject to
verification. The user is kindly requested to verify the correctness of the published information with the University at all times. Failure to do so will not give rise to
any claim or action of any nature against the University by any party whatsoever.
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Content

Message from the Dean .......................................................................................................................... ii
Undergraduate programmes ....................................................................................................................1
School of Engineering .............................................................................................................................5
School for the Built Environment ...........................................................................................................25
School of Information Technology .......................................................................................................... 31
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Undergraduate programmes

Important information on undergraduate programmes for 2021

ƒƒ The closing date is an administrative admission guideline for non-selection programmes. Once a non-selection programme is full
   and has reached the institutional targets, then that programme will be closed for further admissions, irrespective of the closing date.
   However, if the institutional targets have not been met by the closing date, then that programme will remain open for admissions until
   the institutional targets are met.
ƒƒ The following persons will be considered for admission: Candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the
   University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement; candidates who are
   graduates from another tertiary institution or have been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution, and candidates who
   are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
ƒƒ Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
ƒƒ Grade 11 results are used for the conditional admission of prospective students.
ƒƒ A valid qualification with admission to degree studies is required.
ƒƒ Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out below, are required.
ƒƒ Conditional admission to the four-year programmes in the School of Engineering is guaranteed only if a prospective student complies
   with ALL the requirements as indicated in the table.
ƒƒ Admission to ENGAGE in the School of Engineering will be determined by the NBT and NSC results, achievement levels of 5 for
   Mathematics and 5 for Physical Sciences, and an achievement level of 5 for English, together with an APS of 30.
ƒƒ Students may apply directly to be considered for the ENGAGE programme.
ƒƒ All lectures at the University of Pretoria are presented in English only.

Note: The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) accredits our programmes and our degrees meet the requirements for Professional
Engineers in SA.

    Note: The asterisks below refer to the minimum requirements for 2021 column in the tables below.
    * Cambridge A Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission. Students in the
      Cambridge system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences in the
      tables below.
    * International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
      Students in the IB system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences
      in the tables below.

University of Pretoria website                    www.up.ac.za/ebit
National Benchmark Test website                   www.nbt.ac.za

                                                                                                     Minimum requirements for 2021*
Programmes
                                                                                                        Achievement level

                                                                         English Home Language
                                                                              or English First              Mathematics               Physical Sciences            APS
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING                                                     Additional Language

                                                                           NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB       AS Level      NSC/IEB        AS Level

BEng (Industrial Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             6             B              6             B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Industrial engineers design, test, implement and manage a wide range of man/machine systems for production and the delivery of services. Organisational
matters that require optimisation include site selection and layout of facilities, manufacturing, inventory control, materials handling, supply chain management, quality
management, cost control, financial services, maintenance, reliability, computer simulation, information systems, human resources and business law.
BEng (Chemical Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             6             B              6             B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Chemical engineers are involved in industrial processes that convert raw materials to products with a higher economic value. This is achieved by means
of physical, thermal, chemical, biochemical and mechanical changes and processes. Chemical engineers apply their specialised knowledge in the petroleum, food,
minerals processing, power generation and the paper and pulp industries, water and effluent treatment, and environmental engineering activities, including air
pollution control. Like those in other engineering disciplines, chemical engineers are involved in research and development, techno-economic evaluation, equipment
and plant design, process control and optimisation, construction, commissioning, operation and management, and the marketing and distribution of the final products.
BEng (Civil Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             6             B              6             B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Civil engineers design, build and maintain constructions such as tower blocks and skyscrapers, dams, canals and pipelines, roads, bridges, tunnels, railways,
airports, power stations, towers, waterworks and outfall installations. They are involved in financial modelling, feasibility studies and the management and rehabilitation
of large asset portfolios.
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Undergraduate programmes

                                                                                                       Minimum requirements for 2021*
Programmes
                                                                                                         Achievement level

                                                                          English Home Language
                                                                               or English First              Mathematics                Physical Sciences            APS
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING                                                      Additional Language

                                                                            NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB       AS Level

BEng (Electrical Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Electrical engineers are active in the generation, storage, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electrical energy. There is a bright future in renewable
energy. Electrical engineers design, supervise the construction, oversee the optimal operation and assure perfect and timely maintenance of all electrical installations
for municipalities, residential areas, commercial buildings, factories, mines and industries. Rail transport, water pumping, electrical grids, telecommunications, energy
management and smart lighting all fall within the scope of electrical engineering.
BEng (Electronic Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Electronic engineers are active in various fields, such as telecommunications (fixed networks, wireless, satellite, television, radar and radio frequency
networks), entertainment and medicine (magnetic resonance imaging, X-rays, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, infrared tomography, electroencephalograms (EEGs),
electrocardiograms (ECGs), rehabilitation engineering and biokinetics), integrated circuit design, bioengineering, military equipment design (vehicle electronics, smart
bombs, night vision, laser systems), transport (e-tags, speed measuring, railway signalling, global positioning system (GPS) and mapping), ‘smart’ dust, safety and security
systems (face and speech recognition), banking (ATMs), commerce, robotics, education, environmental management, tourism and many more.
BEng (Mechanical Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Mechanical and aeronautical engineers are concerned with power-generating machines and systems such as vehicles, ships, air-conditioners, pebble-bed
nuclear reactors, aeroplanes, engines and turbines, robots and biomedical systems. Areas of specialisation include product design and manufacturing (such as the
design, testing and improvement of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems), marine engineering and naval architecture, biomedical engineering, air-
conditioning and refrigeration, aerospace systems and aircraft/missile engineering, vehicle engineering, maintenance engineering and energy management (gas and
steam turbines, nuclear power reactors, petrol engines, cooling towers and renewable energy systems).
BEng (Metallurgical Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Metallurgical engineers unlock the riches of deposits of metal ores, coal and diamonds and optimise the manufacture and performance of metallic
components. They work in plants where valuable minerals are recovered from ore, where metals are produced from the minerals and where the metals are converted
into useful materials as well as high-performance products from metals such as steel or aluminium. Careers include production engineers, plant managers, consultants,
forensic engineers and researchers.
BEng (Mining Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Mining engineers have a wide range of opportunities, namely mining (mine management, technical management of ventilation, rock mechanics, rock breaking,
mineral resources), financial evaluation and management (mine design, financial evaluation of mines, mine feasibility studies, mine environmental impact studies),
mining and drilling contracting (mining, tunnelling, shaft sinking, mine development, ore evaluation), mining research, mining equipment design and manufacture,
mining marketing and mining administration at national, provincial and international levels.
BEng (Computer Engineering)
[4 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             6              B             6              B             35
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Computer engineers are active in all fields of the information superhighway and the information and communication technology (ICT) world, which include
computer systems, software engineering, computer and communications networks, wireless sensor networks, embedded software, electronics, smart control systems
and automation, data security, e-commerce, pattern recognition (face and speech recognition) and artificial intelligence. They specialise in combining hardware,
software and communication technologies to optimise system performance.
Engineering Augmented Degree Programme (ENGAGE)
[5 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5              C             5              C             5              C             30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Note: The admission requirements above are relevant to prospective students who will commence their studies in 2021.
Candidates who do not comply with the minimum admission requirements for the four-year programmes, but who do comply with the minimum admission
requirements for ENGAGE, must write the NBT.
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Undergraduate programmes

                                                                                                      Minimum requirements for 2021*
Programmes
                                                                                                        Achievement level

                                                                         English Home Language
                                                                              or English First              Mathematics               Physical Sciences            APS
SCHOOL FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT                                          Additional Language

                                                                           NSC/IEB        AS Level      NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB        AS Level

BSc (Architecture)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             4              D             4              D            27
SA – 31 May
Non-SA – 31 May
Will only be considered as first study choice.
Selection programme: Selection includes an interview.
Careers: The BSc (Architecture) degree programme enables graduates to register with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) as candidate
architectural technologists. The qualification is the first step to future registration as a candidate senior architectural technologist or a candidate architect.
BSc (Construction Management)
[3 years]                                                                                                                                or Accounting
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             5              C                                         30
SA – 30 September                                                                                                                       4              D
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: After completing the three-year undergraduate degree programme, graduates could enter careers in, among others, construction site management or
subcontracting. On completion of the ensuing one-year honours programme, graduates are able to register as professional construction managers and opportunities
become much wider, including project management, property development, portfolio management, commercial marketing and managerial positions in the corporate
environment.
BSc (Real Estate)
[3 years]                                                                                                                                or Accounting
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             5              C                                         30
SA – 30 September                                                                                                                       4              D
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Apart from a future in areas such as property investment, property finance and facilities, and property management, further studies to obtain an honours
degree in real estate can lead to registration as professional property valuers. Career opportunities encompass the entire spectrum of the property sector, whether as
entrepreneurs in the private sector or as employees in the private, government or semi-government sectors.
BSc (Quantity Surveying)                                                                                                                 or Accounting
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                 5             C             5              C                                         30
SA – 30 September                                                                                                                       4              D
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Quantity surveying is the science that delivers specialised financial and contractual services and advice to clients in the building and construction industry, as
well as related industries. The three-year undergraduate degree is the first step towards registration as quantity surveyors. The ensuing one-year honours programme
leads to registration as candidate professional quantity surveyors. Career opportunities, apart from those in the private, government or semi-government sectors, also
exist in the property, banking, mining and manufacturing industries.
BTRP – Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning
[4 years]
                                                                               5             C             4              D                     -                   27
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Town and regional planners, development practitioners, urban managers, real estate analysts and researchers. While many town and regional planners act as
private consultants to the public and private sectors, the majority are employed by government, research agencies (such as the Council for Scientific and for Industrial
Research (CSIR) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)), non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, major financial institutions
and property development groups. The qualification will enable graduates to register as professional town and regional planners with the South African Council for
Planners.
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Undergraduate programmes

                                                                                                                Minimum requirements for 2021*
Programmes
                                                                                                               Achievement level

                                                                                               English Home Language
                                                                                                    or English First              Mathematics                  APS
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                                                                Additional Language

                                                                                                 NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB        AS Level

BIT (Information Systems)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       5             C             4              D               30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 26 and 29, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached.
Careers: Data scientist, IT auditor, geographic information specialist, IT entrepreneur, IT tax specialist, e-business consultant, programmer, business analyst, project
manager, CIO, CTO and knowledge manager
BSc (Computer Science)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       5             C             5              C               30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 26 and 29, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached.
Careers: Programmers, systems analysts, systems architects, consultants, database administrators, network analysts and researchers
BIS (Multimedia)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       4             D             5              C               30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 26 and 29, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached.
Careers: Programmers, web designers, animation specialists, video editors and electronic artists. The programme prepares candidates for positions at any of the
following content producers: paper publications, television, radio, phone technologies and the web. Graduates can become coders and work for programming
companies. They can develop skills in their particular areas of interest, such as digital music or video programming, or graphic, games or web development.
BSc (Information and Knowledge Systems)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       4             D             5              C               30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 26 and 29, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached.
Careers: Graduates will differentiate themselves in an application environment by choosing one of the following options: data science, genetics, geographical
information systems, IT and enterprises, IT and law, IT and music or software development.
BIS (Information Science)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       4             D                     -                      28
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 25 and 27, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached. If informatics is selected at the first-year level, an achievement level of 5 is required in Mathematics.
Careers: Information and knowledge managers (manage information and knowledge resources), information or e-commerce specialists (organise, retrieve and add
value to information), consultants on information products (services and systems), information brokers (act as infopreneurs and buy and sell information products and
services), and system specialists/analysts/technologists (develop information systems)
BIS (Publishing)
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       5             C                     -                      28
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
Should a candidate obtain an APS of between 25 and 27, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided that the student numbers for
designated groups have not been reached.
Careers: Entry-level job opportunities include assisting specific role-players in the publishing value chain (such as MDs of publishing houses, commissioning editors,
editors and production or marketing managers), market or picture research, copyright negotiations, copy-editing and proofreading, marketing and promotion,
distribution and delivery.
BCom (Informatics) Focus area: Information Systems
[3 years]
Closing dates:                                                                                       5             C             4              D               30
SA – 30 September
Non-SA – 31 August
This programme is administered by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
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School of Engineering

    School of Engineering: Highlights

All the programmes offered by the School of Engineering at the University of Pretoria have been granted accreditation by the Engineering
Council of South Africa. The School is one of the largest of its kind in the country in terms of student numbers, graduates and research
contributions, and offers programmes in all the major engineering disciplines. Many specialisations are also offered at both the
undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Through the innovative and relevant research undertaken in its seven departments, the School of Engineering provides its students with
the necessary training to enable them to make a considerable contribution to engineering in South Africa and abroad. The departments
are Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering; Industrial and Systems Engineering;
Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering; Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; and Mining Engineering.

The School maintains close ties with industry through a number of research chairs in all its departments. These include chairs in
Maintenance Engineering, Pyrometallurgy, Fluoro-material Science and Process Integration, Carbon Technology and Materials,
Reaction Engineering, Water Utilisation and Environmental Engineering, Railway Engineering and Broadband Multimedia
Communications. It also has a number of research centres and institutes, such as the Hub for Energy Efficiency and Demand-side
Management, the Advanced Engineering Centre of Excellence, the Industrial Metals and Minerals Research Institute, the Centre for
Telecommunications Engineering for the Information Society, the Centre for Asset Integrity Management, the SAIW Centre for Welding
Engineering and the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, to name but a few. Each department excels in its own research,
but the consolidation of research activities is encouraged, and several sustainable research groups have been formed to make an
impact worldwide.

                                                     EBIT weeks
                                                     Grade 10–12 learners are invited to register for one of the EBIT Faculty Weeks:

                                                     Week one      22 to 25 March 2020 (Engineering and Built Environment Week)
                                                     Week two      28 June to 1 July 2020 (Engineering and Information Technology Week)
                                                                   (Dates are subject to change. Please consult the website below for the
                                                                   most recent information)
                                                     Website       www.up.ac.za/ebitweek
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School of Engineering

 Department of Chemical Engineering

BEng (Chemical Engineering)                                            Chemical Engineering at UP
                                                                       In addition to producing sought-after graduates in chemical
What does the programme entail?                                        engineering, we conduct research that has led to world-class
Chemical engineering involves all aspects of the industrial            contributions in water utilisation and environmental engineering,
processes that, in the broadest sense, convert raw materials into      advanced materials development and applications, bio
higher-value products by means of combinations of physical,            reaction engineering and process systems design, control and
chemical, thermal, biochemical and mechanical changes. The             optimisation.
programme provides you with the necessary foundation to
ensure that once you graduate, you will be able to make creative       People with widely divergent interests and temperaments can
contributions to the world’s ever-increasing needs by:                 find themselves in interesting and challenging careers in chemical
ƒƒ converting natural resources into efficient and useable forms       engineering. Many projects require teamwork, where the ability
   of energy;                                                          to act as a team member and as a team leader is important. This
ƒƒ developing more durable, lighter and renewable materials;           discipline is exceptionally suited to women, and the number of
ƒƒ designing more efficient, environmentally friendly processing       females in our student complement is continuously growing. In
   plants;                                                             the past three years, 40% of the Department’s graduates were
ƒƒ applying biotechnology to convert raw materials into products       female.
   in a sustainable way;
ƒƒ designing processes to ensure that limited natural resources,       Contact information
   such as water, can be reused; and                                   Prof Philip de Vaal (Head of Department)
ƒƒ leaving a clean and sustainable environment behind for future       Tel        +27 (0)12 420 2475
   generations.                                                        Email      chemeng@up.ac.za
                                                                       Website www.up.ac.za/chemeng
A solid foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics and
biology is combined with the principles of the conservation of         First year
mass, energy and momentum, followed by the application of
                                                                       First semester                      Second semester
the economic tenets when designing equipment so as to ensure
lucrative processes that will contribute to economic and industrial    ƒƒ Graphical communication          ƒƒ Mathematics
growth.                                                                ƒƒ Calculus                         ƒƒ Electricity and electronics
                                                                       ƒƒ Physics                          ƒƒ Mechanics
The programme is aimed at producing graduates who can                  ƒƒ General chemistry                ƒƒ General chemistry
develop new and innovative processes, ensuring continued               ƒƒ Chemical engineering             ƒƒ Chemical engineering
growth to satisfy the abovementioned needs.                            ƒƒ Humanities and social            ƒƒ Humanities and social
                                                                          sciences 1                          sciences 2
Career opportunities                                                                                       ƒƒ Workshop practice
Chemical engineers are increasingly making their unique abilities
available in areas as diverse as the automotive industry and the       Second year
biomedical field, in addition to the traditional areas where their     First semester                      Second semester
unique approach and understanding of the relevant principles           ƒƒ Calculus                         ƒƒ Mathematics
lead to development in the petroleum, minerals, paper, food and        ƒƒ Differential equations           ƒƒ Numerical methods
textile industries. These industries are collectively referred to as   ƒƒ Chemistry                        ƒƒ Chemistry
the process industries, which is why chemical engineers are often
                                                                       ƒƒ Programming and information      ƒƒ Electrical engineering
called process engineers. Water purification and water treatment,
                                                                          technology                       ƒƒ Engineering statistics
the design and operation of such processes and the protection
                                                                       ƒƒ Strength of materials            ƒƒ Thermodynamics
of the environment from pollution are further areas in which
chemical engineers make invaluable contributions.                      ƒƒ Chemical engineering             ƒƒ Community-based project
                                                                       ƒƒ Chemical engineering materials
One of the characteristic qualities of chemical engineers is their     ƒƒ Community-based project
ability to examine an engineering problem at different levels, from
                                                                       Third year
using their detailed knowledge to manipulate the behaviour of
molecules under very specific conditions applying their expertise      First semester                      Second semester
to study and explain the effect of large chemical plants on a          ƒƒ Engineering management           ƒƒ Engineering activity and
country’s economy and environment. Apart from the opportunity          ƒƒ Transfer processes                  group work
to be part of a team that successfully plans, designs and operates     ƒƒ Biochemical engineering          ƒƒ Process dynamics
large processing plants, chemical engineers can also specialise in     ƒƒ Mass transfer                    ƒƒ Kinetics
the development and application of advanced computer-based             ƒƒ Chemical engineering             ƒƒ Laboratory
methods to design, control and optimise processes.                     ƒƒ Professional and technical       ƒƒ Chemical engineering
                                                                          communication                       design
A chemical engineer may be involved in any of the stages of a          ƒƒ Practical training
typical project, which are:
ƒƒ research and development;                                           Fourth year
ƒƒ techno-economic evaluation;                                         First semester                      Second semester
ƒƒ modelling, design and optimisation;
                                                                       ƒƒ Particle technology              ƒƒ Design project
ƒƒ plant construction and commissioning;
                                                                       ƒƒ Process synthesis                ƒƒ Process analysis
ƒƒ plant operation and management;
ƒƒ problem-solving in manufacturing or in product applications;        ƒƒ Process control                  ƒƒ Research project
   and                                                                 ƒƒ Reactor design                   ƒƒ Specialisation
ƒƒ manufacturing and marketing of equipment and products.              ƒƒ Research project                 ƒƒ Chemical engineering
                                                                       ƒƒ Practical training                  practice
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School of Engineering

    Department of Civil Engineering

BEng (Civil Engineering)                                                    First year
                                                                            First semester                   Second semester
Civil engineers create facilities that improve the quality of
                                                                            ƒƒ Graphical communication       ƒƒ Mathematics
people’s lives and environments. This process entails research
                                                                            ƒƒ Calculus                      ƒƒ Physics
into the proposed facility, followed by the planning, design and
                                                                            ƒƒ General chemistry             ƒƒ Mechanics
construction of the facility, as well as its continued maintenance.
                                                                            ƒƒ Materials science             ƒƒ Electricity and electronics
Civil engineers design, build and maintain constructions such as
                                                                            ƒƒ Humanities and social         ƒƒ Humanities and social
tower blocks and skyscrapers, dams, canals and pipelines, roads,
                                                                               sciences 1                       sciences 2
bridges, tunnels, railway lines, airports, power stations, towers,
                                                                                                             ƒƒ Workshop practice
waterworks and outfall installations.
                                                                            Second year
Since these facilities have a long lifespan and a direct impact on          First semester                   Second semester
the community and environment, civil engineers are trained to
                                                                            ƒƒ Calculus                      ƒƒ Mathematics
deal not only with the analytical aspects of design, but also to
                                                                            ƒƒ Differential equations        ƒƒ Numerical methods
liaise and consult directly with communities and individuals in
                                                                            ƒƒ Strength of materials         ƒƒ Structural analysis
order to design, build and maintain such facilities cost-effectively
                                                                            ƒƒ Geology for engineering       ƒƒ Pavement materials and
and to the benefit of humankind. Facilities designed by civil
                                                                            ƒƒ Strengths of materials I         design
engineers form the infrastructure for wealth and job creation, for
                                                                            ƒƒ Community-based project       ƒƒ Engineering statistics
instance, in the manufacturing and housing industries.
                                                                                                             ƒƒ Community-based project
The development of information technology and computer                      Third year
software that make mathematical modelling and designs more                  First semester                   Second semester
effective has drastically changed the nature of civil engineering
                                                                            ƒƒ Professional and technical    ƒƒ Hydraulics
in that it enables civil engineers to concentrate on the more
                                                                               communication                 ƒƒ Geotechnical engineering
fundamental aspects of developmental work and design. The
                                                                            ƒƒ Strengths of materials I      ƒƒ Civil building materials
worldwide trend towards environmental awareness increasingly
                                                                            ƒƒ Hydraulics                    ƒƒ Structural concrete
impacts on the civil engineer’s working methods. Information
                                                                            ƒƒ Structural analysis           ƒƒ Transportation engineering
technology, and environmental engineering and management,
                                                                            ƒƒ Civil engineering economics
increasingly form a greater part of the training, so that a civil
                                                                            ƒƒ Programming and
engineer can still be provided with a broad-based qualification
                                                                               information technology
that offers challenging, fulfilling and highly adjustable career
                                                                            ƒƒ Soil mechanics
opportunities throughout a career lifespan of from 40 to 50 years.
                                                                            ƒƒ Timber design
                                                                            ƒƒ Civil engineering
In 2020, the Department will inaugurate its new Engineering 4.0
                                                                               measurement techniques
facility, which includes state-of-the-art laboratories and training
facilities to support the training and education of the engineers of        Fourth year
the future.                                                                 First semester                   Second semester
                                                                            ƒƒ Hydraulics                    ƒƒ Civil environmental
Contact information
                                                                            ƒƒ Research project                 management
Prof Wynand J v d M Steyn (Head of Department)
                                                                            ƒƒ Steel design                  ƒƒ Civil engineering
Tel      +27 (0)12 420 2171
                                                                            ƒƒ Reinforced concrete design    ƒƒ Construction management
Email    wynand.steyn@up.ac.za
                                                                            ƒƒ Infrastructure planning       ƒƒ Computer applications in
Website www.up.ac.za/civil-engineering
                                                                            ƒƒ Engineering professionalism      civil engineering
                                                                            ƒƒ Practical training            ƒƒ Detailed design
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 Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

BEng (Computer Engineering)                                             held scanners, voting, medical systems (portable and remote
                                                                        diagnostic recorders), robotics, entertainment equipment, global
What does the programme entail?                                         positioning system (GPS) navigation, measurement and control
Computer engineering is one of the three internationally                software, and fibre-optic (self-healing) networks.
accepted and closely related subdisciplines of the traditional
field of electrical engineering (electrical engineering, electronic     A computer engineer has to be innovative and must keep
engineering and computer engineering). Computer engineering             abreast of new technologies and developments in both software
is the most dynamic and rapidly growing engineering discipline          and hardware. Some computer engineers move very quickly
in the vast and constantly expanding field of information and           into management, where their analytical, synthetic, managerial
communication technology (ICT). There is hardly a technological         and leadership skills enable them to reach the highest levels of
system in the world that does not rely on computer engineering.         corporate management.
It involves a combination of electronics, computer systems
(hardware and software) and communication systems. A                    The aim of computer engineering is to integrate electronics,
computer engineer is someone with a talent for optimising               computing and control systems in the best way possible to ensure
electronic systems with dedicated computing systems and control         fast, small and powerful systems. Typical subsystems include
software. This includes computer and communication networks of          sophisticated software for artificial intelligence, biometrics, radio
all sizes—from a couple of microcontrollers to the worldwide web.       frequency (RF) subsystems and real-time applications, software
It is essential to know what this career entails before enrolling for   engineering, human language technologies, e-commerce,
the programme.                                                          m-commerce, billing software, data security and various
                                                                        networking applications, such as storage area networks.
A computer engineer has a good understanding of the basic
sciences and a sound education in the theoretical and practical         Career opportunities
aspects (including design methodology) of electronics, digital          Computer engineering graduates have access to a wide range
systems, computer systems and control software. With the                of job opportunities. These include working for a company
dramatic increase in computing and storage capabilities, as well        (large or small) anywhere in the world as an employee, being an
as a decrease in size and cost, most technological systems include      entrepreneur or being self-employed. Research and development
components of computer engineering.                                     opportunities are available in the fields of communication,
                                                                        computer systems, networking and peace-keeping operations,
The computer engineering degree at the University of Pretoria           and in medical, transportation, software and electronics
was developed in 1998 to deliver graduates able to undertake            companies in South Africa and all over the world. This provides
the most demanding challenges of the ICT world in all its forms.        opportunities for innovation: thinking of a problem to be solved
Examples of computer engineering include cell phone technology,         and coming up with a solution and even possibly patenting the
car-control computers for engine management, entertainment              idea. The academic programme at the University of Pretoria
systems, security systems, air-conditioning systems, active             prepares students to become leaders in the field of computer
suspension and anti-lock braking systems (ABSs), which all use the      engineering—with excellent financial rewards and professional
principles of sensing, computing and actuation under optimised          satisfaction.
software control. This is the fastest-growing new discipline in
engineering, and job opportunities for graduates exist all over the     Contact information
world.                                                                  Email    eerc@up.ac.za
                                                                        Website www.ee.up.ac.za
Computer engineering is used in the following fields in particular:
telecommunications, computer networking, cell phone operations,         Dr Herman Myburgh (Function Head: Marketing)
computer system companies, military technologies (avionics, night       Tel     +27 (0)12 420 4540
vision, electronic warfare, drones), transport technologies, internet   Email   herman.myburgh@up.ac.za
banking, security systems, consumer equipment, modems, hand-
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First year                                                                 Third year
First semester                     Second semester                         First semester                     Second semester
ƒƒ Physics                         ƒƒ Mathematics                          ƒƒ Engineering management          ƒƒ Engineering activity and
ƒƒ Calculus                        ƒƒ Mechanics                            ƒƒ Microprocessors                    group work
ƒƒ Electricity and electronics     ƒƒ Program design:                      ƒƒ Analogue electronics            ƒƒ Computer engineering
ƒƒ Imperative programming             Introduction                         ƒƒ Intelligent systems                design
ƒƒ Humanities and social           ƒƒ Humanities and social                ƒƒ Electromagnetic                 ƒƒ Software engineering
   sciences 1                         sciences 2                              compatibility                   ƒƒ Control systems
                                   ƒƒ Operating systems                                                       ƒƒ Digital communications
Recess Training:                                                           Recess Training:
ƒƒ Information technology                                                  ƒƒ Information technology
   practice                                                                   practice

Second year                                                                Fourth year
First semester                     Second semester                         First semester                     Second semester
ƒƒ Calculus                        ƒƒ Mathematics                          ƒƒ Project                         ƒƒ Project
ƒƒ Differential equations          ƒƒ Numerical methods                    ƒƒ Engineering professionalism     ƒƒ Research project
ƒƒ Data structures and             ƒƒ Linear systems                       ƒƒ DSP programming and
   algorithms                      ƒƒ Digital systems                         application
ƒƒ Electrical engineering          ƒƒ Engineering statistics               ƒƒ Computer engineering:
ƒƒ Materials science               ƒƒ Community-based project                 architecture and systems
ƒƒ Professional and technical                                              ƒƒ e-Business and network
   communication                                                              security
ƒƒ Community-based project
                                                                           Recess Training:
Recess Training:                                                           ƒƒ Practical training and report
ƒƒ Introduction to
   programming and computer
   simulations
ƒƒ Information technology
   practice
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BEng (Electronic Engineering)                                          opportunities are available at South African electronics and
                                                                       microelectronics companies and research institutes (such as
What does the programme entail?                                        the CSIR), and at universities all over the world. Graduates in
Electronic engineering is one of the three internationally             electronic engineering have the opportunity to be innovative, ie to
accepted and closely related subdisciplines in the traditional         identify real-life problems and to come up with solutions, which
field of electrical engineering (electrical engineering, electronic    they might be able to patent. The academic programme at the
engineering and computer engineering). Electronic engineering          University of Pretoria prepares students to become leaders in the
entails the vast and continuously expanding field of the ‘electronic   field of electronic engineering—with excellent financial rewards
world and era’. There is hardly a technological system in the world    and professional satisfaction.
that does not rely on electronics and electronic engineering. An
electronic engineer is someone with a talent for introducing new       Contact information
and upgrading old technologies.                                        Email    eerc@up.ac.za
                                                                       Website www.ee.up.ac.za
An electronic engineer has a good understanding of the basic
sciences and a sound education in the theoretical and practical        Dr Herman Myburgh (Function Head: Marketing)
aspects (including design methodology) of electronics and              Tel     +27 (0)12 420 4540
electronic engineering systems. The drastic increase in the            Email   herman.myburgh@up.ac.za
development of new electronic systems globally makes it essential
for electronic engineers to be well prepared for the work.             First year
                                                                       First semester                     Second semester
Our electronic engineering degree programme was developed
                                                                       ƒƒ Graphical communication         ƒƒ Mathematics
over many years to provide exactly what the industry expects
                                                                       ƒƒ Calculus                        ƒƒ Physics
from such an engineer. This is an exciting world, and since the
                                                                       ƒƒ General chemistry               ƒƒ Mechanics
‘half-life’ of microelectronics and photonics is only approximately
                                                                       ƒƒ Materials science               ƒƒ Electricity and electronics
two-and-a-half years, there are constant improvements and
                                                                       ƒƒ Humanities and social           ƒƒ Humanities and social
developments.
                                                                          sciences 1                         sciences 2
Electronic engineering is used in almost all information,              Second year
communication and technology (ICT) application fields, especially      First semester                     Second semester
those of telecommunications (cell phones, broadcasting, internet
                                                                       ƒƒ Calculus                        ƒƒ Mathematics
service providers (ISPs), telecommunications companies (Telcos),
                                                                       ƒƒ Differential equations          ƒƒ Numerical methods
global positioning systems (GPSs), transport (aeroplanes, ships,
                                                                       ƒƒ Dynamics                        ƒƒ Engineering statistics
trains, motor cars), consumer equipment (iPods, induction stoves,
                                                                       ƒƒ Electrical engineering          ƒƒ Linear systems
fridges, microwaves, television sets), peace-keeping operations
                                                                       ƒƒ Imperative programming          ƒƒ Digital systems
(avionics, night vision, electronic warfare, drones), medicine
                                                                       ƒƒ Professional and technical      ƒƒ Community-based project
(bioengineering, diagnostic systems, rehabilitation engineering,
                                                                          communication
intensive care units, laser surgery), robotics (mechatronics, mine
                                                                       ƒƒ Community-based project
robots, spacecraft), entertainment (video games, shows, casinos),
mining, manufacturing, navigation, communication, satellite
                                                                       Recess Training:
surveillance (day and night), access control (face recognition) and
                                                                       ƒƒ Introduction to
photonics (lasers, optical fibres, networking).
                                                                          programming and computer
                                                                          simulations
Electronic engineers need to be innovative and have to ensure
that they keep abreast of new technologies. Some electronic            Third year
engineers move very quickly into management, where their               First semester                     Second semester
analytical, synthesis, managerial and leadership skills are used to
                                                                       ƒƒ Engineering management          ƒƒ Engineering activity and
reach the highest levels of corporate management. Several of this
                                                                       ƒƒ Electromagnetism                   group work
Department’s graduates have sold their ideas (patents) for vast
                                                                       ƒƒ Analogue electronics            ƒƒ Microwaves and antennas
sums.
                                                                       ƒƒ Microprocessors                 ƒƒ Stochastic communication
                                                                       ƒƒ Modulation systems                 systems
The aim of electronic engineering is to do things faster, cheaper,
                                                                                                          ƒƒ Control systems
in smaller sizes and with much more control and artificial
                                                                                                          ƒƒ Electronic engineering
intelligence. Typical subsystems that form part of larger electronic
                                                                                                             design
systems are amplifiers, transmitters, receivers, control systems,
sensor systems, power supplies, radio frequency (RF) subsystems,       Fourth year
micro and nano electronics and microprocessors, digital signal         First semester                     Second semester
processors (DSPs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
                                                                       ƒƒ Project                         ƒƒ Project
Most electronic systems use a standard process of measurement
                                                                       ƒƒ Engineering professionalism     ƒƒ Research project
(sensing) and calculate/compare/store information and controlled
                                                                       ƒƒ DSP Programming and
outputs (actuators) with extensive computing and communication
                                                                          application
power.
                                                                       ƒƒ Advanced electronics
                                                                       ƒƒ Automation
Career opportunities
Electronic engineering graduates have access to a wide range
                                                                       Recess Training:
of job opportunities, which include working for companies
                                                                       ƒƒ Practical training and report
(large or small) anywhere in the world as employees, or being
entrepreneurs or self-employed. Research and development
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Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE)

This is the largest department of its kind at a university in South Africa and we have the largest
number of specialisation fields in electrical, electronic and computer engineering.

 Electrical Engineering                           Electronic Engineering                      Computer Engineering

 Electrical Engineering focuses                   Electronic Engineering deals with           Computer Engineering focuses on
 on the generation, distribution,                 applications of electronics and this        hardware and software.
 conversion and efficient utilisation             includes:                                   ƒƒ Hardware includes the field of
 of electrical energy to the electrical           ƒƒ Telecommunications (television, radio,      robotics, digital signal processing,
 grid; for industrial, commercial and                cellular)                                   optical networks and communication
 residential applications; power line             ƒƒ Bioengineering                              systems.
 communications as well as coal-fired,            ƒƒ Signal processing                        ƒƒ Software includes artificial intelligence,
 hydro and nuclear power stations.                ƒƒ Optics                                      e-commerce systems, network
                                                  ƒƒ Power electronics                           security, and the design of operating
                                                  ƒƒ Electromagnetism                            and embedded systems.
                                                  ƒƒ Control systems
                                                  ƒƒ Microelectronics                         Computer Engineering focuses on the
                                                  ƒƒ Electronic design                        combination of hardware and software
                                                  ƒƒ Embedded systems                         to provide optimal solutions to real-
                                                                                              world problems.

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                                         Industries at which you can expect to find a career:

 Electrical Engineering                                     Electronic Engineering                                      Computer Engineering

 Applications of Electrical Engineering                     Electronic Engineering can be applied                       In short, computer engineers
 extend to coal-fired, hydro and                            to telecommunications (television,                          design and optimise computers and
 nuclear power stations; power line                         radio, cellular communications,                             computing systems for use in robots,
 communications and building and                            optical communication and more),                            cell phones, cars, wireless networks
 railway wiring. There is now also                          industry (control systems and power                         and cyber security.
 an intense focus on demand side                            electronics), military, transport and
 management and energy efficiency to                        bioengineering.                                             Computer engineers specialise in
 ensure effective and efficient use of                                                                                  combining hardware and software to
 our valuable energy resources both                                                                                     produce optimal solutions to problems.
 renewable and non-renewable.

Minimum admission requirements
                                                                                                       Minimum requirements for 2021*
Programmes
                                                                                                         Achievement level
                                                                          English Home Language
                                                                               or English First              Mathematics                Physical Sciences            APS
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING                                                      Additional Language

                                                                            NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB       AS Level       NSC/IEB        AS Level

BEng (Electrical Engineering) [4 years]
                                                                               5              C             6              B             6              B             35
Closing dates: SA – 30 September, Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Electrical engineers are active in the generation, storage, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electrical energy. There is a bright future in renewable
energy. Electrical engineers design, supervise the construction, oversee the optimal operation and assure perfect and timely maintenance of all electrical installations
for municipalities, residential areas, commercial buildings, factories, mines and industries. Rail transport, water pumping, electrical grids, telecommunications, energy
management and smart lighting all fall within the scope of electrical engineering.
BEng (Electronic Engineering) [4 years]
                                                                               5              C             6              B             6              B             35
Closing dates: SA – 30 September, Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Electronic engineers are active in various fields, such as telecommunications (fixed networks, wireless, satellite, television, radar and radio frequency
networks), entertainment and medicine (magnetic resonance imaging, X-rays, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, infrared tomography, electroencephalograms (EEGs),
electrocardiograms (ECGs), rehabilitation engineering and biokinetics), integrated circuit design, bioengineering, military equipment design (vehicle electronics, smart
bombs, night vision, laser systems), transport (e-tags, speed measuring, railway signalling, global positioning system (GPS) and mapping), ‘smart’ dust, safety and security
systems (face and speech recognition), banking (ATMs), commerce, robotics, education, environmental management, tourism and many more.
BEng (Computer Engineering) [4 years]
                                                                               5              C             6              B             6              B             35
Closing dates: SA – 30 September, Non-SA – 31 August
Careers: Computer engineers are active in all fields of the information superhighway and the information and communication technology (ICT) world, which include
computer systems, software engineering, computer and communications networks, wireless sensor networks, embedded software, electronics, smart control systems
and automation, data security, e-commerce, pattern recognition (face and speech recognition) and artificial intelligence. They specialise in combining hardware,
software and communication technologies to optimise system performance.
Engineering Augmented Degree Programme (ENGAGE) [5 years]
Closing dates: SA – 30 September, Non-SA – 31 August
Note: The admission requirements on the right are relevant to
prospective students who will commence their studies in 2021.                  5              C             5              C             5              C             30
Candidates who do not comply with the abovementioned minimum
requirements, but do comply with these requirements, have to write
the NBT.

* Cambridge A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates should please refer to the shaded note on page 1.
  Note: The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) accredits our programmes and our degrees meet the requirements
  for Professional Engineers in SA.

Contact information Dr Herman Myburgh (Function Head: Marketing)
Tel +27 (0)12 420 4540 | Email eecinfo@up.ac.za or herman.myburgh@up.ac.za | Website www.ee.up.ac.za or www.up.ac.za/eece
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BEng (Electrical Engineering)                                              quickly and use analytical, synthesis, managerial and leadership
                                                                           skills to reach the highest levels of corporate management.
What does the programme entail?
Electrical engineering is one of the three internationally                 The aim of electrical engineering is to change the world by
accepted and closely related subdisciplines in the traditional             discovering ways to generate, transmit, distribute and utilise
field of electrical engineering (electrical engineering, electronic        electrical energy in an environmentally friendly and sustainable
engineering and computer engineering). This programme covers               way. Typical subsystems that may form part of larger electrical
the vast and continuously expanding field of the ‘electrical energy        systems are electrical machines of all sizes and shapes, power
world’. Practically all technological systems in the world rely on         electronics, control systems, power system components, power
electrical power as a source of energy. An electrical engineer is          quality and network stability, lamps and lighting, power supplies,
someone with a talent for introducing alternative and renewable            photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar geysers, space systems, robotics and
sources of electrical energy into everyday life.                           energy management systems.

Enormous challenges exist for utilising and storing electrical             Career opportunities
energy derived from such sources as the sun (solar energy), wind,          Electrical engineering graduates have access to a wide range
biomass and water (hydro-energy), and even nuclear energy.                 of job opportunities, which include working for electricity
In South Africa, pumped storage systems are extensively used,              utility companies, mining houses, municipalities, consulting
and new systems are under construction. The next steps in                  engineers, transportation (rail and sea) companies and research
the chain from generating to utilising electrical energy are the           organisations, locally and abroad. The advances in electrical
transmission and distribution systems. The most cost-effective             energy generation and distribution create tremendous
way of saving electrical energy is to spend a great deal of research       opportunities for entrepreneurs in South Africa and in the rest of
and development time and money on sustainable energy-efficient             the world. Research and development opportunities are available
equipment, from electrical machines to geysers and lighting.               locally at institutions such as Denel, Eskom, the Council for
                                                                           Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Transnet.
There is a shortage of qualified electrical engineers all over the
world. An electrical engineer has a thorough understanding                 Contact information
of the basic sciences and a good education in the theoretical              Email    eerc@up.ac.za
and practical aspects (including design, installation and                  Website www.ee.up.ac.za
maintenance methodology) of electrical engineering. Due to
the current worldwide power crisis, there is an urgent need for            Dr Herman Myburgh (Function Head: Marketing)
environmentally friendly ways to generate power and energy.                Tel     +27 (0)12 420 4540
                                                                           Email   herman.myburgh@up.ac.za
Our programme in electrical engineering was developed over
many years to provide exactly what the industry expects from                                                             continues on page 14 >>
such an engineer. There are fascinating opportunities worldwide
for electrical (high-current) engineers who are capable of taking
the lead in respect of sustainable and environmentally friendly
electrical energy generation, transmission and utilisation. Most
car manufacturers have already introduced electric cars (including
series and parallel hybrid vehicles), and there are many new
entrants to the market.

Electrical engineering is prevalent in almost all application fields
and technologies where electrical energy is consumed. Every
known piece of equipment requires a source of energy—powered
by mains, batteries or photovoltaic (PV) cells—and needs the
skill of an electrical engineer. The transport and manufacturing
industries are excellent examples of industries in which electrical
engineers use their superior skills to design, develop and maintain
electrical machines (motors and generators) with control systems
for optimal performance. Most ships and trains are electrically
powered.

Other applications of electrical engineering include power
reticulation in cities, townships, shopping malls and factories. The
lighting of indoor and outdoor areas forms the basis of our daily
activities and includes lighting at sports stadiums, street lighting,
safety and security lighting, task and ambient lighting, as well
as lighting for offices, entertainment and many other specialist
applications. Regardless of whether it is medicine, the military,
entertainment, sports, education or any other field of technology,
electrical engineers will be there to provide the energy and control
required. An electrical engineer needs to be innovative and has
to keep abreast of new developments in the field of technology.
Many electrical engineers move into management positions very
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