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Over the years Nelson Mandela has become known as “the hub” of Engineering with major companies such as Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford based in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.  

The products and services produced in engineering sector plays an integral role in the growth of our country’s economy, thus industry is always on the lookout for well-trained engineering artisans. All the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) courses in the engineering field, offered at PE College, are offered on a full-time basis over a period of three years at levels 2, 3 and 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. The curriculum for the engineering qualification is comprised of both theory and practical work. The practical component is offered in a real workplace environment, which is set up at the college in the form of a simulated workplace. There are currently four Engineering Studies programs offered at the Iqhayiya Campus. The four programs are Engineering and Related Design, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Civil Engineering Construction and Mechatronics. In order to obtain a qualification in any of the four Engineering vocations, a student is required to take a total of seven subjects whereby the following fundamental subjects are compulsory for each course.  

  • Language which must be in the language of teaching and learning
  • Mathematics or Math Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Minimum entry requirements

  • A year end school report for grade 9 or higher
  • An NQF level 1 qualification
  • An approved bridging program designed for the specific purpose to access NQF level 2
  • A recognition of prior learning assessment to meet the basic requirements for access to NQF level 2

Engineering and Related Design involves all aspects of engineering design in the mechanical, geological and fabrication engineering fields. Civil Engineering and Building Construction covers construction, masonry building and woodworking design, drainage and sanitation and a practical, theoretical management and design environment. Electrical  Infrastructure Construction cover heavy current overhead power lines in the domestic, civil and industrial business and light current in the form of digital and electronics in the communications, industrial electronics and sound engineering fields and instrumentation. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary approach to engineering which has become a key to many different productions and processes. Modern systems have reached a level of sophistication which would have been hard to imagine using the traditional methods. The integration of mechatronics, electronics, control and computing utilizes and exceeds the relative advantages of single disciplines, and when they are integrated, high levels of performance are reached.

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