Engineering studies

NATIONAL CERTIFICATES N1 – N3: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The N1 to N3 National Certificates in the Mechanical Engineering programme caters for students who would like to study any of the following engineering subjects:

Motor/Diesel Mechanic, Fitter and Turner, Boilermaker, Rigger

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

The holder of a National N1 – N3 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering will be able to take up employment in one of the following fields:

  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair (Motor/Diesel)
  • General manufacturing engineering
  • General maintenance engineering
  • Mining industry
  • Marine industry

What will I be able to do?

  • Take up a position as an apprentice or learner technician to gain the necessary industrial experience to be able to do a trade test. (for this you must have attained a full N2)

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Any industry or organisation that requires a person with Mechanical Engineering qualifications and skills obtained through studying N1 – N3: Mechanical Engineering.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level in N3 of this course will enable you to continue studying in a Mechanical Engineering-related field of study, towards your national diploma.

This can be done by studying towards the National N-Diploma by doing the N4 – N6 Certificates in Mechanical Engineering, followed by 2 years of practical work experience in the related field of study.

Further studies can be undertaken at any institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology should you meet the necessary entry requirements.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

N1 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawing, Plating & Structural steel drawing
  • Motor or Diesel Trade Theory, Fitting and Turning theory, Rigging Theory, Metal Worker’s theory

N2 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawing, Plating & Structural steel drawing
  • Motor or Diesel Trade Theory, Fitting and Turning theory, Rigging Theory, Plater’s theory

N3 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawing, Supervision in industry, Supervising Management
  • Motor or Diesel Trade Theory, Mechanotechnology

All examinations are external (national).

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • N1: Minimum of Grade 9 with Mathematics and Science above 50%
  • N2: N1 or equivalent with the four appropriate subjects or Grade 10 with Maths and Science
  • N3: N2 or equivalent with the four appropriate subjects or Grade 10 with Maths and Science

How do I get an apprenticeship to allow me entry into this course?

  • You must be a registered apprentice with a company/mine or some other accredited organisation

Duration

  • 1 year full-time (each level is 12 weeks)
  • Enrolment in January, May or September

NATIONAL N-DIPLOMA: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

(INCLUDES N4 – N6 CERTIFICATES)

Students who matriculate with the required subjects and wish to complete their studies in Mechanical Engineering qualify to register for the N4 – N6 courses.

Students with an N2 can apply to do their trade test. They will need to complete a 2 – year apprenticeship and then do their trade test.

This is necessary for all students who want to complete their diplomas.

Students who complete the N4 – N6 certificates and want to become qualified engineers. The students are also suitably qualified to enter the higher level of engineering to become technicians and assistants to qualified engineers. Engineers have to meet certain practical requirements.

Once a student has completed his/her N4 – N6 Certificates, he/she should work towards obtaining a National N-Diploma. Students will qualify for the N-Diploma when they have completed at least two years of practical work experience in their specific field of study. Students who wish to further their academic qualifications may apply to any other institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology.

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Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve obtained the National N-Diploma?

  • Assistant Mechanical Engineer
  • Auto Electrician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Fitter & Turner
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Tool Maker
  • Welder
  • Fitter (e.g. Maintenance Fitter, Marine Fitter, Hydraulic Fitter, etc.)
  • Rigger
  • Boilermaker

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Aerospace industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Mining industry
  • Packaging industry
  • Motor vehicle maintenance and manufacturing
  • Petrol and chemical industry
  • Printing industry
  • Engineering sales

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Your N2 Certificate will equip you to be indentured (sign a contract) as an apprentice and work at any organisation within the industry that requires artisans within the engineering sector.  You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry.  As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Once you’ve completed your N6 Certificate, you should work towards obtaining your National N-Diploma.  Students will qualify for the N-Diploma when they have completed at least two years of practical work experience in the field of study.  Students who wish to further their academic qualifications may apply to any other institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology to further continue their studies in the Engineering field.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

N4 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Mechanotechnology

N5 & N6 CERTIFICATES

  • Power Machines
  • Strength of Materials & Structures
  • Mechanotechnology
  • Fluid Mechanics

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study these courses?

  • To enter N4 – Grade 12 (with related subjects and a 50% pass), N3 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English

The criteria for application for the National N-Diploma are:

  • A minimum of 4 subjects completed at each level of certification.
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical experience in the field of study.
  • Note! If a student wants to qualify as a competent engineer with a GCC he must do 6 subjects per level from N4 to N6 & then apply to write their LAW exam

Duration

  • 1 year (each level is 12 weeks)
  • 2 years practical work experience in industry for a National N-Diploma
  • Enrolment in January, May and September.

Could I study this course part-time?

Yes, depending on number of students registered or another option is correspondence

The National N-Diploma (practical) portion of this qualification is not available as a part-time option.


NATIONAL CERTIFICATES N1 – N3: MOTOR MECHANICS

In the current system for Motor Mechanics you need at least an N2 with four subjects to do your trade test.

If you want to be employed as an apprentice, all companies require an N2 with Mathematics and Engineering Science marks above 40%.

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Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

Your N2 Certificate will allow you the opportunity to become an apprentice. After three years you will qualify as a motor mechanic, once you have completed your apprenticeship and passed your trade test.

What will I be able to do?

  • Motor Mechanic
  • Work in the motor trade in Parts Sales, Motor Sales, etc.

In which industries will I be able to work?

Motor and diesel industries.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

You can study part-time (night classes) to study further and obtain a National N-Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Once you have passed your N6 Certificate, and provided that your marks in the N-subjects are above 60%, you can further your studies at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

SUBJECTS FOR N1 TO N3

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Motor Trade Theory N1, N2 & N3
  • OR Diesel Trade Theory N2 & N3 as Motor Trade Theory is common to Diesel and Motor
  • IF Auto electrician – Industrial electronics

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • Grade 12 or equivalent, or
  • NC(V) Level 3

How do I get an apprenticeship?

  • A company employs you as an apprentice if you have completed an N2 certificate and you have the necessary qualification, you can enrol to study the N3 Certificate course and onwards.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time (each level is 12 weeks)

Enrolment in January, May or September


NATIONAL N1 – N3 CERTIFICATES: BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

The N1 to N3 National Certificates in the Building and Civil Engineering programme covers all the trades in Building and Civil-related industries.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

The holder of a National N1 – N3 Certificate in Building and Civil Engineering will be able to take up employment in one of the following fields in construction.

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Wood machinist and joinery
  • Specialised field in the industry (roofing, tiling, glazing, cabinetmaking, waterproofing, trainee draughtsperson)
  • Civils
  • Road and Stormwater drainage

What will I be able to do?

  • Take up a position as an apprentice or student technician to gain the necessary industrial experience to be able to do a trade test.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • In any Building and Civil-related industry.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level in N3 of this course will enable you to continue studying the N4 – N6 Certificates and ultimately obtain the National N-Diploma. Alternatively the N4 Certificate with Mathematics and Engineering Science also gives access to enter Higher Education at a University of Technology should you meet the entry requirements for that institution.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

N1 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Building Drawing
  • Engineering or Building Science
  • A trade subject – select one of the following: Woodworkers/Plumbing/Bricklaying/Painting Theory

N2 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Building Drawing or Engineering drawing
  • Engineering or Building Science
  • A trade subject – select one of the following: Woodworkers/Plumbing/Bricklaying/Painting Theory (continue from your selection at N1 level)

N3 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Building Drawing or Engineering drawing
  • Engineering or Building Science
  • Building and Civil Technology

All examinations are external (national).

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • N1: Minimum of Grade 9 with Mathematics above 50%
  • N2: N1 or equivalent
  • N3: N2 or equivalent

How do I get an apprenticeship to allow me entry into this course?

  • You must be registered as an apprentice with a company.

Duration

  • Each level is one trimester (12 weeks)

(Part-time – depends on student demand. Correspondence is also an option)


NATIONAL N-DIPLOMA: BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING (INCLUDES N4 – N6 CERTIFICATES)

This course consists of an N4 Certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate. After completing the N6 Certificate students need to submit proof of 24 months experience in industry/practical before they can qualify for the National N-Diploma.

This qualification will enable students to enter the Building and Construction industry in the capacity of supervisor or foreman.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

You will be qualified as a technician in the Building and Civil Industry.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Architectural Industry
  • Building Construction
  • Building Industry and related trades
  • Civil Engineering
  • Local Government (Municipalities)
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Road Construction
  • Structural Surveying Companies

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Once you have obtained your National N-Diploma you will be fully qualified as a Technician in the Building and Civil industry. This will equip you to work at any organisation within the industry that requires a technician or artisan with your qualifications. You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level upon completion of your National N-Diploma will enable you to continue studying at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology or a University.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N4

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Administration

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N5

  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N6

  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • To enter N4 – Grade 12 with 4 appropriate subjects, above 40%, N3 or equivalent qualification with appropriate subjects
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

Duration

  • 12 weeks per level plus 2 years practical experience in the Building industry
  • Enrolment in January, May or September

(Part-time – on demand. Correspondence is also an option)


NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DRAWING OFFICE PRACTICE: N4 & N5

The National Certificate in Multi-Disciplinary Drawing Office Practice: N4 & N5 course covers Architectural, Mechanical, Structural Steel Detailing, Technical Illustrations and Computer Aided Draughting Programs (AutoCAD and Caddie). This course integrates academic knowledge and theory with practical skills and values.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

Draughtsperson

What will I be able to do?

  • Draughtsperson for Building and/or Structural Steel-related organisations.
  • Draughtsperson for Mechanical-related organisations.
  • Entrepreneur (self-employment or private enterprise) within the Building and/or Civil Engineering industry.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Architectural Industry
  • Building Industry
  • Construction Industry
  • Eskom
  • Local Government (Municipalities)
  • Mechanical Engineering companies

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

This course will equip you to work in any organisation that requires a draughtsperson for further or specialised training. You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

TRIMESTER 1: DRAWING OFFICE ORIENTATION

  • Mechanical & Drawing Office Orientation
  • Computer Aided Draughting (AutoCAD 2D)
  • Pictorial Draughting

 

TRIMESTER 2: DRAWING OFFICE N4

  • General Draughting
  • Mechanical Draughting
  • Building Draughting

 

TRIMESTER 3: DRAWING OFFICE N5

  • Structural Steel Detailing
  • Technical Illustration
  • Electrical Draughting

 

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • N3 or Grade 12

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • English

Duration

  • 1 year full-time (Part time and Correspondence options also available)

NATIONAL CERTIFICATES N1 – N3: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

The N1 to N3 National Certificates in the Electrical Engineering programme cover heavy current as well as light current. Heavy current includes the distribution of electricity, domestic wiring, civil and industrial industries. Light current includes fields such as digital electronics and industrial electronics.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

The holder of a National N1 – N3 Certificate in Electrical Engineering will be able to take up employment in one of the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering & Construction
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Process Control
  • Digital Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial Electronic Engineering
  • NOTE! Millwrights need both mechanical & electrical subjects

What will I be able to do?

  • Take up a position as an apprentice or student technician to gain the necessary industrial experience to be able to do a trade test.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Any industry or organisation that requires a person with electrical qualifications and skills obtained through studying N1 – N3: Electrical Engineering.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level in N3 of this course will enable you to continue studying in an electrical engineering-related field of study. This can be done by studying towards a specific electrical engineering qualification at a TVET College or an institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

N1 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical Trade Theory
  • Engineering Drawing

N2 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Engineering Science or Logic Systems
  • Electrical Trade Theory
  • Engineering Drawing

N3 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Engineering Science or Logic Systems
  • Electrical Trade Theory or Electrotechnology
  • Engineering Drawing

All examinations are external (nationally moderated).

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • N1: Minimum of Grade 9 with Mathematics above 60%
  • N2: N1 or equivalent
  • N3: N2 or equivalent

How do I get an apprenticeship to allow me entry into this course?

  • You must be registered as an apprentice with a company.

Duration

  • Each level is one trimester (12 weeks)

Part-time – Only offered when sufficient students register (correspondence is also an option)


NATIONAL N-DIPLOMA: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (INCLUDES N4 – N6 CERTIFICATES)

CAREER VIDEOS

The National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering is a three year post-matric qualification consisting of a theoretical part (N4 – N6) and two years industry experience in the Electrical Engineering field. The N4 – N6 Certificate Programmes are post-matric National Certificates leading towards obtaining a National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering. Each certificate is a qualification on its own and is offered over a period of 3 months.

These certificate programmes differ from the NC(V) course in that there is no practical component included in this course.

Career Options

What qualification will I obtain once I’ve completed this course?

  • You will obtain a National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • In the electrical industry or any other industry or organisation that requires the qualification, knowledge and skills obtained by studying towards the National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Once you have obtained your National N-Diploma, you will be equipped to work at any organisation within the industry that requires your qualifications. You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level upon completion of your National N-Diploma will enable you to continue studying at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology or a University.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

  • The National N-Diploma consists of a 1 year theoretical component (N4 – N6) as well as an industrial practical component of 2 years.
  • 12 subjects from N4 – N6 make up the theoretical component
    • Communication Electronics (Light Current) – this subject is only available through the Distance Learning option
    • Digital Electronics
    • Electrotechnics (Heavy Current)
    • Industrial Electronics
    • Mathematics

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply for a National N-Diploma?

  • To enter N4 – N3 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English

Duration

  • 12 weeks per certificate full-time
  • 2 years practical experience within industry in the Electrical Engineering field

(Part-time – Available as well as correspondence)

All students take note that if the student wants to do the GCC then all must take 6 subjects per level and then LAW sunject.

A trade must also be completed and/or relevant practical training.

Also for Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical subjects must be done