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Electrical Engineering

About us

The Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering presses on towards continued success under the leadership of Prof Lukas W. Snyman. It commands a high level of superior training and tuition as stipulated by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s vision and is competitively equipped to empower and take on the dynamic challenges of today within the scientific realm.

What is Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is an exciting and dynamic field. Electrical engineering Technicians and Technologists are responsible for the generation, transfer and conversion of electrical power, while electronic Technicians and Technologists are concerned with the transfer of information using radio waves, the design of electronic circuits, the design of computer systems and the development of control systems such as aircraft autopilots. These sought-after Technicians and Technologists can look forward to a rewarding and respected career. Electrical Technicians and Technologists attend professional seminars and are encouraged to be active in technical societies.

Career Types

The scope of careers in Electrical Engineering is very wide and inexhaustible. However, as an Electrical Engineering Personnel you may be involved in one of the following generic paths:

  • Power Distribution—both primary and secondary distribution
  • Power generation including co-generation and standby systems
  • Lighting design and control, including both interior and exterior lighting
  • Power conditioning and un-interruptible power supplies
  • Telecommunications
  • Security and surveillance
  • Fire alarm designs and remote monitoring
  • Programmable logic controllers for factory automation
  • Power Systems testing, operation, maintenance and protection
  • Technical Sales Engineers, Product Managers and Quality Assurance experts

What is an Electrical Engineering Technician or Technologist?

Electrical Engineering Technician

The technician contributes technical knowledge to the team. He or she converts the technologist’s ideas into workable plans. Although a certain amount of analytical work is required, the technician spends a lot of time examining processes and associated activities on the factory floor. This may entail gathering information about the processes involved or developing and implementing improvements that will increase productivity.

To qualify as a Technician the National Diploma in Electrical Engineering must be obtained. Generally, this qualification is divided into the equivalent of a minimum of four parts full-time study at UNISA and one year of practical training in industry for Work Integrated Learning. To registered as a professional Technician with ECSA, you will require a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution like UNISA, followed by at least an additional two years of practical experience.

Electrical Engineering Technologist

Electrical Engineering Technologist applies problem-solving techniques and innovation in the development, production, testing, commissioning and maintenance of an engineering environment. He/ she must be capable of decision-making at an intellectual level requiring mature judgement and have the ability to conceive, identify and optimize technical solutions.

To qualify as a Technologist, the BTech Degree in Electrical Engineering must be obtained. Generally, this qualification is equivalent of a minimum of two years of full-time study at UNISA. To registered as a professional Technologist with ECSA, you will require a BTech Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution like UNISA, followed by at least an additional three years of practical experience.

The department offers the following tertiary qualifications:

Undergraduate Programmes:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician: National Diploma: Engineering:  Electrical
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist: B Tech: Engineering:  Electrical

Postgraduate Programme:

  • Magister Technologiae (MTech): Engineering: Electrical – Dissertation only.