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What is Electrical/Electronic Engineering?

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is an exciting and dynamic field. Electrical engineers are responsible for the generation, transfer and conversion of electrical power, while electronic engineers 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 engineers can look forward to a rewarding and respected career. Electrical engineers 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
  • Programmable controllers
  • Lightning protection
  • 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, awarded by UNISA, must be obtained. Generally, this qualification is divided into the equivalent of a minimum of two years full-time study at a tertiary institution and one year of practical training in industry. To qualify as a Registered Technician with ECSA, the technician will require a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution, 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, awarded by UNISA, must be obtained.

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.