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Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The shortage of skilled engineers has a widespread effect on South Africa and the African continent at large,
affecting the country’s functioning in the globalised business environment and economy. Upon graduating with
this degree, your skills will be in high demand, making you sought after by potential employers.

You will be well-prepared to enter into the industry upon graduating. Unlike traditional engineering programmes, the
IIE Bachelor of Engineering programme will expose you to the role of engineering in the real world as early as the
first year of the programme. Our programme ensures that you are equipped with first-hand experience of the value that
engineering adds to improving the quality of lives in communities.

This qualification will provide you with the basic skills, knowledge and insights to reach a deeper understanding of
managing the built environment, through the application of the principles learnt throughout the programme.

The programme is offered in two streams; namely the four-year mainstream programme and the five-year extended
programme. The purpose of the extended programme is to offer students the opportunity to complete the first two years
of the mainstream programme over a period of three years. The credit allocation for the first two years of the
programme will therefore be spread over three years and allow the student to make a smooth transition into tertiary

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering programme offered at IIE MSA is accredited by the CHE and is
registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a
level 8 qualification with a total of 600 credits. The SAQA ID of this qualification is 101732.

In addition, this qualification is endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The Engineering
Council of South Africa is the only signatory in Africa to the Washington Accord, therefore allowing for global

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

This IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree is aimed at students who want to understand how
things work, and who look for ways to improve their environment. These students typically enjoy mathematics and
physics, and relish solving all kinds of problems. Engineering students are generally analytical and pay attention to
details. The Mechanical Engineering degree is particularly focused on students who are interested in all kinds of
machines, such as cars, planes, robots, drones, manufacturing and mining machines and many others.

How is this Bachelor’s degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree is a four-year degree, which may also be completed
over five years on the Extended stream. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on
a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually thus changes may
occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level
outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual

What about timetables?

Our full-time programmes are aimed at students wishing to dedicate themselves to full-time face-to-face studies for
the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available throughout the day for
class during the academic year depending on how the timetable is structured. Students may also be required to write
assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class-time.

Students must understand that timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. Unfortunately, we cannot
guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during each year of your studies with us. In addition, where
students are repeating modules, these modules may be offered in the evenings or on weekends. Students are required to
attend classes in order to remain up to date with the academic programme. Students who would like to pursue part-time
employment opportunities outside of the academic programme must prioritise their studies and avoid committing to work
schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the institution.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor’s degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final mark of fifty per cent (50%) for
each module of the programme.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this qualification if they are enrolled on the 4-year mainstream
programme, and a maximum of 10 years to complete the qualification if they are enrolled on the 5?year extended

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree (SAQA ID:

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

The programme prepares graduates to assume engineering positions within private consultation firms, development
laboratories and large and small private enterprises involved with the design, development, production, and marketing
of mechanical systems, subsystems and components of products.

Opportunities may also be available in government and non-profit organisations. Private consulting positions or
creating opportunities in an entrepreneurial role are further options. Through further study, your opportunities may
expand to include registration as a professional engineer, progression toward the Government Certificate of
Competency. Graduates may also choose to pursue a career in academia, either as a discipline-specific lecturer or

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Bachelor
of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree?

The IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education
(CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications
Framework (NQF) at level 8 – the same level as other equivalent professional undergraduate degrees at both private and
public South African institutes of higher education.  The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma
or Masters degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their
specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent
Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration
due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.