Why Study Mechanical Engineering?

The shortage of skilled mechanical 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. Studying Mechanical Engineering will give you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that are in high demand, making you sought after by many potential employers. There is also significant demand for Mechanical Engineers in most countries around the world. The programme will open opportunities for you to work all over the world.

You will be well-prepared to enter into the industry upon graduating, as, unlike traditional Engineering programmes, the IIE degree programme offered at IIE MSA will expose you to the role of Engineering in the real world as early as the first year of the programme. Our Mechanical Engineering degree 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 in the tertiary phase.

To study Mechanical Engineering you can enrol for the IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering offered at IIE MSA. If direct access to this degree is not possible, you can explore entry through the five-year Extended Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering or the Foundation Programme Engineering.

Engineering Affiliations

The programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The outcomes of the mechanical engineering degree are aligned to the Washington Accord, which allows for global recognition.

What are My Career Outcomes?

Completing the IIE Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering will prepare you for Engineering positions in private consultation firms, in development laboratories and in large and small private enterprises. You can be involved in the design, development, production, maintenance and marketing of Mechanical systems, subsystems and components.

Opportunities may also be available in government and non-profit organisations. Private consulting positions or creating opportunities in an entrepreneurial role are further options. You may also choose to pursue a career in academia, which would include both research and teaching in various areas of specialisation.

There are many sub-disciplines in Mechanical Engineering that you could specialise in. Some examples include:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Water Supply
  • Traditional, renewable and nuclear energy