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Exploring careers in Engineering

The first step towards a career in Engineering, is to obtain an Engineering qualification. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering qualification is an Honours equivalent, professional Bachelors degree that extends over four years at the School of Engineering. With eight areas of specialisation, graduates are provided with the option of professional registration and access to numerous career opportunities.

Take a look at the career opportunities that each specialisation has to offer.
Agricultural Engineering   Chemical Engineering    Civil Engineering
agricultural engineering careers    chemical engineering careers   Civil-engineering
Agricultural Engineers apply principles of science and technology to solve problems relating to agriculture, forestry and harvesting, and the post-harvest handling and processing of agricultural products.

They can design such things as agricultural equipment and systems, storage and processing facilities and water-storage and irrigation facilities.

Areas of specialisation in Agricultural Engineering include:
  • Water supply and irrigation
  • Agricultural mechanisation
  • Soil conservation
  • Agricultural buildings and structures
  • Food and fibre processing
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  Chemical Engineers are concerned with the design, construction, and operation of industrial plants in which materials undergo physical and /or chemical change.  

Chemical Engineers may find themselves in any one of the following fields:
  • Research & development
  • Project evaluation & design
  • Project management
  • Production management
  • Consultants
  • General management
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  Civil Engineers plan, design, construct and manage the physical infrastructure and facilities needed for the optimal functioning of human settlements, society and commerce.

Typical examples of Civil Engineering are:
  • Structures: skyscrapers, bridges, power stations, sports stadiums and oil rigs.
  • Transport systems: roads, railways and airports.
  • Water supply systems: dams, reservoirs and water towers. 
  • Marine works: seawalls, harbours and dry docks.
  • Solid and liquid waste disposal: environmental considerations and waste to energy production. 
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Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering
  Land Surveying   Mechanical Engineering
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering careers
   land surveying careers    mechanical engineering careers
Electrical Engineering is concerned with the generation and distribution of power.

Electronic Engineering uses scientific knowledge to create components, devices, systems or equipment that use electricity as a source of power.

Computer Engineering is a further specialisation focusing specifically on the applications of computer technology.

The fields of Electronic and Computer engineering include the following:
  • Artificial intelligence - developing computers that simulate human learning and reasoning ability.
  • Computer architecture - designing new computer instruction sets, and combining electronic or optical components to provide powerful but cost-effective computing.
  • Telecommunications – satellite and telephone signal networks and technology.
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  Land surveyors accurately determine the three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

Our qualification covers geographical information systems (GIS), land information systems (LIS), and global positioning systems (GPS). These subjects are part of a growing science of geomatics. which is the science of disseminating information.

Our graduates are sought after by both private firms of land surveyors, and government departments. Future graduates could be involved in land development and management, geographic information systems, engineering surveys, applied computing and hydrographic surveys. 

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  Mechanical engineers combine sound knowledge of physical and engineering science with ingenuity to create the mechanical devices and systems that are essential to almost every industry and every phase of technology. 

Many of the fields of Mechanical Engineering come together when exciting projects are undertaken, like producing a winning Formula 1 Ferrari or designing a hypersonic passenger spacecraft.

A wide variety of career opportunities are available to mechanical engineers in diverse areas such as manufacturing, transportation; nuclear, solar and fossil fuel energy development and utilisation; mining and earth moving equipment; heating and air-conditioning; air and water pollution control; metals and materials; or in the development of orthopaedic apparatus.

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