Engineering & Related Design


What is the National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) programme?

The National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) is a programme at each of Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the NQF. This programme is designed to provide both the theory and practice of Engineering & Related Design. The practical component of study will be offered in a real workplace or in a simulated workplace environment. It will provide students with an opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study.

What are the minimum entry requirements to the programme?

For entry into the National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) at NQF Level 2, you require:

  • A year end school report for grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 certificate; or
  • An NQF Level 1 qualification; or
  • An approved bridging programme designed for the specific purpose to access NQF Level 2; or
  • A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to meet the basic requirements for access to NQF Level 2.

How long is the qualification?

The National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) programme is a full year programme at each of the NQF levels of study. A student is issued with a certificate on the successful completion of study, that is Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4.

Which subjects make up a National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design)?

In order to obtain a National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design), a student is required to take a total of 7 subjects. These include 3 fundamental subjects and 4 vocational subjects.

Which are the fundamental subjects?

The 3 fundamental subjects are:

  • First additional language - which must be the language of teaching and learning;
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy; and
  • Life Orientation.

What are the Vocational subjects in Engineering & Related Design?

The vocational subjects includes:

  • Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Practice and Maintenance
  • Engineering Processes and Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Systems, Graphic and Design
  • Applied Engineering Technology
  • Fitting and Turning
  • Engineering Fabrication (Boilermaking, Sheet Metal Work)
  • Automotive Repair and Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning

What vocational activities would this give you access to?

The holder of the National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) will be able to:

  • Participate in the design and building of buildings
  • Manufacture tools, machines and engines
  • Plan and build roads, bridges, canals and dams
  • Operate and maintain machines
  • Plan and maintain mines and mining facilities
  • Design shaft and ventilation systems

What career opportunities do I have after completing the National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design)?

The National Certificate (Engineering & Related Design) provides an opportunity to access careers in any one of the sectors listed below:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geology
  • Coal Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Metallurgy
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Car Manufacturing
  • Architectural Technology
  • Welding
  • Tool Making
  • Building Management
  • Automotive Repairing
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Refrigeration
  • Air-conditioning
  • Panel Beating