Berea Technical College

Empowering the nation through education

Engineering

COURSE OVERVIEW

Engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to real world problems. Engineers develop creative, practical solutions that make a difference in our everyday lives.

Engineers are shaping the future by applying their skills to almost everything you can think of: from medicine to renewable energy, food technologies to sustainable mining. An engineer creates designs for and develops and maintains different types of machinery – large or small. An engineer comes up with various ways to advance products through the use of new material and the development of new technology as well. This can be done through the use of computers, schematics or blueprint reports as well as technical drawings. Engineers use computers extensively to produce and analyse designs, to simulate and test how a machine, structure or system operates, to generate specifications for parts, to monitor the quality of products, and to control the efficiency of processes. Engineers create, improve and protect the environment in which we live.

They plan, design and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, bridges, harbours, dams, irrigation projects, power plants, and water and sewerage systems. Engineers develop alternative power sources for mankind and also design and troubleshoot processes for the production of chemicals, fuels, foods and pharmaceuticals. Engineers change the world.

CIVIL N1-N2 (BRICKLAYER)

A bricklayer builds walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, steps, free-standing piers, arches and all other structures made up of brick, concrete block or masonry materials. They may specialise in one type of masonry material such as fire brick or cinder block work. They are responsible for building the outer and inner walls of buildings. They can repair walls, make partitions, build fireplaces and other brick structures, etc. Experienced bricklayers can also build arches, steps and other more complicated constructions.

CAREER FIELDS

A bricklayer can be employed in the following fields:

  • Construction
  • Buildings and other support services
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate: Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Bricklaying and Plastering
Theory
Engineering Science
Building Drawing
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB

Admission requirements N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive an N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progress to the N3- N4 qualification

CIVIL N1-N2 (PLUMBER)

A plumber installs water, sanitation, drainage and heating pipes for houses and industrial sites. A plumber’s tasks include natural and manufactured gas and compressed air pipe installations in homes, factories and other buildings. Plumbers install and maintain numerous types of piping systems found in residential and commercial properties, power plants, water treatment facilities, waste disposal plants and factories.

CAREER FIELDS

A plumber can be employed in the following industries:

  • Factory plumbing
  • Business plumbing
  • Home plumbing
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Plumbing Theory
Engineering Science
Building Drawing
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB

Admission requirements N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive an N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3- N4 qualification

NATIONAL ‘N’ DIPLOMA CIVIL ENGINEERING

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

CAREER FIELDS

A civil engineer is employed in the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Water and public health
  • Rail
  • Surveying
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Building and Civil Technology
Engineering Science
Building Drawing
N3
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Quantity Surveying
Building and Structural Construction
Building Admin
N4
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Building and Structural Construction
Building Admin
Quantity Surveying
N5
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Building and Structural Construction
Building Admin
Quantity Surveying
N6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Admission requirements
N3

National Senior Certificate with English, Maths, Physical Science/Mechanical Tech/Civil or any other technical related subject or N2 Certificate.

N4

National Senior Certificate with 40% Maths, Physical Science/ N3 Certificate.

Successful completion will allow learners to articulate to most Universities of Technology (UOTs) with a proviso that they obtain at least 50% in each subject.

The minimum duration to satisfy the requirements of the National ‘N’ Diploma is two years of theory and 24 months of work integrated learning (WIL).

MECHANICAL TRADE N1-N2 (MOTOR)

Automotive mechanics work on the mechanical parts of motor vehicles, including the engine, transmission and suspension systems. They fix, maintain, reassemble, restore and overhaul these components and also talk to the vehicle’s owner about issues they may be experiencing. Common tasks might include the testing and repairing of electrical lighting systems, the replacement of damaged parts in the engine, or the inspection of vehicles in order to render them safe for the road.

CAREER FIELDS

A motor mechanic can be employed in the following fields:

  • Service stations
  • Vehicle dealerships or for public authorities such as local governments or defence
  • Transport firms, organisations with fleets of vehicles that need to be maintained or for themselves in their own businesses
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Civil Engineering
Mathematics
Motor Trade Theory
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive an N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3-N4 qualification.

MECHANICAL TRADE N1-N2 (FITTER AND TURNER)

Fitters and turners are highly skilled crafts people who manufacture, construct, assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles, installations and other apparatuses or articles. Fitter and turners are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of such equipment. Fitter and turners set up machinery to manufacture engineering products, repair or replace components, install and maintain plants and machinery, including the assembly of crossings and switch and stock rail units and construction and commissioning work.

CAREER FIELDS

A fitter and turner can be employed in the following industries or fields:

  • Machining industry
  • Mines
  • Steel plants
  • Industrial plants
  • Shipyards
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Fitting and Machine Theory
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive an N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3-N4 qualification.

WELDING TRADE N1-N2

Welders shape, join and repair metal parts for use in machinery and other metal products and structures. They use a range of welding processes to apply heat or electrical current to metal parts to join them together. Welders also inspect materials or structures that need welding, monitor the process of welding as a caution for overheating, and maintain welding machinery and equipment they work with. Welders play a key role in the manufacturing process. Their work varies from repair and maintenance welding, to construction and fabrication.

CAREER FIELDS

Welders can work in the following industries:

  • Motor manufacturing industry
  • Electricity supply
  • Metal industries
  • Gate and fence industry and self-employment
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Welders Theory
Engineering Drawing
Engineering Science
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive a N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3-N4 qualification.

NATIONAL ‘N’ DIPLOMA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
The mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers and machinery.

CAREER FIELDS

A mechanical engineer is employed in the following industries:

  • Production
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Petroleum
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Mechano-technology
Engineering Drawing
N3
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Mechano-technics
Mechanical Draughting
N4
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Design
Mechano-technics
Power Machines
N5
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Design
Mechano-technics
Power Machines
N6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Admission requirements
N3

National Senior Certificate with English, Maths, Physical Science/Mechanical Tech/Civil or any other technical related subject or N2 Certificate.

N4

National Senior Certificate with 40% Maths, Physical Science/ N3 Certificate.

Successful completion will allow learners to articulate to most UOTs with a proviso that they obtain at least 50% in each subject.

The minimum duration to satisfy the requirements of the National ‘N’ Diploma is two years of theory and 24 months of work integrated learning (WIL).

ELECTRICAL N1-N2 (HEAVY CURRENT)

Electrical engineering is often associated with power generation and distribution of power. Power generation involves the generation of electrical power from a variety of sources: hydro-electrical, thermal coal power, nuclear, as well as renewable sources of power such as solar and wind power. Distribution involves transmission lines and sub-stations that are used to distribute electrical energy for power, heating, lighting and other uses.

CAREER FIELDS

An electrical engineer is employed in the following fields:

  • Power stations
  • Field service
  • Maintenance
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering
Mathematics
Industrial Electronics
Engineering Science
Electrical Trade Theory
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive a N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3-N4 qualification.

ELECTRICAL N1-N2 (INSTRUMENTATION)

Instrumentation engineering is a specialisation on the principle and operation of measuring instruments used in design and configuration of automated systems in electrical, pneumatic domains, etc. The discipline of Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering deals with the design of devices to measure physical quantities such as pressure, flow and temperature. It focuses on the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism.

CAREER FIELDS

A instrumentation engineer is employed in the following industries:

  • Thermal power plants
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Software and hardware sectors
  • Power installation
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate: Electrical Instrumentation Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Instrumentation
Mathematics
Industrial Electronics
Logics
Instrument Trade Theory
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive a N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to the N3-N4 qualification.

NATIONAL ‘N’ DIPLOMA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING LIGHT CURRENT/INSTRUMENTATION

The field of electronics (light current) includes telecommunications, radio and television, radar, computers, electronic control systems and industrial electronic systems, especially computer-supported equipment. Instrumentation engineering is a specialisation on the principle and operation of measuring instruments used in the design and configuration of automated systems in electrical and pneumatic domains.

CAREER FIELDS

Instrumentation and electronic engineers are employed in the following industries:

  • Software and hardware sectors
  • Power installations
  • Semi-conductor and other electronic component manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Navigational, measuring and control instrument manufacturing
  • Digital technology
  • Electronic equipment manufacturers
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
Mathematics
Industrial Electronics
Logics
Electro-technology/Instrument
Trade Theory
N3
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
Mathematics
Digital Electronics
Electro-technics/Instruments
Industrial Electronics
N4
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
Mathematics
Digital Electronics
Industrial Electronics
Electro-technics/Instruments
N5
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
Mathematics
Digital Electronics
Industrial Electronics
Electro-technics/Instruments
N6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Admission requirements
N3

National Senior Certificate with English, Maths, Physical Science/Mechanical Tech/Civil or any other technical related subject or N2 Certificate.

N4

National Senior Certificate with 40% Maths, Physical Science/ N3 Certificate.

Successful completion will allow learners to articulate to most UOTs with a proviso that they obtain at least 50% in each subject.

The minimum duration to satisfy the requirements of the National ‘N’ Diploma is two years of theory and 24 months of work integrated learning (WIL).

NATIONAL ‘N’ DIPLOMA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (HEAVY CURRENT)

Electrical engineering is often associated with power generation and distribution of power. Power generation involves the generation of electrical power from a variety of sources: hydro-electrical, thermal coal power, nuclear, as well as renewable sources of power such as solar and wind power. Distribution involves transmission lines and substations that are used to distribute electrical energy for power, heating, lighting and other uses.

CAREER FIELDS

An electrical engineer is employed in the following fields:

  • Power stations
  • Field service
  • Maintenance
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Engineering: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Logics
Electro-technology
Industrial Electronics
N3
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Engineering: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Electro-technics
Industrial Electronics
N4
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Engineering: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
Mathematics
Power Machines
Electro-technics
Industrial Electronics
N5
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Engineering: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
Mathematics
Power Machines
Electro-technics
Industrial Electronics
N6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Admission requirements
N3

National Senior Certificate with English, Maths, Physical Science/Mechanical Tech/Civil or any other technical related subject or N2 Certificate.

N4

National Senior Certificate with 40% Maths, Physical Science/ N3 Certificate.

Successful completion will allow learners to articulate to most UOTs with a proviso that they obtain at least 50% in each subject.

The minimum duration to satisfy the requirements of the National ‘N’ Diploma is two years of theory and 24 months of work integrated learning (WIL).

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING N1-N2 (Water and Waste Water Treatment Practice )

Water and waste water treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or waste water. Waste water treatment plant operators control, monitor, and maintain the equipment and treatment processes in waste water (sewage) treatment plants. They remove or neutralise the chemicals, solid materials and organisms in waste water so that the water is not polluted when it is returned to the environment. Water and waste water treatment plant operators run the equipment and control the processes that clean and treat water and waste water at treatment plants.

CAREER FIELDS
  • Waste water treatment
  • Environmental compliance
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Industrial pre-treatment
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Engineering Drawing
FLC Communication
N1
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Plant Operations Theory
Engineering Science
Waste Water Treatment
N2

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and IEB.

Admission requirements
N1-N2

Grade 10, 11, 12 with no Mathematics and Physical Science.

Course duration

The duration of the course is one year of theoretical studies.

Promotion

On successful completion, the learner will receive a N1, N2, FLC Communication certificate and this will allow progression to N3-N4 qualification.

NATIONAL ‘N’ DIPLOMA CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with chemical production and the manufacture of products through chemical processes. This includes designing equipment, systems and processes for refining raw materials and for mixing, compounding and processing chemicals to make valuable products. The main role of chemical engineers is to design and troubleshoot processes for the production of chemicals, fuels, foods, pharmaceuticals, and biological processes.

CAREER FIELDS
  • Manufacturing
  • Pulp and paper
  • Petrochemicals
  • Biotechnology
  • Food processing
TITLE CURRICULUM/COURSE OUTCOMES LEVEL
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Plant Operation Theory
Supervision in Industry
N3
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Science
Chemical Plant Operation
Chemistry (Annual)
N4 N4
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Physics
Chemistry
Chemical Plant Operations
N5
National ‘N’ Certificate:
Chemical Engineering
Mathematics
Engineering Physics
Chemical Plant Operations
Chemical Technology
N6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,DURATION AND NOTES

All examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Admission requirements
N3

National Senior Certificate with English, Maths, Physical Science/Mechanical Tech/Civil or any other technical related subject or N2 Certificate.

N4

National Senior Certificate with 40% Maths, Physical Science/ N3 Certificate.

Successful completion will allow learners to articulate to most UOTs with a proviso that they obtain at least 50% in each subject.

The minimum duration to satisfy the requirements of the National ‘N’ Diploma is two years of theory and 24 months of work integrated learning (WIL).