Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BEng) | NWU

APS Required



4 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • NS(C) with full matriculation exemption
  • Mathematics level 6 (70%+)
  • Physical Sciences level 6 (70%+)
  • Afrikaans OR English as Home OR First
    Additional Language at least level 5 (60%+)
  • Additional entry route: Students with 65%
    in both Mathematics AND Physical Sciences,
    and an APS of 31, may have the opportunity
    to write a test as additional point of entry.
  • Students with 40%+ in both Mathematics
    and Physical Sciences and at least 60% for
    the language of instruction can apply for the
    1-year Xcel bridging programme: https://

Career Prospects

  1. Manufacturing Engineer: Design and improve manufacturing processes and systems to optimize efficiency and productivity. South Africa has a significant manufacturing sector, including automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods industries, offering opportunities for manufacturing engineers to innovate and streamline production processes.
  2. Energy Engineer: Design and maintain energy systems, including traditional power generation plants, renewable energy facilities, and energy-efficient technologies. With South Africa’s focus on energy security and sustainability, energy engineers play a vital role in advancing the country’s energy infrastructure.
  3. Mining Engineer: Plan and oversee mining operations, including extraction, processing, and transportation of minerals and resources. Mining is a cornerstone of South Africa’s economy, and mining engineers are essential for ensuring safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible mining practices.
  4. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Engineer: Design heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for buildings and industrial facilities. HVAC engineers contribute to creating comfortable and energy-efficient indoor environments, which is crucial in South Africa’s diverse climate conditions.
  5. Automotive Engineer: Design and develop vehicles, components, and systems for the automotive industry. South Africa has a growing automotive manufacturing sector, offering opportunities for automotive engineers to work in areas such as vehicle design, testing, and production.
  6. Aerospace Engineer: Design and test aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems. While South Africa’s aerospace industry is relatively small compared to other countries, there are opportunities for aerospace engineers in research institutions, defense contractors, and international aerospace companies with operations in the country.
  7. Consulting Engineer: Provide engineering expertise and advice to businesses, governments, and organizations on various projects and initiatives. Consulting engineers work on a wide range of projects, from infrastructure development to environmental sustainability, contributing to economic growth and social progress in South Africa.
  8. Project Manager: Oversee engineering projects from initiation to completion, including planning, budgeting, and coordination of resources. Project managers play a crucial role in delivering infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, and buildings, as well as industrial projects in sectors like mining and manufacturing.
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