Top 10 Engineering Courses in South Africa |


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One major dramatic change that the world is seeing today is the fast growth and development of Engineering course in South Africa. Although there is a lot of scope left in its UG education training, still, the rate at which the demand for engineering in South Africa is growing is over the top.


Why you should learn engineering course in South Africa?


Engineering training courses in South Africa are important because of the following bullet points:


1. Multicultural Student Communities

Engineering Universities of South Africa provides an environment that is healthy, and multicultural. They also accept international students with open hands and good scholarships.

2. It can bring home a good salary

It was found out that degrees in engineering, computer science, and math fished out the highest earnings, providing up to R1.7 million for highly qualified engineers who are merely freshers, and up to 2R.7 million per year with people having 10 years’ worth of experience.

3. It provides employability in a varied range of jobs


Engineering can get you a number of job options in various fields. In any organization, engineers are recognized as a highly qualified group.

4. It provides you job satisfaction

When you are an engineer, you start addressing real problems that require immediate attention and start fixing things with your creative mind and logical thinking. 


What is the cost of an engineering course in South Africa?


Before deciding your course and college of interest, it is advisable to go through and tally the cost of these courses. Hence, we have listed the first year UG tuition fees of some of the best colleges in the table below:


University of South Africa

Degree Offered

Tuition Fees (yearly)

University of Johannesburg

Engineering Degree

R34,000 - R43,000

University of Pretoria

B. Engineering Civil Engineering


University of KwaZulu-Natal

B.Sc. Engineering Mechanic


University of the Witwatersrand

BSc Engineering

R40,170 – R48,150 

North West University

B. Engineering


Stellenbosch University

B. Engineering


University of Cape Town

BSc Engineering Civil



What is the average duration of engineering course in South Africa?


The course duration of B. Sc. In Engineering in South Africa is 3 years. Although after their third year, they can still continue for one more year and get an additional honors degree.


What are the most famous engineering universities in South Africa?


The biggest and the most famous engineering institutes in South Africa are:


1. University of Pretoria

2. University of Cape Town

3. University of KwaZulu Natal

4. University of Witwatersrand

5. University of Stellenbosch

6. UNISA (University of South Africa)

7. University of Johannesburg

8. North West University

9. Cape Peninsula University of Technology

10. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

11. Tshwane University of Technology

12. Vaal University of Technology

13. Durban University of Technology


What will I learn by taking engineering course in South Africa?


Most common and famous courses that are offered in engineering in South African institutions are:


  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electronic and Communications Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering


Moreover, getting into an engineering course can help you sharpen a number of skills such as analytical thinking, logical thinking, problem-solving and data analysis, etc. 


What jobs I can get after taking engineering course in South Africa?


Taking up the course of engineering in South Africa makes sure that you are provided with an endless number of options and opportunities. We will go through some of the engineering jobs and other general jobs that help you know about the kind of job you might be interested in after taking engineering training in South Africa.


1. Engineering Specific Jobs:


Qualification (Engineering specific)

Median Salary

Professional Engineer License (P.Eng.)

R722 046

Project Management Professional (PMP)

R660 000

Project Management Certificate

R600 000

Certified Professional Engineer (PE)

R588 114

Industrial Engineering Professional Skills Certification Certification

R551 695

Higher National Diploma (HND), Civil Engineering

R540 000

Mechanical Engineering Certification

R415 884

Certified Chemical Engineer

R360 000

Higher National Diploma (HND), Mechanical Engineering

R312 623

Engineer in Training (EIT)

R301 099


2. General Jobs:


Qualification (General)

Median Salary

Professional Engineer License (P.Eng.)

R602 157

Certified Professional Engineer (PE)

R539 672

Chartered Accountant (CA)

R544 385

Project Management Certificate

R399 329

Business Analysis Certification

R377 117

Engineer in Training (EIT)

R305 576


R244 860

Business Certificate

R240 876

Higher National Diploma (HND)

R214 374

Secondary Teacher Certification (Grade 9-12)

R178 574


Hence as it is clear, engineers are one of the highest-paid members of the South African community. The country is in desperate need of engineers to uplift themselves. Hence, taking up the engineering course in South Africa can end up being quite too beneficiary.

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Trade Test Readiness

If you were found competent in the ARPL assessment and were given the recommendation to proceed with trade test preparation, you will then be able to practice the various trade test tasks to prepare yourself for the actual trade test.

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Introduction to Drones for Sustainable Mining (Blended)

Mining companies are confronted by major challenges, such as declining ore grades, volatility in commodity prices, security risks and safety concerns. Cutting-edge solutions are needed for sustainable operational excellence and technological advances and innovations.

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Arc Welding

Safety protective gear, setting up of a welding machine, adjusting of amperage, setting up workpiece, root, filler, capping run in 1G, 2G, 3G & 4G positions on material thinner than 10mm

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Advanced Instrumentation & Process Control Workshop

Practical aspects based on Management Policy and Budget through Staffing to Equipment , Maintenance management, shut-down planning fault finding tips, FAT, SAT and On Site Commissioning.

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Plumbing course is offered by Alika Training Academy. Our school guarantees you a high standard of education and competitive prices. At Alika Training Academy we pay personal attention to each of our students and make sure that our students are fully satisfied.

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Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies Offers Plumbing Course to all skill levels. At Jeppe College we have leveraged variety of methods that can be utilised to successfully apply and become a student at the college.

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Civil Engineering and Building Construction NC (V) Level 2-4

This qualification is designed to provide both the theory and practice of Civil Engineering and Building Construction. The practical component of study may be offered in a real workplace environment or in a simulated workplace environment.

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National Certificate Construction Plant Operations

This NQF Level 2 qualification comes with '120 Credits' and it is intended for all role-players and stakeholders such as Forestry, Mining, Plant Hire, Civil and Building Construction companies etc.

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Millwright Engineering (N1 - N3) Maintenance work is performed on production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear. Responsibilities are both mechanical and electrical.

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Revit Architecture Essentials

The Autodesk Revit Architecture Essential course teaches you to create a 3D architectural model, including walls, doors, windows, components, floors, ceilings, roofs, and stairs.

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