Top 10 Engineering Courses in South Africa |


Course Fees : R-0.02 to R46000

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.

200 course(s) offered by 53 institutes in South Africa
Showing Courses 1 - 10

Tshwane University of Technology TUT Logo

Diploma In Industrial Design

Broadens design experiences required for mass-produced products. Use of materials. Manufacturing processes, business constraints and electronic design applications are developed. Interaction with industry is encouraged.

Institute by Tshwane University of Technology TUT [ Claim Listing ]
Tshawne City College Logo

National Diploma Civil Engineering (N1)

A civil engineer is responsible for planning, design, maintenance, monitoring, evaluation and management of construction projects. These projects are concerned with the construction of multi-storey building, roads, bridges, airports, harbour, sport stadia and water and sewerage purification plants.

Institute by Tshawne City College [ Claim Listing ]
Prospen Learning Logo

Mechanical Engineering For Non-mechanical Engineers

This course provides non-mechanical engineers and other professionals with an introduction to the core subject areas of mechanical engineers

Institute by Prospen Learning [ Claim Listing ]

Olifantsfontein Trade Test Training Logo

Red Seal Trade Test Preparation Course & Trade Tests

Our private QCTO Accredited Trade Test Preparation Center and Trade Test Center offer 3 weeks or 7 weekends preparation, the ARPL assessment and your 2 Day Trade Test, all done at our QCTO Accredited Trade Test Center.

Institute by Olifantsfontein Trade Test Training
  • Price
  • Duration
SM Training Logo


Based on SAQA's Unit Standard 12903

Institute by SM Training
Taal-Net Group Logo


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

Institute by Taal-Net Group [ Claim Listing ]
College of Cape Town Logo

Building & Civil Engineering National Certificates N1-N3

The National Certificates N1 to N3 in the Building and Civil Engineering programme cover all the trades in Building and Civil Engineering related industries.

Institute by College of Cape Town [ Claim Listing ]

Nkangala TVET College Logo

The National Certificate (Civil Engineering and Building Construction)

This programme is designed to provide both the theory and practical of Electrical Infrastructure Construction.

Institute by Nkangala TVET College [ Claim Listing ]