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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE: N4 NATED ENGINEERING STUDIES (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING) (SAQA ID 66881)

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers play an important role in our society. According to National Scarce Skills List, mechanical engineers are listed as one of the top 10 skills shortage in South Africa. Mechanical engineers are in critical need in industries such as power or energy generation (Eskom), telecommunication, engineering, computing, construction, energy, manufacturing, transport and utilities companies and the armed forces.

 

This part qualification is aimed primarily at giving the learner technical, theoretical knowledge, practical knowledge and workplace knowledge and skills required in their chosen occupational/vocational area.

 

The design of the part qualification is such that if taken sequentially with related N part courses i.e. N4+N5+N6, it enables learners to progressively obtain the National N Diploma once the required practical work component of either 18 months or two years, as required for the specific occupational area, is completed.

Course requirements

 

N3 Engineering Studies National Certificate or Grade 12 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status

SAQA ID 66881 – NQF LEVEL 5

Subjects/Course Modules

Student to choose for

  • Mathematics N4
  • Engineering Science N4
  • Mechanotechnics N4
  • Mechanical Draughting N4
  • Supervisory Management N4

Assessment and Duration

 National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by QCTO. The course takes from 3-6 months or 1-2 trimesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are three trimesters in a year:

  1. Trimester 1: January to April 
  2. Trimester 2: May to August
  3. Trimester 3 September to December

Student must complete 2 internal assessments to contribute towards your term mark (ICASS mark) and must achieve 40% and above to qualify for final exam sitting

Achievement and Award

The following certificate is awarded by QCTO upon successful completion of each level:

  • National N4 Certificate: Engineering Studies