National Technical Diploma: Engineering

National Diploma: Electrical Engineering

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.

This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).


N4 N5 (Any 4 of the subjects below) N6 (Any 4 of the subjects below)
Electro-technics Electro-technics Electro-technics
Industrial Electronics Industrial Electronics Industrial Electronics
Engineering Science Engineering Physics Engineering Physics
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
Power Machines Control Systems
·        General theory of Control Systems
·        Practical Control Systems
Power Machines

National Diploma: Industrial Instrumentation

This stream places emphasis on the use of industry related techniques and tools such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), classic and modern control strategies and industry-standard software development tools in order to bring a level of optimisation and efficiency to the process at hand. Students have access to modern laboratory or online simulation facilities allowing for the immediate application of theoretical concepts.

An instrument technician will be involved with the practical design, installation and maintenance of electronic digital and pneumatic equipment, control systems and development of procedures for maintenance and problem solving. The calibration of measuring instruments and the optimization of systems can also be part of his/her task. In the engineering team he/she may have to act as a manager in order to give the instructions received from senior personnel, usually engineers, to his/her subordinates, usually artisans and operators.

Career Opportunities

After completion of the theoretical part of the National Certificate, the student will be employed as a learner technician for the period determined by the employer – a minimum of 24 months. After completion of the training period, the student may be appointed as a technician.

Depending on his/her performance and the organizational structure of the company, he/she might be appointed as an instrumentation engineer. Other fields that can also be entered are those of sales engineer at (1) an existing supplier of instrumentation equipment (2) his/her own company as entrepreneur, specializing in sales, maintenance, installation or manufacturing.

Qualifying learners at N6 should be able to find employment in the following manufacturing or refining sectors: Mining, Petrochemical, Marine, Food and Beverage, Chemical Industries, Automotive Industry, Aeronautical/Aerospace Industry.


N4 (Any 4 of the subjects below) N5 N6
Industrial Electronics Industrial Electronics Industrial Electronics
Digital Electronics Digital Electronics Digital Electronics
Industrial Instruments Industrial Instruments Industrial Instruments
Engineering Science Mathematics Mathematics

National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering  

This program is designed to enhance your productivity and employability in the mechanical engineering and energy sector whilst contributing to the quality, production rate and growth of said areas.

This is an occupational-based program that reflects both present and future workplace needs. It will provide graduates the possibility to be employed within the engineering field with the flexibility to pursue different careers in the broader mechanical engineering field.

By completing this course you will have the skills and confidence to effectively:

  • Evaluate and apply essential methods to technical operational systems
  • Analyze and apply acquired knowledge in performing the tasks and solve common problems
  • Gather and analyze relevant information, use data to apply theories and principles within engineering related situations
  • Execute role and responsibilities by being able to summarize, classify, discuss and estimate application processes required through mathematical concepts, technical and schematic diagrams, computer and technology usage in a range of different contexts
  • Communicate with colleagues, clients and members of supervisory/management levels by presenting information reliably and accurately in spoken and written form


N4 (Any 4 of the subjects below) N5 (Any 4 of the subjects below) N6 (Any 4 of the subjects below)
Mechanical Draughting Mechanical Drawing and Design Mechanical Drawing and Design
Machines and Properties of Metals Strength of Materials and Structures Strength of Materials and Structures
Mechano-technics Mechano-technics Mechano-technics
Engineering Science Mathematics Mathematics
Mathematics Power Machines Power Machines
Fluid Mechanics Fluid Mechanics

National Diploma

Electrical Engineering

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Industrial Instrumentation

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National Diploma

Mechanical Engineering

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