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The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1944 with three engineering departments of which Mechanical Engineering was one.


In 2006 the name of the Department changed to that of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, because the department is the home of the Mechatronics programme since 2001.


One of history's greatest shipwrecks found 106 years later

A special thanks to our workshop


The SA Agulhas II (SAAII) reached her waypoint at the ice edge of the Weddell Sea on 14 Feb from where the attack on the Endurance wreck site was decided.

In the calmer seas, scientists could erect the support structure to mount an EM device outboard of the hull (Look at the orange system that is hanging over the sea surface). The device from Alfred Wegener Institute weighs about 100 kg and was suspended 6 meters beyond the bow shoulder of the ship. Measurements from this device allowed scientists to determine the combined thickness of the ice and snow on the sea surface as the ship navigated through. The mounting structure was purposely built at Stellenbosch University through the engineering effort of Jaco Laas and Ben Steyn with outstanding support from the Mechanical Workshop at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. "We have only been able to rig this device thanks to the practical input and "can-do" attitude of the workshop team under the leadership of Mr Cobus Zietsman. It makes me extremely proud to deliver this quality structure to the science effort where everything works the first time." said Prof Annie Bekker who is the principle investigator for the science effort of Stellenbosch University.

Industry Open Day 2022

10 June - Sandton, Gauteng

Teaching and Learning - ARTLA: ​​Augmented Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Our teaching and learning commenced online from Monday, 20 April 2020, via SUNLearn. Updates and communiques regarding how the Covid-19 pandemic and isolation measures may affect studies can be obtained by following our SU social media links or the Covid-19 SU webpage

We are following detailed information and decisions by SU’s Institutional Committee for Business Continuity (ICBC) here and the  Augmented Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment






Are you interested in science and technology? Are you innovative and self-motivated? Do you have an above average mathematics aptitude and are you a strong rational thinker? These qualities are ideal if you want to choose Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering as a career.

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field's involvement in structures, motion and transfer of energy.

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Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic engineering is a new focus area in engineering that promises to become even more important in the future, both in South Africa as well as internationally. With automation as the current key to productivity, the need for mechatronics (which makes it possible to generate simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems) increases by the day.

Read more about our Mechatronic Engineering programme here...