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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.


SolarPaces Task II - National coordinator for South Africa, Prof Craig McGregor

Craig McGregor

Newly elected SolarPaces Task II - National coordinator for South Africa, Prof Craig McGregor. The SolarPaces (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) conference will be held in Alberquerque, New Mexico, 26 - 30 September 2022.

The conference offers a scientific and technical program that provides industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts from all over the world the opportunity to share their insights.

Prof McGregor is an Associate Professor and Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) in our department.

We wish Prof McGregor much success in his task.


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.

Read more about our Undergraduate Programmes here...

Mechanical Engineering

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

Read more about our Mechanical Engineering programme here...

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...