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.
Congratulations to the Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering prize winners and Cum Laude students of 2020. The Department was fortunate to have hosted a lunch function at the Wallenberg Research Centre on 1 April 2021 to present the floating trophies and newly made Cum Laude shields. We offer our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their continued support and for each student to receive his /her prize letter electronically this year. Congratulations to our graduates who received their degrees in December 2020 and March 2021 as we applaud them for their dedication and hard work.
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 https://bit.ly/SUcoronavirus
Also see how we have progressed from Emergency Teaching and Learning to 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.
Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field's involvement in structures, motion and transfer of energy.
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.