Welcome to Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Welcome to our Department. We invite you to share in the exciting opportunities that we have to offer. Please contact us if you have any queries.

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. Have a look at some of our past awards.

Welcome to our Department. We invite you to share in the exciting opportunities that we have to offer. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Greetings and a warm welcome from our Departmental Chair, Prof Johan Van der Spuy

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Mechanical vs Mechatronic Engineering

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

Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field’s involvement in structures, motion and transfer of energy. Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, development, production and marketing of, for example, machines and machine elements, vehicles, aeroplanes, vessels, missiles, cooling systems, cooling towers and engines.

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.


Available modules

Most of the modules will be offered as block modules. Some modules will be offered as 2 compulsory blocks and some modules as 1 block. Please view the module schedule carefully.

Fields of research

Biomedical Engineering

Computational Engineering

Energy & The Environment

Mechatronics, Automation & Design

Solid Mechanics

News & media

News and information relevant to the Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering departments and prospective students.
In the Spotlight - Boitumelo Ramatsetse, Academic and member of the NPC in the Office of the Presidency

In this interview we get to know Dr Boitumelo Ramatsetse better. We get to know…

STERG – Brainstorming and problem-solving across borders.

This year our postgraduate course Solar Thermal Energy Systems (STES) took on a new and exciting format…

Fama Jallow, phenomenal international postgraduate student tells us why she chose Stellenbosch University

In June we celebrate International Women in Engineering Day. The day was created by the Women’s…

In the Spotlight - Johan van der Spuy, chairman, colleague and friend

As a young boy Johan grew up all over South Africa. He received the most…

In the Spotlight - Ferdi Zietsman

Teamleader and legend in the M&M workshop The mechanical workshop is an environment of high…

In the Spotlight - Kevin Neaves

I’m Kevin Neaves, Chief Technical Officer at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. One…