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.
Dr Gareth Erfort with good news for South Africa
Using geographic information system methods, Dr Gareth Erfort and student, Gordon Rae, found a possible solution to South Africa's shortage of power woes. Their research contributes towards developing a sustainable future, job creation and if implemented successfully could supply South Africa with electricity eight times more than our current supply. Their report was published in the Journal of Energy in Southern Africa. In their research they identified six suitable regions around our coastline for offshore wind farms.
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.
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