The NWU’s School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering offers four different undergraduate degrees:
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical and electronic engineers are trained in both the areas of electrical and electronic engineering, with the ability to integrate methods and technologies across disciplines. On the electrical side, the electrical and electronic engineer is trained in the generation, management, distribution, design, manufacturing, application and maintenance of electrical and power generation systems. The programme at the NWU distinguishes itself with a specific focus on the effects of renewable generation on the quality of supply, network stability, and network protection. On the electronic side, the electrical and electronic engineer is trained in control and instrumentation in support of the electrical industry.
Electromechanical engineers bring the principles of electrical and mechanical engineering to the workplace. The main objectives of an electromechanical engineer are to manage and control the behaviour of various energy transfer interfaces, including electrical, mechanical and chemical processes and machinery within an industrial environment. The fundamental electrical and mechanical knowledge will enable the electromechanical engineer to effectively manage a multidisciplinary plant or factory on a practical level, and will assist the engineer to govern health, safety and quality principles in the industrial working environment.
Computer and Electronic Engineering
Computer and electronic engineers make the world a more efficient place by connecting humans and the world we live in to the digital world of computer systems and the internet. They do this using electronics, embedded systems, the skill of programming, and data analytics to enable business decision making and to build the internet of things. Their end-to-end design experience makes computer and electronic engineers highly sought after in industries ranging from telecommunications, process control, and aviation through to the banking sector and software development companies.
Mechatronic engineers develop and support the advanced industrial automation systems of the future that make use of the internet of things. They accomplish this by combining their knowledge of mechanical structures and mechanisms, measurement and actuation, embedded systems and control theory. Their knowledge of computer programming and data analytics allow them to develop intelligent and effective mechatronic systems. Mechatronic engineers will find employment in the process control, automotive, manufacturing and agricultural processing environments.