Engineering Courses - Oxbridge Academy

ENGINEERING COURSES

 

At Oxbridge Academy, we give you the opportunity to study towards national qualifications in either electrical or mechanical engineering.

 

These qualifications will give you the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in either electrical or mechanical engineering (depending on which course you choose to study).

Engineering Courses

 

At Oxbridge Academy, we give you the opportunity to study towards national qualifications in either electrical or mechanical engineering. These qualifications will give you the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in either electrical or mechanical engineering (depending on which course you choose to study).

Engineering Courses at Oxbridge Academy

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Technical Matric

Bridging Courses

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Did you know: The word ‘engineer’ comes from the Latin word ingenium which means ‘cleverness’.

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How you can benefit by studying towards an engineering course at Oxbridge Academy

 

  • You can gain industry-relevant knowledge and skills by studying your engineering course on a part-time basis from home.
  • You can combine your engineering course with two language subjects to complete your Technical Matric.
  • You can get help from a tutor within 48 hours if you get stuck with your course work or assignments.
  • You can choose to pay for your course upfront or in affordable monthly instalments.
  • You can change your course within the first 5 months of registration if you realise that you would rather study a different course.

What is engineering?

Engineering is a broad discipline that combines mathematics and science to identify and solve problems. It involves inventing, designing, building, maintaining and improving structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. As such, engineering affects all aspects of our daily lives.

There are many different types of engineering, including:

 

Electrical Engineering

The field of electrical engineering incorporates almost anything that relates to the generation, transmission or conversion of electrical energy. Electrical engineers may be involved in a wide range of projects, including projects where they work on:

  • Power systems (plants, grids, generators)
  • Electrical circuits (in buildings and technological devices)
  • Communication systems (radio, television, wireless communication systems)

Electrical engineering involves a combination of theoretical and practical work, including tasks such as researching new projects, drawing circuit diagrams, developing project plans, calculating project costs, and implementing or overseeing the implementation of projects.

 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is probably the most diverse field in engineering. It deals with anything that moves – whether it’s machinery, energy, or even the human body. Mechanical engineers learn about a vast variety of topics, and may be involved in areas such as aerospace engineering, thermodynamics, manufacturing, construction, robotics, and the creation of prosthetic devices. As you can see, the mechanical engineering field has so many branches that it is impossible to specialise in all of them.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines the principles of engineering with biology and medical science to improve healthcare and to develop new medical technology. Biomedical engineers may be involved in extensive research projects, as well as in the design and development of medical devices (ranging from small devices such as stethoscopes, pacemakers and prosthetics, to much larger devices such as x-ray machines, heart-lung machines and MRI machines).

 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering requires extensive knowledge of chemistry, and is concerned with the transformation of raw materials into useful products. It plays an important role in some of the following activities: Mineral processing, Food processing, Water treatment, Oil refining , Paper manufacturing, Plastic and textile production.

 

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is one of the oldest forms of engineering, and deals with the built environment (both natural and man-made). Civil engineers are responsible for developing and improving infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, railway lines, buildings, canals, dams, and airport runways.

 

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering includes both software and hardware engineering, and is primarily concerned with the design of digital hardware. This includes integrating software systems and electrical circuits with digital hardware, which means that computer engineers need a sound understanding of electrical engineering.

Careers in engineering

 

Careers in engineering are generally varied, challenging, and intellectually stimulating. Due to the diverse nature and broad scope of engineering, there are many different career options to choose from. Engineers can choose to specialise in a particular field, such as mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, and can also choose to work in either a largely theory-based position or in a more hands-on role.

Some examples of careers in engineering include:

  • Air quality monitoring technician
  • Aircraft engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Building designer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronic drafter
  • Environmental health technician
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical drafter
  • Mining technician
  • Nuclear technologist
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Research scientist
  • Software development manager
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Water treatment specialist

As an engineer, the career path that you choose to follow will depend on a variety of factors, including your skills and qualifications, the availability of jobs in your area, and your personal preferences.

Skills needed to work as an engineer

 

If you want to work as an engineer, you will need to excel at maths and science. You will also need:

  • Creativity
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Communication and report writing skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Logical and analytical thinking skills
  • An eye for detail

In addition to these general skills, you will need to acquire the technical skills that are required for your chosen area of specialisation within the broad field of engineering.

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Glossary:

  • Boilermaker: An engineering technician who assembles, installs, maintains, and repairs boilers and other large containers that hold liquid and gas.
  • Bridging course: A bridging course provides an alternative to Matric for students who want to enter the N1- or N4-level courses at Oxbridge Academy.
  • Fitting and turning: An aspect of mechanical engineering that involves assembling, maintaining, and repairing various types of machinery.
  • Millwright: An engineering technician who installs, maintains, and repairs heavy equipment and machinery.
  • Technical Matric: An N3-level national qualification that offers a more practical alternative to the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).