Department of Mechanical Engineering Science

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Programme: Mechanical Engineering Science

Mechanical Engineers play a significant role in product design, manufacture, maintenance, research, control, development, management and marketing of mechanical engineering services. Mechanical Engineering is concerned with a large variety of mechanical equipment varying from small items to large constructions such as aircraft, railways, spacecraft, ships, motorcars and major transport equipment. In South Africa, Mechanical Engineers make a significant contribution in heavy industries, transport services, manufacturing, mining, consulting, research and the commodities industry.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist across fields, however the department places particular emphasis on mechanical engineering skills in relation to key industry sectors such as mining, manufacturing and design.

The “A to Z” of Mechanical Engineering

Employment opportunities that exist within the field of Mechanical Engineering Science:

​Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Contracting Civil Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Mining Engineer
  • Patent Attorney
  • Production Manager
  • Technical Sales Engineer
  • Water Engineer


Head of Department: Prof Tien-Chien Jen
​LinkedIn Profile


  • FEBE Undergraduate Brochure
  • MSc and PhD positions in intelligent Condition Monitoring
  • UJ FEBE Master of Sustainable Energy.pdf
  • Master of Sustainable Energy Programme

Research Staff members