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School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mechanical Engineering Science

Mechanical engineers design, ma​nufacture and maintain industrial machines and engines. They are involved in a range of products ranging fro​​m spacecraft and air-conditioning systems to automobiles and washers and dryers.

Mechanical engineering technology involves applying scientific and engineering theories to technical areas such as product design and development, production, manufacturing, power and control of machinery, materials, quality control and cost analysis.

Mechanical engineering technicians and technologists are concerned with the methods, materials, machinery and human resources that make up modern industrial environments. They are key in developing new and better design and production methods. They apply physical principles and current technological trends to improve machinery and operation design.

In today's marketplace, most industries require mechanical engineering skills for mechanical design, drafting, product development and testing, and production or technical sales.

Employment can be found in consulting engineering firms, manufacturing or processing plants and government agencies.

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.

Scope of Work​​​

Mechanical Engineers design, manufacture and maintain industrial machines and engines. They are involved in the development of a wide range of products, from spacecraft and air conditioning systems to automobiles and dryers.

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.

Head of Department: Prof Esther Akinlabi

Secretary to the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering Science
Elma Taylor
Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2386
Email: elmat@uj.ac.za

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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology

Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and maintain industrial machines and engines. They are involved in a range of products ranging from spacecraft and air-conditioning systems to automobiles and washers and dryers.

Mechanical engineering technology involves applying scientific and engineering theories to technical areas such as product design and development, production, manufacturing, power and control of machinery, materials, quality control and cost analysis.

Mechanical engineering technicians and technologists are concerned with the methods, materials, machinery and human resources that make up modern industrial environments. They are key in developing new and better design and production methods. They apply physical principles and current technological trends to improve machinery and operation design.

In today's marketplace, most industries require mechanical engineering skills for mechanical design, drafting, product development and testing, and production or technical sales.

Employment can be found in consulting engineering firms, manufacturing or processing plants and government agencies.

Mechanical Engineering Technology involves the applying scientific and engineering theories to technical areas such as product design, development, production and manufacture, power and control of machinery, materials, quality control and cost analysis.

Scope of Work​​​

Mechanical Engineers design, manufacture and maintain industrial machines and engines. They are involved in the development of a wide range of products, from spacecraft and air conditioning systems to automobiles and dryers./p>

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.​

Head of Department: Sam Gqibani​

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Technology

Telephone: +27 (0)11 559 6136
Email: llbolilitye@uj.ac.za​​

Telephone: +27 (0)11 559 6795
Email: samuelg@uj.ac.za

Department of Quality and Operations Management

The Department of Quality and Operations Management was part of the School of Business Management in the former Technikon Witwatersrand. On the formation of the University of Johannesburg on 1stDecember 2005, the Department became part of the Faculty of Management.The Department is focused on the main objectives of the University of Johannesburg and of the Faculty of Management, which are maintaining high academic standards, while embracing change and empowering students to contribute knowledge and skills to the city of Johannesburg and to South Africa.

The development and realization of the Department in its current form was the result of the incorporation of the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University into the Rand Afrikaans University, which took place on 1 January 2004, and the eventual merger of the resulting Rand Afrikaans University and the Technikon Witwatersrand on 1 January 2005, to create the University of Johannesburg. It is noted that the Technikon Witwatersrand, where the Department of Quality and Operations Management was located had a long history. It had been in existence since 1925. The Rand Afrikaans University existed since 1967 and the Vista University since 1982. Currently the University Of Johannesburg (UJ) has five campuses spread over Central Gauteng: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (the main campus), Doornfontein Campus, the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, Soweto Campus and East Rand Campus.

The activities of the Department of Quality and Operations Management (DQOM) are planned to be on the APB and Soweto campuses only in future. With over 40 000 full-time students and 2 700 permanent employees, UJ is one of the largest residential universities in South Africa. It is one of the six comprehensive universities in South Africa offering both formative degree programmes and vocational programmes. DQOM has a total of 1427 students made up of 467 National Diploma in Operations Management students, 362 National Diploma in Management Services students, 236 Extended National Diploma in Operations Management students, 149 Extended National Diploma in Management Services students 106 Bachelor of Technology in Operations Management, 27 Bachelor of Technology in Management Services, 148 Bachelor of Technology in Quality Management and 12 Master of Technology students. At the moment all of its programmes are vocational. It is noted that UJ and by extension, DQOM takes its research component seriously and is committed to intensifying research activities and output.

Our Vision:

The Department of Quality and Operations Management strives to be the centre of excellence in the instruction, art and practice of quality and operations management in Southern Africa. We aim to consist of highly professional individuals, delivering exceptional programmes and services that will result in the development and creation of top achievers. The Department will aim to satisfy all stakeholders in its area of specialisation in South Africa and abroad through its unique and high quality products and services.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Department of Quality and Operations Management is to provide services and products in the form of students to the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa and the world at large in the form, quality and quantities required. It is within this mission that the following are aimed for:

  • To strive for the delivery and provision of state-of-the-art knowledge in Quality and Operations Management to create suitably qualified students for the public sector, commerce and industry.
  • To maintain and enhance academic excellence through advanced research and instruction in Quality and Operations Management.
  • To contribute to the development of the South African commerce and industry through the provision of quality and professional consultancy services and industry based student projects
  • To assist small to medium scale industries to establish sound Quality and Operations Management practice
  • To maintain close and working relations with industry by offering courses satisfying the need and requirements of industry at large.
  • To initiate and improve co-operation with government, Non Governmental Organisations and other institutions promoting Quality and Operations Management for the advancement of the field in the country.
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