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Electrical Engineering

Students at work in the Digital Systems LaboratoryThe mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to support the mission of the NMMU, to expand the frontiers of knowledge by providing learning and research to internationally recognised standards in support of its community, by way of quality education and training for Electrical Engineering students using the services of the professional lecturing staff supported by state-of-the-art technology.

Electronic and electrical engineering offer various career possibilities for qualified individuals.They can either practice from home or be actively involved in the following activities and/or industries:

  • the supply and distribution of electricity i.e. hydro-electric, coal-fired and nuclear schemes
  • basic industries like steel, mining, chemical and petrochemical;
  • manufacturing and related industries like anti-pollution equipment, automatic control systems, medical equipment manufacture and mass production
  • measurement process engineering control
  • medical x-rays, ultrasonic scanners, electrocardiograph equipment and magnetic resonance imaging
  • microprocessors, personal and main-frame computers;
  • aviation electronics;
  • specification development/technical administration and management
  • technical training and education
  • computer industry i.e. fabrication, design and modification
  • microprocessor control of industrial systems
  • electronic systems used in steel works, refineries and large chemical plants
  • manufacturing or electronic components and equipment
  • air, sea and rail transport systems where electronic control or monitoring is involved
  • transmission and receiving of electronic signals
  • television and radiocommunication via satellite, microwaves, closed circuit television and fiber optic links
  • military radar, communications and related operations.

Many engineers, technologists and technicians also occupy management positions where they control the activities of individuals who are involved with technical engineering work.