The National Certificate Mechatronics is a Mechatronics qualification at Levels2, 3 and 4 of the NQF. This qualification is designed to provide both theory and practice of Mechatronics.
The practical component of study may be offered in a real workplace.
The national certificate Mechatronics is a full year programme at each of the NQF levels of study. A student is issued with a certificate on the successful completion of each level of study that is Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4.
For entry into the National Certificate Mechatronics at NQF Level 2, you require:
- A year end school report for Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12, or
- An NQF Level 1 qualification, or
- An approved bridging programme designed for the specific purpose to access NQF Level 2, or
- A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to meet the basic requirements for access to NQF Level 2.
In order to obtain a National Mechatronics, students are required to study a total of 7 subjects. These include 3 fundamental subjects and 4 vocational subjects, of which 3 are compulsory and 1 is optional.
The 3 fundamental subjects are:
- Language which must be the language of teaching and learning
- Life Orientation
The vocational subjects in Mechatronics are:
- Introduction to Computers
- Electro technology
- Manual Manufacturing
- Mechatronics Systems
- Stored Programme System
- Machine Manufacturing
- Computer- Integrated Manufacturing
These subjects are offered at each of the different NQF levels of study in the National Certificate Mechatronics qualification.
The National Certificate Mechatronics provides an opportunity to access careers in any of the sectors listed below:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Programmable Logic Control (PLC)
- Computer Numeric Control (CNC)
- Industrial Information Technology