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    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.

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

     

    Engineering Courses

     

    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.

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

     

    Engineering Courses at Oxbridge Academy

     

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

    Download the Engineering brochure here.

    How does studying N1-N3 Engineering at Oxbridge Academy work?

    If you have Grade 10 with Maths and Physical Science, you can start at the N1 level in your chosen field of Engineering Studies, and progress to N3 with Oxbridge Academy. From there, you can decide to pursue further studies in your field at N4 level, all the way up to N6 diploma level. Since the courses at Oxbridge Academy are offered via distance learning, you can also choose to enter the workplace while you are busy studying, so that you can gain some relevant practical experience in your field. If you don’t have Grade 10 with Maths and Physical Science, you will first need to complete the Bridging Certificate to N1 Engineering Studies before you can proceed with the N1 course of your choice.

    Mechanical Engineering

    Motor Mechanic

    Millwright

    Fitting and Turning

    Boilermaker

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    The experience I had was excellent and the course was fun & enjoyable. The service was fast & efficient – good quality in both the product and material. The staff is very professional at all times and very supportive.

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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 job-relevant knowledge and skills by studying your engineering course on a full-time or part-time basis from home.
    • You can develop skills that are in demand in the workplace
    • You can get help from a tutor within 48 hours if you get stuck with your coursework 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.

     

    Please note: The courses available at Oxbridge Academy cover only a small part of the mechanical engineering field. The courses that we offer are focused on millwright work, boilermaking, fitting and turning, and petrol and diesel mechanics.

    Biomedical Engineering

    Please note: Courses in this field of engineering are not offered by Oxbridge Academy

    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

    Please note: Courses in this field of engineering are not offered by Oxbridge Academy

    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, and plastic and textile production.

     

    Civil Engineering

    Please note: Courses in this field of engineering are not offered by Oxbridge Academy

    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

    Please note: Courses in this field of engineering are not offered by Oxbridge Academy

    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.

    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.

    The types of careers you might be able to pursue if you complete your N1 – N3 qualifications in electrical or mechanical engineering, for example, include the following:

    Electrical Engineering

    • Electrical Engineering Technician
    • Installation Technician
    • Telecommunications Technician

    Mechanical Engineering

    • Assembly Technician
    • Boilermaker
    • Fitter and Turner
    • Millwright
    • Motor Mechanic (Diesel or Petrol)
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    Skills needed to work as an engineer

     

    If you want to work as an engineer, you will need to be good 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.

    Ready to develop the skills you need to work in engineering?

    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.

     

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