A meticulously designed Mechanical Engineering programme, with comprehensive knowledge at foundation and exit level.

Why Choose the National N Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Programme?

Mechanical Engineering is in demand in South Africa and is one of the broadest areas of engineering, attracting students who are proficient in mathematics and physics. Mechanical Engineers are logical thinkers who thrive on intricate challenges and problem solving. Mechanical engineers are primarily designers who develop, build and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices from tools to engines and machines. They design and construct equipment for all mechanical applications e.g., mining, vehicle manufacturing, and fleet maintenance.

Course Information

You may enter the National N Diploma programme, with any one of the following:


  • N3 Certificate, or
  • A National Senior Certificate with 40% in Mathematics and Physical Science
Learners will receive the following
  • National Certificate N4, N5, N6
  • National N Diploma in Mechanical Engineering on completion of N4-N6 (12 subjects) and 24-months’ of in-service training.

The National N Diploma includes two (2) years of theory and 24-months of in-service training.

All examinations are set and administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The National N Diploma is issued by the DHET.

  • Mechanical Draughtsman – Pay Estimate: +/- R350 000 to R800 000 per year
  • Mechanical Technician – Pay Estimate: +/- R450 000 to R850 000 per year
  • Artisan – Pay Estimate: +/- R250 000 to R550 000 per year
  • Junior Project Manager – Pay Estimate: +/- R180 000 to R350 000 per year
National N4 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Engineering Science, Mechano-technics, Mechanical Draughting N4
National N5 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Mechanical Design, Mechano-technics, Power Machines N5
National N6 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Mechanical Design, Mechano-technics, Power Machines N6

Contact a career consultant on campus or online, who will take you through the affordable National N Diploma in Mechanical Engineering pricing structure and explain our flexible payment options.

Customised study materials which meet the programme outcomes can be accessed from the Learner Management System, Moodle. A prescribed book list is available from the academic manager at the start of the programme, although the study guide available on Moodle will sufficiently cover the exam requirements.

Moodle is an online platform, where registered students receive their study materials and other online support material with zero data costs.
  • Explore engaging online content, crafted by subject matter experts.
  • Access to customised academic repository with assignments, videos, and PowerPoint lessons.
  • 24-hour access.

On successful completion, you will receive a National N Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and may further your studies at a University of Technology.

Refer to the SAQA fact sheet for more options to study further.

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