Where To Study Electrical Engineering In South Africa

Electrical engineering in simple terms focuses mainly on electronic circuitry. Electrical engineering dates back to the 19th century and has since evolved into a number of specialised categories, which includes power generation and transmission systems, motors, transistors and control systems.


What exactly does an electrical engineer do?

Engineers work with both technology and electricity. They work on a wide range of components, devices and systems that vary from tiny microchips to huge machinery.

Is Electrical Engineering a good career?

The answer is yes! An electrical engineer is someone that designs and develops new electrical systems, resolves problems and tests the equipment. Engineers work with a diverse range of technological devices which includes: household appliances, lighting, wiring, telecommunication systems, electrical power stations and satellite communications.

Students learn by applying their knowledge through practical application. They learn how to identify and analyse problems and create innovative solutions to these problems. This allows them to visualise the overall concept and then apply their ideas in various real-life situations or scenarios. 

What Skills Do You Need To Become An Engineer?

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Design skills and knowledge
  • Technological knowledge

Skills needed to become an Electrical Engineer:

  • Mining, minerals and engineering industry
  • System engineering
  • Software development
  • Advanced control systems
  • IT departments in banks
  • Insurance companies

List Of Institutions Where Students Can Study Electrical Engineering In South Africa:

  • Stellenbosch University
  • Cape Peninsula University Of Technology
  • College SA
  • College of Cape Town
  • False Bay College TVET
  • Northlink College
  • South African Business & Technology Institute
  • WITS University
  • Vaal University Of Technology


In order to study electrical engineering, you need to have an eye for detail, critical skills and an  in-depth understanding of electrical and electronic theory. Having this knowledge and skills set allows engineers to design and perform specific functions that meet the requirements of safety and reliability before the process is implemented. 

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