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Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

The graduate at this level functions as a technician who displays competence as a member of the engineering team in the execution of technical tasks. The course will develop the application of knowledge, independent thinking, and communication skills, as well as proficiency in the identification and solution of engineering problems.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
A learner achieving this qualification will be competent to apply theoretical knowledge, practical experience and skills in Civil Engineering as a civil engineering technician, who is part of the engineering team, by applying proven techniques to engineering activity, within standards and codes under remote supervision, and under close supervision if operating outside standards and codes.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed by civil engineering contractors, consulting engineers, and govermnement departments at local, provincial, or national level.
Broadly speaking civil engineering is divided into two basic activities: planning and design on the one hand, and construction and maintenance on the other. The work will vary considerably according to the field of employment, but in both fields the technician will provide in-depth support, sometimes of a highly specialised nature, to the engineering team.

Construction and maintenance projects include bridges, dams, railways, roads, harbours, sewers, pipelines, and other structures.

In the planning and design field, the graduate will be engaged in survey, design, costing, estimating, draughting, traffic studies, materials investigation, and testing.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements >

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements >


For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements >

Professional Registration
The ND: Engineering: Civil is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Technician.
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Main Campus
Keizersgracht & Tennant St
District Six, Cape Town

+27 +21 460 3911

Granger Bay
Beach Road
Mouille Point

+27 +21 440 5700

Mowbray Campus
Highbury Road

+27 +21 680 1500

Wellington Campus
Van Riebeeck St

+27 +21 864 5200

Postal address

Cape Technikon
P.O. Box 652
Cape Town 8000

Direct enquiries about applications, courses and admissions to:
Applications Office
Cape Technikon
P.O. Box 652
Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 +21 460 3236/3733/3861/3393

Fax: +27 +21 460 3698