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Engineering and Built Environment Bursaries in South Africa for 2018


Engineering and the Built Environment is an exciting industry with many career prospects. As the world is constantly evolving (technologically, medically, physically), so there is a great need for Engineers and skilled professionals in the construction sector.

If you are considering pursuing your studies and a career in the Engineering and Built Environment, but are confused as to which path to follow, hopefully the information below will help shed some light on the various career paths within the industry.

You will also find bursaries for each of these sectors as listed below.



Architecture, Planning and Project Management

– Architects are professionals who design new buildings, redevelopments and recommend alterations to existing buildings. They use construction knowledge and advanced drawing skills to design buildings that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also safe, functional and sustainable.
– Town and regional planners estimate future needs for housing, community facilities, business sites, industrial sites and open spaces to meet needs.
– Urban and regional planners deal with maintaining the environment and creating convenient, efficient, healthy, equitable and attractive places.
– Project managers are responsible for daily management of a given project, including six aspects of a project – scope, schedule, risk, finance, resources and quality. They work on projects with time limits, budgets and definite outcomes.
Apply for Architecture, Planning and Project Management Bursaries here

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineers use chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics to solve problems – this can involve working in a laboratory doing experiments, as well as working on-site in factories and production facilities to design and construct machines that make use of chemical reactions to save costs or improve efficiency.
Apply for Chemical Engineering Bursaries here

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers find solutions to problems by applying science, maths and technology – they work on various projects including local, regional and global projects. Professionals in this career path generally work in an office environment, creating creating designs and structural plans, but they could also find themselves working at constructions sites.
Apply for Civil Engineering Bursaries here

Construction and Quantity Surveying

– The construction industry offers many career prospects – whether you like planning out projects, building things or managing a team, there is certainly no shortage of career opportunities in construction.
– Quantity Surveyors (or QS’s) are responsible for managing the costs of building and civil engineering projects – from first to final calculations. They aim to reduce costs and achieve better value for money on any given project, without skimping on quality and standards.
Apply for Construction and Quantity Surveying Bursaries here

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineers design and develop new electrical systems, as well as test equipment and solve problems. These professionals apply the mathematics and physics of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism to small and large scale systems, in order to transmit energy and process information.
Apply for Electrical Engineering Bursaries here

Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

– Industrial Engineering deals with optimisation of systems, organisations and processes. Industrial engineers figure out ways to reduce waste of money, time, materials, energy, machine time, human working hours and other resources in production processes.
– Mechanical Engineers solve problems and create solutions – they are a vital role in the design and implementation of moving parts many industries. These professionals design efficient solutions to developing products and processes, from small component to large plants, vehicles and machinery.
Apply for Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Bursaries here

Mining and Metallurgical Engineering

– Mining Engineers are responsible for designing safe and efficient mines to remove metals and coal. They appraise the safety, productivity and feasibility of potential mine locations, as well as plan, optimise and manage the extraction of underground and surface deposits (such as oil, metals, minerals and gas) in the most efficient way possible.
– Metallurgical Engineers are responsible for adapt existing and creating new types of metal alloys. Also known as Metallurgists, they are a sub-specialisation of Material Engineers.
Apply for Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Bursaries here

Where can I study towards a qualification in Engineering and the Built Environment?

The following tertiary institutions in South Africa offer qualifications within this industry:

  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology, Free State


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