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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the design, construction and use of systems and machines.  It is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions and offers a wide scope in terms of career opportunities in all areas of industry.  The Mechanical Engineer applies scientific principles to the design, development, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of the machines and systems that drive our world. Graduates are enabled to make a real difference in the world we live in. 

Your UCT degree programme will teach you to think independently and approach problems with logic and confidence.  You will work as a team and collaborate closely with professional colleagues from other backgrounds.

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NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Industrial CFD group at the  Department of Mechanical Engineering is involved in the European project AEROGUST which aims to further the state-of-the-art in aerospace related modelling. The specific role includes both technical management as well as developing novel computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. The work has attracted widespread attention in both academia and industry and was recently premiered at the Paris Air Show. The Paris Air Show is the oldest as well as the most prestigious international aerospace event. Click here to watch the project video to find out more about the real-world impact this research will have on the aviation industry and future of aircraft and wind turbine design.