Electromechanical Engineer

Electromechanical engineers possess disciplines from both mechanical and chemical engineering.  

They are responsible for building devices that blend electrical and mechanical components from computers, and equipment used for gas systems or radar systems. 

Career Details

These professionals often work with other engineers to determine the project’s scope and then design and build systems that the customer wants. 

Employers usually prefer candidates with a few years of experience working within electrical and mechanical systems. To be successful in this career you need to have a strong mathematical and physics background and a love for challenges. 

Currently, in South Africa, the University of Cape town is the only tertiary that offers the electromechanical engineering degree course. Although mechatronic engineering is a similar field and is offered at many South African universities.

Skills required for this career:
  • Good problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent teamwork skills 
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
Study options:
  • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 
  • B. Eng. Mechatronic Engineering 
  • Bachelor in Mechatronic and Mechanical Engineering 
  • Bachelor in Mechatronics
  • Government departments and municipalities 
  • The mining industry
  • Manufactures of electrical equipment 
  • Private engineering consultants