The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)

About SAIMechE The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) is the senior body representing the discipline of mechanical engineering in South Africa. It covers all fields of application as diverse as automobile, energy generation, process engineering, heavy manufacture, design, management, research, mining and education. The Institution was established in 1892. SAIMechE is a voluntary association of Mechanical Engineers, Technologists and Technicians that have access to various grades of membership and the associated benefits. For more information on SAIMechE, please visit the Website:

What does the profession entail?

Mechanical engineers develop and build engines that produce power from steam, petrol, nuclear fuels, and other sources of energy. They also develop and build a wide variety of machines that use power. They’re involved in every phase in the development of a machine, from the construction of an experimental model to the installation of the finished machine.

Personal attributes of a mechanical engineer are as follows; needs to independently apply mature engineering judgments throughout decision-making with engineering problems. He needs to apply engineering principles on alternative methods of mechanical engineering applications. He also needs to have the analytical ability for effective and appropriate engineering solutions to problems. He needs to apply the principles of quality and professional engineering standards. He needs to be able to conceive and optimize technical solutions outside the boundaries of text book applications.

To become a Professional Engineer, it is necessary to attend a university to take the four year degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering. For those students who prefer a more practical orientated training, the schools of mechanical engineering at the various universities of technology offer courses structured on a basis of four semesters attendance at the university of technology followed by two semesters of experiential training leading to a National Diploma.



The South African Institution of Civil Engineering

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is a learned society with more than 9000 civil engineering professional members, and is the largest of its kind in South Africa. With a proud history of more than a century SAICE hosts a number of events annually to honor individuals, projects of excellence, as well as community oriented initiatives. SAICE also provides the industry the opportunity to discuss and debate contentious issues.We also offer career guidance opportunities to scholars at school as well as university students. The Young Members Panel are responsible for the younger members and they have roadshows and universities throughout the country yearly. Please follow the link to find out more about the young members panel

What does the profession entail?

Civil engineers design and build bridges, roads, railways, and tunnels. They design and build tall structures and large buildings such as multi-storey car parks, train stations, and even the Olympic stadium. There are many different specialisms within civil engineering, including environmental, structural, municipal, transport and geotechnical.

Civil engineering requires certain personal attributes such as:  good mathematics, design, and science skills. In addition, having a “big picture” mentality, creativity, the ability to function as a member of a team, the ability to work without supervision and to handle high levels of responsibility, the ability to clearly and concisely communicate your ideas both verbally, and through the use of writing and images, are all important, well-rounded features to ensure a successful civil engineering career.