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What are they?

They are first and foremost persons who are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), as Professional Technologists (Engineering).

In order to register, the applicant must provide proof of having obtained a qualification at a Technikon in South Afiica and a period of practical experience in industry, acceptable to ECSA. Qualifications obtained elsewhere will also be considered. Acceptance for registration is at the discretion of ECSA.

A senior or equivalent qualification, with acceptable pass marks in mathematics and science, is required for admission to the Technikon courses. These courses:

  • render the best possible service to the profession of engineering technologists by promoting their skills and resources,
  • provide comprehensive theoretical knowledge, include practical applications of engineering practice and techniques,
  • thoroughly prepare the students for the job market by ensuring that they spend adequate time in applying their knowledge to practical work in the engineering field.

Professional Technologists (Engineering) will be required to exercise mature judgement in the workplace and will be expected to have the ability to conceive, identify and optimise solutions to complex engineering problems. Above all, they must be prepared to accept full professional responsibility for their engineering decisions.

In its Constitution and Bylaws, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) fully recognises the status of the Professional Technologist and no distinction is made between PrEng and PrTech(Eng). The SAACE's primary requirement for a firm to become and remain a member, is that at least 50% of its principals shall be consulting engineers. The definition of a consulting engineer being a professional engineer or a professional technologist who is registered in terms of the Act, is practising and, as his / her principal occupation, is rendering a professional engineering service to others

What work do they do?

Engineering technologists apply their expertise in any combination of the engineering functions in all branches of engineering. These functions include conceptualising, design, project or construction management, commissioning, measurement and testing, quality assurance, costing and estimating, production, the collection and analysis of data, maintenance, teaching, research and the modification and development of technologies for the solution of complex engineering problems. They may work on their own or can be part of a team.



What positions do they occupy?

They may be:

  • Consultants in their own right or members of firms of engineering consultants,
  • A senior manager in central, provincial or local government, or in private practice,
  • A contractor,
  • An advisor in a company, practising a high level of technical expertise.

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