Robotics Engineering

Faculty of Information Technology, Science and Engineering – National Higher Certificate – Robotics Engineering NQF Level 5120 Credits

National Higher Certificate – Robotics Engineering NQF Level 5

The field of Robotic systems encompasses everything to do with the design, neural networks, engineering, programming, testing and development of robots, human robots, and collaborative robots to help humans perform daily activities. Robotics is growing rapidly with the advent of big data and the IoT and machines are now capable of processing large quantities of data and learning with minimal human interaction. Using autonomous vehicles as an example, the sensors on the vehicle process thousands of data points each second along with location data from the web to move the vehicle safely along its route. Robotics projects and applications can be found across a large number of industries from automotive production to military drone operations to landing on and exploring Mars. Even creating four-legged robots can help change the world with virtual reality data mapping and more.

Course annual Cost : R25 000

Monthly Payments : R2 000 (12 Months)

Once off registration Fee : R2 000

Semester one theoretical modules : February – July

Module 1 – Introduction to Robotics Sciences (ROBSCI 111)

History of Robotics Sciences

Modern day Robots and Software

Introduction to Mechatronics

Robotics Engineering,

Introduction to neural networks and machine learning

Introduction to Data Science

Module 2 – Introduction to Robotics Coding (ROBCOD 111)

Robotics Coding Languages

Robotics programming, Algorithms and Databases

Robotics Processing and Logic Concepts

Robotics AI, IDEs and Development Engines

Module 3 – Introduction to Robotics Commerce (ROBCOM 111)

Robotics Project Development

Robotics Core Applications Development

Robotics Engineering and Business Management

Robotics and Blockchain Application

Module 4 – Introduction to Robotics Engineering (ROBENG 111)

Robotics Hardware

Robotics Hardware Development

Robotics Parts and Tech

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Neural Networks and Advanced Machine Learning

Module 5 – Understanding Mechatronics (MECHA 111)

Electrical engineering principles

Telecommunication Systems

Automation and Animatronics

Mechanical Engineering Principles

Electomechanical Engineering principles

Robotics engineering and mechatronics

Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers

Module 6 – Robotics governance and regulations (ROBGOV 111)

Robotics governance framework

Robotics security and AI governance

Workplace robotics regulations and guidelines

Robotics health and safety regulations

Module 13Communications and Self Development (ComSelf 111)

Learning and Reading

How to Study Effectively

Virtual and Face to Face Presentations

Time Management Tactics

Financial Management Tactics

Understanding Self Development

Ethics and Psychology

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mid Term ExamsTheoretical Learning

Work Integrated Learning Modules : August – January

Module 7 – Robotics design and planning (ROBOAPP 211)

Module 8 – Robotics parts collection and assembling (ROBPARTS 211)

Module 9 – Robotics wiring and testing (ROBOWIRE 211)

Module 10 – Robotics maintenance and quality assurance (ROBOMAIN 211)

Module 11 – Project completion and commercialization (PROCOM 211)

Module 12 – Ongoing Maintenance and product risk management (RISKMAIN 211)

End of term exams – Practical and theoretical learning

Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma or Higher Certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification or international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.

OR

National Certificate (Vocational) level four issued by the Council of General, Further Education, and Training.

Course Duration

This Course takes a minimum of one year and maximum of 3 years.

Theoretical work is covered over a period of Six Months from enrollment from January until June. Practical work takes six months and begins in August and ends in January the next year.

Students enrolling in July start theoretical work from July until December. Work Integrated learning Practical work commences in January and ends in June.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, Graduates will be able to understand the mechanism and techniques of Robotics Engineering. Graduates will possess the technical Skills to assemble, maintain and fix different types of Robotics from Automobile Robotics, Space Robotics to Humanoid Robotics.

Graduates will be able to Programme and look into software technicalities to fix bugs, Security issues and maintain different types of Robotics system and software.

Graduates will be conferred with an NQF Level 5 qualification that will enable them to pursue further NQF Level 6 and 7 qualifications in the respected field. Graduates will also possess the necessary technical skills to enter the job market while in the process of completing their diploma or degrees.

Career Options

There are quite a few options for career paths in the field of industrial Robotics, from humanoid robot programming and engineering to construction, deployment, healthcare, automate management and maintenance.

Positions with job titles such as

Robotics Specialist

Robotics Technician

Mobile Robotics Application Engineer

Robotics Application Engineer

Lead Robotics Software Engineer.

While there are many positions in the exciting new era of robotics development and innovation, there is also huge demand for specialists that can maintain the millions of robotic machines already used in Nissan, SANSA, Toyota, BMW, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Lego, Amazon, or somewhere many other companies, 

Will advancing technology lead to state of technological singularity – Robotics intelligence > Human intelligence?

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