Engineering Cape Town

Engineering in South Africa

“The creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation or safety to life and property.”
– American Engineers Council for Professional Development

Engineers quite literally build the world. Every advance in human civilization, from the invention of the wheel to the moon landing, has been initiated or accompanied by innovative engineering.

The work of engineers determine the ways we live our lives – where we live, how we travel, the ways we communicate with each other, our ability to care for the sick, even our understanding of the universe, are products, to some degree, of engineering.

Engineers operate in a wide range of fields: chemical engineers transform raw materials into the substances that fuel the world; structural engineers design and construct our cities and the infrastructures that make the world work; electrical engineers light up the world, and create the communication technologies that connects us to each other; mechanical engineering create the things that make our experience of the world better, and our exploration of it possible. Beyond these four main branches, the work of engineers is crucial in fields as diverse as geology, acoustics, aeronautics, software, architecture, nuclear energy, and many more.

Societies need engineers in order to progress. South Africa, a young and dynamic country, needs the vision and skill of its engineers in order to realize its potential as world-class 21st century society, in which the possibilities of the modern world are available to all of its citizens.