NWU Department of Chemical and Minerals Engineering

North-West University NWU Department of Chemical and Minerals Engineering

The Chemical and Mining Industries are two of the greatest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contributors in South Africa. A career in this direction ensures excellent job opportunities and security.

School Director’s message

The School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering of the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University stands firmly on two legs – Chemical engineering and Minerals processing. Since both the chemical and mining industries are of the largest GDP contributors in the country, both these study possibilities ensure excellent job opportunities and many of our alumni fulfill exciting and challenging career positions. The chemical or minerals processing engineer may be active in any part of the engineering process – from the initiating development of an idea to the selling and final product handling.

Our highly committed staff will ensure that each student, when leaving the university, will be fully equipped to tackle all challenges that industry could present. Those individuals who however wish to further their studies will find that an academic career can be just as exciting as one in industry.

Be one of the elite engineering groups in the country!

Courses on Offer

Undergraduate

Qualification nameAcademic programme (if applicable)RequirementsAPSCampus and mode of delivery
Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (BIng)
  • NS(C) with full matriculation exemption
  • Mathematics Level 6 (70-79%); Physical Sciences Level 5 (60-69%)
  • Home or First Additional Language at least Level 5 (60-69%)
  • SELECTION: Engineering Test (appointment to be made at the faculty)
  • DURATION: 4 years
31Potchefstroom Campus

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Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (BIng)with specialisation in Minerals Processing
  • NS(C) with full matriculation exemption
  • Mathematics Level 6 (70-79%); Physical Sciences Level 5 (60-69%)
  • Home or First Additional Language at least Level 5 (60-69%)
  • SELECTION: Engineering Test (appointment to be made at the faculty)
  • DURATION: 4 years
31Potchefstroom Campus

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Postgraduate

  • MEng in Chemical Engineering
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineers are involved in the research, design, development and management of industrial processes where raw materials are converted to products with higher economic value. For instance, turn corn to cornflakes, hops to beer, coal to petrol and algae to electricity.  The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Your options as a chemical engineer in South Africa and abroad are:

  • Chemical manufacturers and other industries, such as: petroleum refining, synthetic fuel manufacture, food processing, brewing, minerals processing, paper and pulp, pollution control, manufacture of synthetic fibres, fertilizers and explosives
  • Organizations as: CSIR, AECI, ESKOM, Sasol, AEC, Sentrachem
  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments
  • Universities

Our pride and joy:

  • Eco friendly coal:  Production of a carbonaceous feedstock material from waste carbon sources
  • Biofuels:  Producing diesel from non-food crops

Minerals Processing is a specialist field in Chemical Engineering and deals with the physical and chemical processes used especially to extract metals from ores. The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Your options as a chemical engineer in South Africa and abroad are:

  • Chemical manufacturers and other industries, such as: petroleum refining, synthetic fuel manufacture, food processing, brewing, minerals processing, paper and pulp, pollution control, manufacture of synthetic fibres, fertilizers and explosives
  • Organizations as: CSIR, AECI, ESKOM, Sasol, AEC, Sentrachem
  • Consulting firms
  • Government departments
  • Universities

Contact details:

  • Prof. Quentin Campbell
  • School Director: Chemical and Mineral Engineering
  • 018 299 1993(4)
  • quentin.campbell@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 149A
  • Ms. Annieta Bok
  • Secretary
  • 018 299 1998
  • annieta.bok@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 151A
  • Sanet Botes
  • Financial Officer
  • 018 299 1656
  • sanet.botes@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 156
  • Prof. Marco le Roux
  • Program manager
  • 018 299 1990
  • marco.leroux@nwu.ac.za
  • NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 148A

Applications

Department of Chemical and  Minerals Engineering Application Guide

Chemical and Minerals Entry Requirements

 

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Commercialisation is the process where an innovative idea takes form through the application of the knowledge and expertise of students and staff.

Why is it so important?

Economies grow on the back of innovations. You can have the best researchers and all the knowledge in the world. But if that knowledge is not put into practice where the significance of its social impact can be experienced and measured, it means nothing.

The North-West University is fully committed to the commercialisation process as a way of developing innovative ideas and innovations. These ideas or research topics are then applied and turned into commercial products or services via so called spin off companies. The latter is then positioned within the market to make a profit from teaching, research and other activities on campus. The extent to which innovations have been commercialised by the NWU Faculty of Engineering is significant proof of the wealth of expertise within the Faculty.

The following ideas have been commercialised by the North-West University Faculty of Engineering. Click on the photo to be redirected to their website.

Jonker Sailplanes

The Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office supports the campuses with all aspects of industrialising and commercialising their inventions, including the following:

  •  Assistance with funding applications for commercialisation
  •  Marketing of technologies and expertise
  •  Building of networks with industry
  •  Protection of Intellectual Property

The Office also assists with:

  •  Searching for art
  •  Technology and market research surveys
  •  Liaising with patent attorneys
  •  Industrialisation
  •  Defining market needs
  •  Managing selected projects
  •  Locating and selecting subcontractors
  •  Commercialisation
  •  Identifying and selecting partners
  •  Developing and negotiating commercial models and structures
  •  Managing the Intellectual Property Rights
  •  Negotiating licensing and other technology transfer agreements
  •  Establishing and mentoring spin-off companies
  •  Managing existing licensing agreements
  •  Organising and conducting workshops for students on entrepreneurship

Contact details:

  • ​Mr André Hattingh
  • Director Professional Services
  • Tel: (018) 299 4023
  • Email: andre.hattingh@nwu.ac.za 
  • Potchefstroom Campus, Building N1, Room 40

The FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a world class facility at the NWU Faculty of Engineering which makes it possible for users – from school pupils to engineers – to design and build almost any idea. From elaborate laser-cut wedding invitations to high-tech gear systems. The FabLab contains and consists of various off-the-shelf, industrial grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

The FabLab gives communities in the North-West Province access to manufacturing technologies and thus supports general innovation and fabrication in the small to medium enterprise sector.

SCHOLAR BENEFITS

The aim of the FabLab at the NWU Potchefstroom Campus is not only to provide an infrastructure for innovators to solve problems, but also to develop human resources and share cross cutting skills. We encourage community interaction by inviting learners from the community’s schools to participate in activities. Here, we give them the freedom to explore and experiment as this can stimulate the creativity that leads to invention. This experience and exposure develops their computer skills and advances their ability to manufacture their design ideas according to scale.

STUDENT BENEFITS

The FabLab is bringing about a new dimension in engineering and helping to strengthen the innovative spirit of the University. Access to the laboratory encourages learners’ excitement about science and technology, which will ultimately benefit the economic sectors that are experiencing labour shortages.

MACHINERY

The following machines and equipment are used in the FabLab:

  • Laser Cutter
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Modela Milling Machine
  • TorchMate
  • Electronics
  • Electronic Work Bench
  • 3D printer

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