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Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that combines knowledge from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science to design and develop complex systems. Studying mechatronics with Polytech offers students a versatile skill set that includes designing, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Graduates of the Occupational Higher National Certificate in Mechatronics program will receive a NQF level 5 qualification.

Employer Benefits

As mechatronics continues to grow in Africa, there are numerous benefits for companies that enroll their staff at Polytech for a mechatronics programme. One of the major benefits is that it allows companies to enter their employees into a SETA-accredited learnership, providing formal recognition of their qualifications. By having an educated and technical employee base, companies can provide better service to their customers. This also opens up opportunities for employees to apply their new skills and knowledge to real-world problems and find innovative solutions.

Illustrative example of after-tax costs for one learnership

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Learnership R64 578 R67 807 R71 197 R74 757
Stipend R48,000 R60 000 R72 000 R84 000
Annual Completion Bonus R12,000 R12 000 R12 000 R12 000
Total Expenses R124,578 R139 807 R155 197 R170 757
s12H Learnership Deduction R40 000 R40 000 R40 000 R40 000
a12H Completion Deduction R0 R0 R0 R40 000
  R40 000 R40 000 R40 000 R80 000
Annual Tax Deduction @ 27% R44 436 R48 548 R52 703 R67 704
After-Tax Cash Cost excl grants R80 142 R91 259 R102 494 R103 053

Polytech enables companies to claim up to 80% of the net amount for Category C and D (Learnerships and Internships). This includes the learner’s salary or stipend and program cost, maximizing the company’s spend under the Skills Development element of BEE.

The above analysis excludes further reductions in after-tax costs from participation in SETA discretionary grant payments which will vary from sponsor to sponsor, as well as the potential benefit of replacing pre-existing expenditure incurred to meet Skills Development requirements for BBBEE. Please note that the pricing displayed is indicative as of June 2023 and is subject to change.

Your Path to a Mechatronics Qualification

The Occupational Higher National Certificate in Mechatronics program is a full-time, four-year qualification that requires regular attendance during academy terms. In addition to academic work, students are expected to work part-time with an employer in a related field. Outside of term dates, students can work full-time, while during term dates, they may work part-time to accommodate their academic commitments.

The Occupational Higher National Certificate in Mechatronics program is a blended learning qualification that spans over four years of full-time study. The academic year is divided into four terms, each lasting between 7 and 11 weeks, where students attend classes either in the classroom or workshop. In addition, there are 12 weeks of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which are split into three sessions of one month each. During the WIL, students will work under supervision in a company and engage in activities related to four core disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, and Automation. A formal logbook will track their progress during the WIL period. Only one week holiday is provided in July after WIL

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