National Certificate N3: Mechanical Engineering

The course introduces trainees to fundamental concepts, principles, and practices in mechanical engineering, covering a wide range of topics such as mathematics, engineering science, mechanical technology, engineering drawing, and specific subjects like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mechanical trade theory. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and practical hands-on experience, students gain a solid understanding of the core principles of mechanical engineering and develop essential skills required for entry-level positions or further education in the field.

Who Can Attend:
The National Certificate N3 in Mechanical Engineering is typically open to individuals who meet certain educational requirements or have relevant experience. While specific eligibility criteria may vary depending on the institution offering the course, generally, the following individuals can attend:

High School Graduates: Students who have completed their secondary education and have a minimum level of academic achievement, usually including subjects like mathematics, physical sciences, and technical drawing, are eligible to enroll in the N3 Mechanical Engineering course.

Adult Learners: Individuals who may not have completed high school but possess relevant work experience or have acquired equivalent qualifications through other means may also be eligible to attend the course.

Career Changers: Individuals who are currently employed in other fields but wish to transition into a career in mechanical engineering can attend the course to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for the industry.

International Students: Depending on the institution and its policies, international students may also be eligible to enroll in the course, provided they meet the required academic and language proficiency standards.

Pre-Apprentices: Some students may attend the N3 Mechanical Engineering course as part of a pre-apprenticeship program, preparing them for formal apprenticeships or entry-level positions in the mechanical engineering field.



South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration: T.B.A

Unit Standard: 67491

NQF Level: 03

Number of Credits: 40

Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website


When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

Mathematics N3:
Basic algebra
Calculus (differentiation and integration)
Analytical geometry

Engineering Science N3:
Fluid mechanics
Material science
Electricity and magnetism

Engineering Drawing N3:
Basic drawing techniques
Orthographic projection
Isometric projection
Sectional views
Dimensioning and tolerancing

Mechanotechnology N3:
Mechanical principles and systems
Forces and motion
Mechanical power transmission
Basic machine operations
Bearings, couplings, and seals

Mechanical Trade Theory N3:
Mechanics of machines
Properties of materials
Engineering measurements and units
Workshop safety
Maintenance procedures

Fluid Mechanics N3:
Properties of fluids
Flow measurement
Bernoulli’s equation
Pipe flow
Pumps and turbines

Thermodynamics N3:
Laws of thermodynamics
Heat transfer mechanisms
Ideal gas laws
Power cycles
Refrigeration and air conditioning

Electrotechnology N3:
Basic electrical circuits
Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws
AC and DC circuits
Transformers and motors
Electrical safety

Industrial Electronics N3:
Electronic components and circuits
Digital electronics
Control systems
Sensors and actuators
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs)

Mechanical Draughting N3:
Advanced engineering drawing techniques
CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software skills
Technical documentation interpretation
Assembly drawings
Detail drawings