Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (Motor Vehicle Engineering) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (Motor Vehicle Engineering) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Motor Vehicle Engineering?

Automotive engineering is one of the most sophisticated courses in engineering which involves design, manufacturing, modification and maintenance of an automobile such as buses, cars, trucks and other transportation vehicles.

Diploma in automotive engineering is offered in 3 modules. 1 module takes a duration of 6 months then an examination is always administered at the end of each module for trainees to proceed to field attachment and eventually the next module. Automotive Engineering combines the science of mechanics, electricals and materials, which provides students with the basic principles of engineering together with the modern vehicle design requirements in terms of safety, fuel economy and industrial manufacturing.

  • Civil Engineer.
  • Quality Control Engineer.
  • Maintenance Engineer.
  • Automotive Engineer.
  • Assistant Executive Engineer.
  • Mechanical Engineer.

Programme Structure

The Programme for the Degree in Mechanical Engineering will be a Single Major that will extend over 10 semesters of full-time study. It shall contain one subject called Mechanical Engineering consisting of courses shown below. The curriculum for Levels 100 and 200 shall be as stipulated in Faculty Special Regulation 21.20.

Level 300

Semester 5

Core Courses

MAT391 Mathematics III (3, pre-req. MAT291)
MMB311 Solid Mechanics (3, pre-req. CCB221)
MMB312 Materials ( 2, pre-req. CCB211)
MMB313 Mechanics of Machines (3, pre-req. MMB222)
MMB314 Measurement and Instrumentation (2)

Semester 6

Core Courses

MMB322 Machine Component Design (2, pre-req. MMB 311, MMB313)
MMB323 Thermodynamics I (3)
MMB324 Fluid Mechanics (3)
MMB325 Manufacturing (2, pre-req MMB312)
EEB326 Electrical Machines I (3)

Level 400

Semester 7

Core Courses

MMB411 Machine and Industrial Design (2, pre-req. MMB322)
MMB421 Heat Transfer (2, pre-req. MMB323, MMB324)
MMB413 Systems and Control Engineering I (3)
MMB414 Engineering Management (3)
MMB417 Thermodynamics II (2, pre-req.MMB323)

In addition, all students shall at least select One of the following optional courses:

MMB416 Mechatronics (2, pre-req. MMB314, CO-REQ MMB 413)
MMB418 Pneumatics and Hydraulics (2)
MMB410 Advanced Manufacturing (2, pre-req. MMB325)

Semester 8

ITB420 Industrial Training II [20 Weeks], (10 credits, pre-req. ITB200)

Level 500

Semester 9

Core Courses

MMB511 Project I (3, pre-req. MMB325, MMB411,
MMB417, MMB413, MMB421)
MMB512 Plant Engineering (3)

In addition, all students shall select at least two of the following optional courses:

MMB513 Manufacturing Systems (4)
MMB514 Systems and Control Engineering II (4, pre-req. MMB413)
MMB515 Energy Conversion (4,pre-req. MMB421, MMB417)
MMB524 Refrigeration and Air conditioning (4, pre-req. MMB421, MMB417)

Semester 10

Core Courses

MMB521 Project II (3, pre-req. MMB511)
MMB522 Production and Operations Management (3, pre-req. MMB414)

In addition, all students shall select two of the following optional courses:

MMB516 Building and Factory Services (4)
MMB523 Industrial Engineering (4, pre-req. MMB414)
MMB527 Thermo/Fluid System Design (4, pre-req. MMB421, MMB417)
MMB526 Computational Mechanics (4)


Except for MMB211 (Engineering Drawing), MMB221 (Manual and Computer Aided Drafting), MMB411 (Engineering Design), MMB511 (Project I), MMB521 (Project II) and MMB526 (Computational Mechanics), all courses shall be assessed as stipulated in the Faculty Special Regulations 21.30. For MMB411 the ratio of marks for continuous assessment to examination shall be 1:1. For MMB211, MMB221, MMB511, MMB521, and MMB526 the assessment mode shall be by continuous assessment only.