The course is currently the only one of its kind in South Africa. The curriculum has been designed around a comprehensive competency profile for a chemical process technician that provides for training in and across seven competency fields including personal effectiveness, academic knowledge, professional skills, regulatory knowledge, technical skills, organisational skills and management competencies.

Hands-on practical training includes training in the only working pilot chemical production facility at a South African university which provides for seamless integration into a real-life working environment.

Much emphasis is placed on communication skills and teamwork in view of the criticality of many of the tasks of the chemical process technician in mega production facilities.




Do you have what it takes to become a Chemical Process Technician?

If you have:

  • a high motivation to be involved in technology;
  • a proven aptitude for technology;
  • above average communication skills;
  • strong problem solving skills; and
  • the ability to deal with unique novel situations,

then consider a career as a Chemical Process Technician. 

Nelson Mandela University offers you the opportunity to follow a career in Chemical Process Technology.

Our 2018 first year Chemical Process Technology students with their Process Technology lecturer Mr Bothwell Nyoni (far right in blue jacket)

First year Chemical Process Technology students visited BASF, an automotive emission catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth, on Friday 23 March 2018; students were shown the ins and outs of the plant.

From left to right:

Front row squatting:

Mr Melikhaya Bebula, Mr Rhulani Makhubela (BASF), Mr Wanga Jobe, Mr Fabian Marias (BASF)

Front row standing:

Ms Zintle Mtyobile, Ms Anelisiwe Ndzima, Ms Siphokazi Mzini, Ms Zusakhe Williams, Ms Siyanda Bushula,

Ms Sibhekokuhle Masuku, Mr Kabelo Dickson, Ms Bontle Moeng (BASF), Dr Shawn Gouws (Lecturer and co-ordinator)

Second row standing:

Mr Vivante Mhlekwa, Ms Nosiphiwo Sdepa, Ms Tina Tonjeni, Ms Lusanda Mbolekwa,

Mr Samkele Zwane, Mr Zimi Lingani, Mr Kabelo Phokwane, Ms Sibonokuhle Nyanga

Mr Bothwell Nyoni (CPT lecturer)

Back row standing:

Mr Vivante Mhlekwa, Mr Bongani Dlamani, Mr Sonwabile Ntsonta, Mr Songezo Cujana

M Kwabena Addae, Mr Masizole Zotwa, Mr Giovanni Jusson, Mr Vusisizwe Mguni,

MR Zwelethu Khunge (2nd year student)

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Contact information
Dr Shawn Gouws
Senior Lecturer – Chemical Process Technology
Tel: 27 415043178