Brief History

The Department of Mechanical Engineering became an autonomous Department in the 2003/2004 session when the first set of students were admitted into level 200 of the 5-year Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree programme.

The aim of establishing the department of Mechanical Engineering was to meet the growing need for manpower in the profession. The main objective was to train and produce Engineers with the required qualities and capabilities to meet the increasing need for professional Engineers in the state and country at large.

However, in the 5-year degree programme runs by the department of Mechanical Engineering, courses are grouped into levels each of which spans one academic session. Courses in the 100 and 200 levels are common to all the departments in the Faculty.

Philosophy

To achieve the national goals and objectives of industrialization and self-reliance, the programme is geared towards the development of a thorough practice in training, which includes early broad-based training in general engineering, practical application to engineering processes, adequate training in human and organizational behaviour. The general philosophy of the programme is to produce graduates with high academic standard and adequate practical background for self-employment as well as being of immediate value to industry and the community in general.

Aim and Objectives of the programme

The overall aim of the programme is in consonance with the realization of national needs and aspirations vis-à-vis industrial development and technological emancipation. The programme gives the minimum academic standards required to meet these needs and to produce graduates with sufficient academic background and practical experience who would be able to rise to the challenges of a developing economy like ours.

Some of the objectives of the programme include producing graduates who will be able:

a)      to design engineering projects and supervise their construction

b)      to design and develop new products and production techniques in industries.

c)      to install and maintain complex engineering systems so that they can perform optimally in our environment.

d)      to adapt and adopt exogenous technology in order to solve local engineering problems.

e)      to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.

f)       to manage people, funds, materials and equipment.

g)      to improve on indigenous technologies so as to enhance local problem-solving capability.

CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION

The main entry point into the programme is the Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE O’level or its equivalent. Candidates must satisfy all University entry requirements plus passes at credit in at least five subjects (including Mathematics, English, Chemistry, and Physics) all obtained at not more than two sittings.

a)    Admission into the first year (Level 100) of the 10-semester B.Eng degree programme requires, in addition to the above, an acceptable performance in the University Matriculation Examination (UME) in the relevant subjects, which include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Language.

b)    Candidates who apply for direct entry are admitted into the second year (Level 200) of the 10-semester B.Eng degree programme, if they satisfy one or more of the following requirements in addition to the above general requirements.

              i.      They have at least three passes in subjects including Physics, Mathematics and/or Chemistry at IJMB/GCE ‘A’ Level.

            ii.      They have a National Diploma (ND) in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of Upper credit plus; relevant credits at ‘O’ Level.

Candidates with Higher National Diploma (HND) in relevant subjects, having obtained a minimum of Upper Credit are admitted into the third year (Level 300) of the 10-semester B.Eng degree programme.

Student Academic Advisory

All Students in the Department are assigned to level Coordinators for guidance and counselling in the area of course registration, Add and Drop, Incomplete Status, deferment and transfer throughout the Students career in the University. In cases where the matter is beyond the scope of the Academic Staff, such is referred to the Head of Department and then if necessary, to the Dean of the faculty for appropriate actions.