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There is a high demand for graduates of the Faculty of Engineering. The leading British professional institutions internationally accredit all the programmes in the Faculty, and as a student you have the opportunity to interact with business leaders and be exposed to the very latest thinking in all fields of Engineering, Surveying & Land Information and Petroleum Geosciences. The lecturers in the Faculty are intimately involved in industry and so bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom. Students are also exposed both to theoretical and practical training through the cooperative programme, coupled with strong management and leadership skills to ensure that upon graduation, they are able to hit the ground running. The cooperative programme involves spending a full year in industry undergoing supervised, practical Engineering training.

departments

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Surveying & Land Information

undergraduate degree programmes

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in:
  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil with Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biosystems Engineering
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Surveying & Land Information

University & Faculty Requirements:

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internationally accredited undergraduate degree programmes

Chemical & Process Engineering

The discipline of Chemical Engineering is concerned with the design, construction and operation of all the systems involved in process industries. The course of study requires a fundamental knowledge of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Advanced level and comprises a balanced curriculum of basic chemical Engineering analysis but with a significant component of practical and project work in Engineering applications, computer studies and industrial plant projects.

Petroleum Geoscience

Petroleum Geoscience is concerned with understanding the structure of the earth to depths of five miles to identify potential areas of hydrocarbon deposits and to identify the hydrocarbon bearing zones, fault patterns and water ingress, and thence to model them in sufficient detail so as to be able to design development programmes for economic exploitation. After a reservoir comes into production, petroleum geoscientists monitor production to ensure that forecasts are accurate and identify potential geological problems and opportunities. Petroleum geoscientists are the professionals who assess acreage, identify exploration prospects, suggest possible drilling sites for hydrocarbon exploration, appraise new discoveries, plan and implement field development, monitor the wells during production and generally assist field management by teaming with petrophysicists, drillers, engineers and commercial units.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering is the discipline that covers the conversion of resources through the application of the laws of science and Engineering to facilities, products and systems that sustain and improve the quality of life. It concerns itself with the provision of roads, bridges, buildings, airports, seaports, dams, water supply, beaches, marinas, ports and harbours, recreational facilities and environmental plant and systems, all as integrated components of civil infrastructure and facilities that support towns, cities, countries and regions. The Department offers training in five essential Engineering sub-disciplines: Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water resources and Coastal Engineering, and environmental Engineering.
Civil Engineering Management is also included to cover the effective management of the conversion of resources to social, commercial and recreational infrastructure, and the event and impact of hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural hazards today form an essential module of the discipline. Because Civil Engineering is also concerned with the sustainability of infrastructure and society, emphasis on environmental Engineering is considered vital to the discipline. Accordingly, the Department now offers two streams of Engineering Education, one in the traditional Civil Engineering and the other in civil with Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering is primarily concerned with the application of electrical, electronic and electromechanical technology to diverse aspects of human endeavour in business and industry, for entertainment and health services. These activities may include generation, distribution and utilisation of electrical energy; design, production and installation of electrical and electronic equipment; development of systems for communication; use of systems for monitoring and automatic control of Engineering equipment; and development of systems for storing, communicating and processing all types of information. Electrical technology has found widespread use in fields such as measurement, control, automatic computation and bioEngineering. Moreover, the exploitation of abstract systems-oriented concepts, which have evolved largely from the rigorous analysis of problems in Electrical Engineering, has engendered fields of exploration and endeavour. These new fields include areas such as information technology and software Engineering, which are concerned with the development of systems for managing data flow. Unprecedented advances in all aspects of information technology have contributed significantly to the predominance of electrical Engineering as the fastest growing discipline in the field of Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture, testing, operation and maintenance of various types of machinery, industrial plants and systems and often includes the executive management of industries.

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering deals with creative and innovative activities and operations involving product design, materials selection, production planning, quality assurance and management and marketing of consumer products, intermediate and capital goods. It includes the concurrent design and development of tooling, processes, machines and equipment, and methods for integrating facilities and systems by which products may be manufactured.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the analysis, design and improvement of integrated industrial systems that stress enterprise development, entrepreneurship and technological innovation. It includes process and systems design, operations research, human factors, information technology and project management that cut across other major Engineering and management disciplines. Industrial Engineering has applications to a broad range of industries including manufacturing firms, processing plants, offshore operations, banks, insurance companies, hospitals and government departments.

Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Bio-systems Engineering

Bio-systems Engineering applies Engineering principles to modern food and fibre production, and to bulk handling, storage and processing systems for biological products. It covers the areas of mechanisation, infrastructural development, post-harvest Technology and Food Engineering, including food plant machinery. All the courses in this area are rooted in the fundamentals of Engineering, e.g. heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, dynamics and mechanics of machines and Engineering Mathematics, however, Engineering applications are focused in the biological/food production areas.

Surveying & Land Information

Land Surveying is the general term used to refer to several sub-disciplines: geodetic Surveying: the theoretical basis and control framework for all other surveys; topographical Surveying: mapping the physical and cultural features on the earth’s surface; Engineering and mining Surveying: the provision of spatial data for the design, construction and monitoring of Engineering and mining works; Cadastral Surveying: delineation and parcellation of property rights and the establishment of a base for effective Land administration; hydrographic Surveying: off shore position-fixing, tidal studies and mapping of water features and coastal areas. Land Surveying provides spatial (geological) and attribute information in the form of maps and other manual records or computer-compatible format to meet the multitude of user needs. The products of Land Surveying are invaluable tools for informed decisions in all spatially-oriented Land and marine-based activities. Satellites and computers have changed the technology of measurement, processing and presentation of information used by the Surveying profession. Simultaneously, spatial information and information theory and practice have acquired greater emphasis in Land Surveying.