You are welcomed to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MEE) which is one of the founding departments of the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) at Kwara State University (KWASU).
Our undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programme is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary education required for innovative and transferable skills, while preparing them for future leadership and successful life in Kwara State, the country and internationally. The MEE curriculum covers excellence in mathematics, science and engineering, ethics and philosophy, arts and culture, as well as entrepreneurship and/or service that can lead to the continuous development of Kwara State in particular and the society at large. Also the MEE curriculum conforms with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) provided by NUC and COREN.
The MEE programme is also intended to provide an enabling environment where students can uniquely pursue their professional and other interests for robust personal development.
In line with the ethos of KWASU CET, all students in the Department will be required to engage in community service and industrial attachment that will prepare them to work in real world situations. The students will also be required to undertake a two-semester long final year project that will develop their research competencies.
The purpose of this Handbook is to provide information for students, visitors, stakeholders and others who are interested in our MEE programmes. The Handbook must also be a companion and guide for all registered students in the Department. It is envisioned that this first edition of the Handbook will be reviewed within a very short time due to rapid changes in engineering and technology. As the Department grows stronger, its staff compliments to offer more specialist areas of Mechanical Engineering.
Mechanical Engineering (MEE) is undoubtedly the professional father of several branches of engineering practice. The profession has developed through the ages and was notably enhanced by the Industrial Revolution of the seventeenth century (1750 -1900). During the period of industrial revolution the steam engine and several other mechanical devices and mechanisms were developed for the benefit of the human society. In view of this, it is believed that good engineering practice is one of the panaceas for many environmental, social, technical and economic challenges presently being experienced in Nigeria. Therefore the Mechanical Engineering Programme at KWASU is designed to provide new model of innovative thinking and designing that will produce future generations of innovators and designers to effect modern technological changes in the communities.
The Mechanical Engineering Programme at KWASU started in 2010/2011 academic session. The Department started with two (2) students and this has grown to eighteen (18) in the current academic session 2013/2014. The Department presently has one (1) multipurpose workshop equipped with machines for metal work, fabrications, welding etc. The Department is also gradually equipping the following Laboratories: Thermo-fluids, Strength of materials, Mechanics of Machines. The Department uses Metallurgy Laboratory, and computer Laboratory in both Materials Science Engineering and Electronics/Electrical Departments, respectively.
For the future, plans are underway to establish consultancy unit to assist the industries in the immediate environment.
The necessary MEE graduate attributes will be developed and measured through blended mode of instruction, case studies and problem based, project based exercises and experiential learning.
During the first year, students will follow the science-based curriculum for CET. The students will also develop the analytical and experimental skills necessary to understand and later on, modify the physical world in which they live. The first two years of the MEE curriculum is essential to provide the scientific foundation which underpins the specialized courses in later years of the programme. In short, the first and second years should provide the students the foundation in mathematics, physics and engineering science, which should prepare them for lifetime learning in engineering.
In the third year, the students take courses that provide the bedrock of the MEE discipline. The year will focus on the fundamentals in the core areas of specialization. The key concepts will be presented in depth. Teaching and learning will also demonstrate the applications of basic engineering science principles to the design of mechanical components and systems.
The students will specialize during the last two years of the undergraduate programme. In particular, the fifth year will include advanced specialization courses and final year projects that will prepare the students for post-graduate studies and employment in industry or business. Specializations will be in the areas of applied mechanics, advanced manufacturing, control and instrumentation, thermal sciences, process and systems engineering and applied energy (clean energy technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency).
There are some common CET courses or general education courses embedded within the MEE programme (i.e. from Level 100 – Level 500) in line with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards recommended by the Nigeria University Commission and COREN for engineering programmes.
Responsive to the needs of Kwara State government, industry and society at large, the Department will be a leading centre in:
• Producing engineering human resource capital in Manufacturing, Design, Control & Instrumentation, Energy and Building Services capable of improving the standard of living of the people in Kwara State, the country and internationally.
• Carrying out appropriate research and providing advisory services in mechanical engineering discipline.
To achieve its Vision and fulfill its Mission, the Department will hold the following values:
• Professional and Ethical Standards
• Academic Integrity
• Social responsibility / Community development
• Life-long learning
• Student centeredness in teaching, learning and knowledge creation
• Excellence in applied research, innovation and development
• Total quality management.
The Strategic Plan of KWASU identifies seven Core Values or Priority Areas, and the Department’s responses are presented below:
• World Class status
The Department will offer quality academic programmes that will be accredited and which will enhance internationalization of MEE education. The Department will also foster collaboration, linkages and networking with partner departments nationally and internationally.
• Community Development
Engagement with stakeholders and carrying out research of international standard but with local application and focus. The Department will design and deliver short courses and professional development programmes (PDP) and public enlightenment activities.
The MEE Department will hold Open Day annually. This will be an opportunity for the community, prospective students and other stakeholders to interact with students and staff and also tour the teaching and learning facilities. Visitors will be able to ask questions about programmes and courseware, discuss freely with current students and visit laboratories, accommodation and other facilities at KWASU Malete campus.
• ICT Driven
The Department will employ ICT-enhanced instruction, encourage use of appropriate open source learning management system such as Moodle and promote service delivery that will benefit from ICT and digital scholarship. A departmental portal will be developed which would be user friendly to answer queries posed by various stakeholders.
Research Clusters will be created to respond to local and national needs e.g. in energy provision, manufacturing and sustainable development. Research proposals will be developed to address multidisciplinary issues and challenges. Staff will publish research findings in high quality outlets both nationally and internationally. As soon as practically possible, research post - graduate programmes will be introduced in the Department.
• Funding Generation and Financial Independence
The Department will establish an Industrial Advisory Committee to ensure strong links with industry. The need for a strong advisory board is enormous. A close study of the most successful engineering programmes elsewhere indicates that applied research has been the cornerstone. These activities derive their importance from collaboration with industry. Therefore, there is a paradigm shift in the way engineering programmes are designed, delivered and assessed. They are now based on relevance/responsiveness to industry, flexibility, accommodation of prior learning, life - long learning, communication ability of graduates, management and entrepreneurial skills, and quality assurance.
It is envisioned that the Department will offer Energy Management courses drawing on the expertise and resources in CET and other colleges of KWASU. This will enable the Department to grow research or provide professional service to the community. Consultancy services will also be delivered to generate extra income and enable staff utilize their professional skills and competencies.
• Skills and Integrity
The Department will employ highly skilled staff and encourage them to enroll for higher degrees (where necessary) or/and PhD. The Department will promote integrity in research, learning, teaching and professional matters.
Mechanical engineering undergraduate programme focuses its attention on three (3) main specialisation areas or options which are as follows:
1. Solid Mechanics / Design
3. Industrial /Production
The graduates in Mechanical Engineering have the opportunities of getting employment to work in a wide range of industries. Mechanical engineers are employed in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, electronic, industrial machinery, manufacturing, mining, oceanographic, petroleum, pharmaceutical, power, printing, publishing, and textile industries.