MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Curriculum and Course Specifications

for

NATIONAL DIPLOMA (ND)

in

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. CERTIFICATION AND TITLE OF THE PROGRAMME:
  2. The certificate to be awarded and the programme title shall read: “NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY”

2.0 GOAL AND OBJECTIVES 

Goal 

The National Diploma (ND) programme in Mechanical Engineering Technology is aimed at producing technicians with knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out installation, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of mechanical and related systems, components and equipment for the public and private sectors of the economy

Objectives 

On completion of ND Mechanical Engineering Technology programme, the diplomates should be able to: 

  1. Apply basic principles of Science and Mathematics to solve Engineering problems.
  2. Prepare and interpret engineering drawings of mechanical equipment, their components and systems; 
  3. Carry out machining, welding and fabrication operations.
  4. Assist in preparing CNC part programs and use CNC machines to make simple jobs as well as interface CAD/CAM machines. 
  5. Produce and assemble machine components.  
  6. Operate, maintain and service mechanical equipment safely. 
  7. Prepare appropriate engineering report. 
  8. Carry out plant installation and maintenance. 
  9. Apply management principles in organising supervisory groups and in the arrangement of sequence of activities. 

ij Set up and manage an enterprise. – Use computer and IT tools for creating document, making spreadsheet and presentation. 

  1. Use software like AutoCAD and Solid Works to prepare drawings.

3.0 MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

Candidates for admission into the programme should have a minimum of: 

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) with credit passes in at least five subjects at not more than two sittings which must include English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and one other subject from
  1. biology, 
  2. agricultural science, 
  3. further mathematics, 
  4. economics, 
  5. statistics, technical drawing, auto-mechanics, metal work and other relevant subject. 
  • (ii) GCE ´O‟ Level or its equivalent (Teachers Grade II or Senior School Certificate) with credit passes in five relevant subjects as specified in (i) above. 
  • (iii) National Technical Certificate (NTC) with credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English Language and in the Mechanical Trade areas.

4.0 DURATION 

The duration of the programme is two academic sessions consisting of four semesters of 18 weeks per semester.

5.0 CURRICULUM 

5.1 The curriculum of ND programme is made up of four main components. These are: 

  1. General studies/education 
  2. Foundation courses 

iii. Professional courses 

  1. Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) 

5.2 The General Education component shall include courses in: 

  1. Art and Humanities – English Language, Communication, History. 
  2. Social Studies – Citizenship Education, Political Science Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, Entrepreneurship, Philosophy and Sociology are compulsory. 

iii. Physical and Health Education – One semester credit only. 

5.3 The General Education component shall account for not more than 15% of the total contact hours for the programme. 

5.4 Foundation courses include courses in Mathematics, Pure Sciences, Technical Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, Statistics, etc. The number of hours for the programme may account for about 10-15% of the total contact hours. 

5.5. Professional courses are core courses of the programme that give the student the theory and professional skills he needs to practice his field of calling at the technician/technologist level. These may account for between 60-70% of the contact hours. 

5.6. Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) shall be taken during the long vacation following the end of the second semester of the first year. 

Personal Logbook: The students to maintain a personal Logbook to record all the daily and weekly summary of all the practical activities in all the semesters.

6.0 CURRICULUM STRUCTURE 

The structure of the National Diploma programme consists of four semesters of classroom, laboratory and workshop activities in the college, and a semester (3-4 months) of student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). Each semester shall be of 18 weeks duration made up of the following: 

  1. 15 contact weeks of teaching, i.e. recitation, practical exercise, quizzes, test, etc, and 
  2. 3 weeks for examinations and registration. SIWES shall take place at the end of the second semester of the first year.

7.0 ACCREDITATION 

The Diploma programme shall be accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) before the diplomates can be awarded the National Diploma certificates. 

8.0 AWARD OF NATIONAL DIPLOMA 

Conditions for the award of National Diploma include the following: 

  1. Satisfactory performance in all prescribed course work which may include class work, tests, quizzes, workshop practice and laboratory work which should amount to a minimum of between 72 and 80 semester credit units. 
  2. Supervised industrial work experience for four months. 
  3. Satisfactory performance at all semester examinations.
  4. Satisfactory completion of final year project work. Normally, continuous assessment contributes 30% while semester examinations are weighted 70% to make a total of 100%. The industrial training is rated on the basis of pass or fail.

 

The National Diploma certificates shall be awarded based on the Standardized Unified Grading System as follows:       

Mark Range (%)

Letter Grade

Weighting

75 and Above
A
4.00
65 – 69
B
3.25
60 – 64
BC
3.00
55 – 59
C
2.75
50 – 54
CD
2.50
45 – 49
D
2.25
40 – 44
E
2.00
Below 40
F
0.00
  1. Unified Class of National Diploma

National Diploma should be awarded in four classes:

Distinction
CGPA of 3.5 and above
Upper credit
CGPA of 3.00 – 3.49
Lower credit
CGPA of 2.50 – 2.99
Pass
CGPA of 2.00 – 2.49

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