Bachelor of Science in Mechanical engineering- The course and where you can expect to work.

Mechanical engineering is a course that is in demand, given the country’s growing need to industrialize rapidly.

At its core, the course inculcates skills in design, maintenance of machines. Other related areas include energy generation. This is a five year course. During the
first three years, one is taught the general design principles, usually using Math and Physics. One also needs to be fairly competent in drawing, since all design must begin as a drawing. Some maintenance on lathe machines, drills and other basic fabrication is also taught. During the fourth and the fifth year, one can specialize in Production engineering, automotive engineering or energy engineering in some Universities. Some Universities also allow one to specialize in areas such as marine engineering, mining engineering, process engineering etc.

In production engineering (some universities call this manufacturing engineering), one will learn the basic skills in production, such as product design, assembly line manufacture, etc. Nearly every product manufactured must pass through a production line or assembly line. Sugar, cooking oil, soap, margarine, chocolate etc must all pass through a production line; therefore every company that manufactures a product will need a production engineer. Production engineering also involves the fabrication of products from metals. Such kind of work is likely to be found in industrial areas of Nairobi and other major towns.

Automotive engineering, as the name suggests, has to mainly deal with cars, their design and manufacture and repair. In Kenya, some employers are likely to be the car assembly line companies such as general Motors East Africa, Toyota etc. Oil companies also do employ automotive engineers.

Energy engineering is one of the fastest rising careers, not just in Kenya, but the world over. As the energy shortage becomes widespread, the demand for energy engineers will become widespread. Renewable energy, such as wind and solar power is a growing field and a very rich research field. Typical employers in the energy sector will likely include Kengen, KPLC, geothermal development company etc. Energy engineers in Kenya are some of the highest paid professionals.

In case you have any question about the course or where you can study it, the fees structure, you can leave a comment in the comments section below, and you will be sure to get a reply.
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