Overview of the Faculty
The Engineering industry is dictating the pace of development in the world and it is no doubt that many industries are finding the engineering profession an economically viable entity. The Faculty of Engineering is made of three departments namely: Mechanical Engineering Department, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department, and the Civil Engineering Department; providing a two-year Bachelor of Technology (BTech) top-up programmes, Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes, and other professional programmes.
The Faculty introduces students to basic engineering principles, and trains engineers who are capable of making a career in teaching, research, commerce, and industry using state-of-the-art teaching methods.
In line with the vision to provide global excellence in competency-based and practice-oriented training, applied research and technology transfer, the faculty offers outstanding Engineering courses with state-of-the-art laboratories and reputed lecturers who have taught for many years and assumed established authorities in their various fields of study.
Providing practical expertise is at the heart of the faculty. In making this possible, the faculty has collaborated and partnered with various institutions like A-Tech Group Korea Incorporation, Vaasan Ammattikorkeakoulu (VAMK), University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority among a few others to offer students the needed competency-based training in various engineering fields.
The faculty also has a facility at Mpehuasem-Samsam designated as an engineering practical hub for various engineering explorations and training. The faculty through the University has established a drone technology centre in collaboration with the A-Tech Group Korea Incorporation, to run a course in drone assembly, programming and flight training.
The faculty is set to introduce exciting new programmes in the coming academic year, including a 2-year Master of Project Management in Engineering, in collaboration with the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
Explore our departments below:
BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY (BTECH – 2-YEAR TOP-UP)
- BTech Mechanical Engineering
- BTech Automobile Engineering
- BTech Electrical/Electronics Engineering
- Power and Automation Engineering option
- Telecommunications Engineering option
- BTech Civil Engineering
HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA (HND)
- HND Mechanical Engineering
- HND Electrical/Electronics Engineering
- HND Building Technology
- HND Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Technician Part I
- Motor Vehicle Technician Part I
- Electrical Engineering Technician Part I & II
- Refrigeration Technician Part II
HND CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAMME
The Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering was established in 1993 as part of the then Department of Building and Civil Engineering. The purpose of the HND Civil Engineering Programme is to train middle-level management personnel to provide the needed supervisory role to link theory and practice in the civil engineering and construction industry.
The Department was decoupled from the Department of Building Technology in 2007 and has since been known as the Department of Civil Engineering.
- To achieve this aim the following objectives among others are pursued:
- To assist trainees (students) improve upon and strengthen their backgrounds in general education
and in the engineering field;
- To provide opportunities for trainees to develop essential knowledge and skills in
communication, computing and information technology.
- To assist trainees to acquire knowledge and skills in specific areas as they apply to the civil engineering industry such as Site inspection, Surveying, Material testing, Contract administration and execution, Civil Engineering Analysis and Design, Management of construction activities and environmental impact, Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation, Road Maintenance and Transportation.
- To develop trainees entrepreneurial and management skills in order to encourage them to enter
into small scale construction enterprises to expand the private sector.
Over the years, the programme has seen growth in student numbers and running of part-time HND in Civil Engineering. The quality of our programme has attracted students all over Africa especially Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Gabon, Mali and Burkina Faso. As part of the requirement of the award of the HND Civil Engineering Certificate, students are expected to conduct a research project and produce a report on their 3-year studies which helps in determining the quality of students sent to the world of works.
Nonetheless, the department also employs competency-based training which ensures that graduates have the skills to perform all engineering duties with no or minimal supervision. Students are introduced and taught to solve complex real-world problems through problem-based learning (PBL) techniques like case studies, role-playing and simulation are used extensively to develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities and communication skills. The programme also requires students a minimum of three months of industrial attachment/the internship which helps them to develop practical skills in Civil Engineering as well as its associated attributes such as ethical values, tacit-knowledge, aptitude and stamina.
2-YEAR BTECH CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAMME
The 2-year Bachelor of Technology (Btech) programme in Civil Engineering is a two-year programme of four semesters. Due to contemporary changes in technology, there is the need to upgrade the HND graduates and their technical equivalent to face the growing challenges being experienced in the industry. The main objectives of the B-Tech (civil engineering) programme are to further strengthen and increase the competencies of construction staff, to meet the demands for highly qualified personnel needed for the country’s socio-economic and manpower development. It will also enhance the progression in the education of HND graduates in civil engineering and their membership acceptance into professional bodies. The introduction of this programme will pave the way for the M-Tech degree programme in civil engineering in the near future.
The graduate Civil Engineer shall be suitable for employment in the Government and Public agencies involved in the construction and consultancy services such as Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads, Department of Feeder Roads, Architectural and Engineering Services Ltd, Public Works Department, the District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies as well as private consulting and construction firms; Teaching and Research in 2nd and 3rd cycle institutions, Petroleum Industry, Financial and Banking Sectors, NGO’s and Self Employment.
WATER AND SANITATION ENGINEERING (NEW PROGRAMME)
The proposed 4-Year Bachelor of Technology in Water and Sanitation Engineering programme was developed following the upgrading of the Polytechnic to a Technical University to provide career-focused and competency-based training in Water and Sanitation Engineering at the tertiary level to produce graduates with the relevant hands-on experience and entrepreneurial skills to satisfy the manpower needs of the water and sanitation sector.
The programme in water and sanitation engineering aims at training industry-ready engineers to acquire knowledge, skills and competences in the fields of water resources engineering, water supply engineering and environmental sanitation technologies to innovatively tackle the current water and environmental sanitation challenges facing the nation and beyond. It is the application
of engineering principles and approaches to solve water and sanitation-related problems.
The curriculum is designed to introduce students to all aspects of water and sanitation technology. The course provides an understanding of the theory and training in technical skills, as well as critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that graduates will need to work as engineers, technologists, managers or senior managers in the water and sanitation industry.
The Bachelor of Technology programme is a four-year programme that will run over a period of eight semesters and sixteen-weeks per semester. There will be a supervised workplace learning (industrial attachment) for twelve weeks at the end of the fourth and sixth semesters. The Industrial Attachment in the Eight Semester (Year 4, 2nd Semester) will be for sixteen weeks. Students will be awarded marks for the attachment as contained in the University’s Industrial Attachment Policy approved by the Academic Board.
4-YEAR BTECH CIVIL ENGINEERING (NEW PROGRAMME)
The proposed Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering programme will have a duration of four (4) years comprising of eight (8) semesters and will cover areas of structural engineering and construction, highway and transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, water supply, sanitation and environmental engineering, administration of contracts and project management. Rural water supply shall be emphasized and also disaster management and post-disaster retrofitting of infrastructure.
The emphasis of the Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering will be to equip the graduates with the necessary practical skills required in industry. The programme seeks: to produce engineers with requisite expertise in the various fields of
civil engineering, including structural, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, road and transportation engineering and construction management to fill the skills gap in the public and private sector organisations; to provide technical skills in civil engineering design and analysis as well as mathematics and basic sciences consistent with higher education accreditation and
national technological needs; to equip graduates with the requisite knowledge to undertake planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of urban and rural infrastructure; to equip graduates with operational skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to be successful middle and senior management and leaders capable of applying sound principles and approaches to solving civil engineering problems and to develop skills which will be responsive
and relevant to the country’s human resource requirements at the functional and strategic levels
in the civil engineering industry;
The relevance of the proposed programme may be linked to Goals Two and Three of the Five Strategic Goals of the Long-term National Development Plan of Ghana (NDPG, 2018-2057)
which are stated as follows:
- Goal Two: Create an Equitable, Healthy and Prosperous Society;
- Goal Three: Build Well-Planned and Safe Communities while Protecting the Natural Environment.
The government has identified the following as critical to bring about the realization of the set
- Provision and development of transport infrastructure, which includes roads, aviation,
maritime and water transport, railway and logistics;
- Water and water-related infrastructure that are concerned with water resources
management, water supply and integrated waste management;
- Irrigation infrastructure to ensure drainage, flood control and coastal protection;
- Housing development and Construction industry development.
The Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the industry. This will be achieved by the involvement of industry professionals in the development and review of curriculum, training and assessment of students course and project work. Students will undertake industrial training at the end of each Academic Year during the course of training to enable them to gain experience and exposure.
At the end of the industrial training, the student will be required to write and submit reports, which will be assessed in part by industry experts. Students will be required to embark on industrial visits to be abreast with modern trends in civil engineering. There will also be special lectures by industry experts as well as virtual internship programmes where industry sets up offices on campus to train students during vacation.