Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Plant Option [All you need to know]

Here is all you need to know about the diploma in mechanical engineering plant option in Kenya…

Mechanical engineering is a broad and versatile field that encompasses various sub-disciplines, that is plant, production, and automotive options.

So, if you decide to study diploma in mechanical engineering, you will have to choose between the three engineering disciplines.

That being so, in this article, we will be talking about the diploma in mechanical engineering plant option; what it entails and some of the most important things that you should know about this course.

So, read on to the very end to learn more.

Without further ado, let’s get started…


Diploma in mechanical engineering plant option (All you need to know)


What does mechanical engineering plant option entail?

The mechanical engineering plant option is primarily concerned with the maintenance, operation, design, installation, and supervision of any power plant processes at industrial and manufacturing plants.

Thus, this diploma program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in industries that rely on complex mechanical systems and processes, such as power plants, chemical plants, manufacturing facilities, and other industrial settings.

Typically, you will acquire skills and knowledge to specialize in manufacturing and power plants.

In short, as a plant mechanical engineer, you will be in charge of designing, implementing, repairing, and maintaining plant machinery, as well as investigating problems and devising solutions.

Keeping this in mind,,,


What are the roles of a plant mechanical engineer?

Overall, plant mechanical engineers are in charge of ensuring that the mechanical systems and equipment in industrial facilities operate efficiently, safely, and reliably.

Hence, their work contributes significantly to the plant’s overall productivity and success.

So, in a nutshell, as a plant mechanical engineer, you will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Inspecting, monitoring, and maintaining various mechanical systems and equipment of manufacturing plants, such as pumps, boilers, conveyors, and HVAC systems, among others.
  • You will be involved in the selection of mechanical equipment and components, taking into account factors such as cost, efficiency, reliability, and industry standards compliance.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing mechanical failures and issues so that components can be repaired or replaced as needed
  • You will be in charge of supervising the installation of new mechanical equipment and systems.
  • Managing and supervising mechanical engineering projects, such as the construction, installation, and commissioning of new equipment and systems.
  • Investigating and putting ideas to the test in order to improve existing systems or overcome machinery issues
  • Making parts, as well as installing and testing machinery.
  • Ensuring that mechanical systems and equipment meet safety standards and regulations.
  • Assessing and mitigating mechanical system risks in order to avoid accidents and unplanned downtime.
  • You may also be required to train and supervise technicians and operators on how to use and maintain mechanical equipment.

Moving on…


What are the typical Plant mechanical engineering jobs in Kenya?

Given that you will have a thorough understanding of steam boilers and steam systems, waste incinerators, water systems, refrigeration and air conditioning, equipment operation and maintenance, and so on, the following are typical jobs you are likely to land:

  • Plant Assistant Engineer
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Plant Maintenance & Operation Technician
  • Plant Operator
  • General Technician
  • Apprentice (Boiler Man & Steam Engineer)


Skills that you should possess as a plant mechanical engineer

As previously stated, a plant mechanical engineer is responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of mechanical systems and equipment in an industrial or manufacturing plant.

That being so, the following are some of the essential skills and qualities you should have in order to succeed in the above:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Mathematics knowledge
  • Design skills and knowledge
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to work well with your hands
  • Analytical skills
  • Material knowledge
  • Ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • Practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • Ability to overcome performance barriers.
  • Willingness to learn & impart knowledge
  • Computer literacy


Diploma in mechanical engineering plant option salary

The salary for someone with a diploma in mechanical engineering plant option obviously varies depending on a variety of factors, including location, experience, and the industry or company for which you work.

However, some sources state that the monthly salary ranges between Kshs. 38,000 and Kshs. 70,000.



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Diploma in mechanical engineering plant option entry requirements

To enroll in this course, you must have the following minimum entry requirements:

A KCSE mean grade of C- (minus)

Cluster subject requirements: NONE (there are no minimum subject requirements for this course)

Alternatively, if you have a pass in a relevant craft certificate qualification, you can also enroll in the course.

Course duration: 3 years


Colleges offering diploma in mechanical engineering plant option

So, are you looking for an institution in Kenya where you can pursue the diploma in mechanical engineering plant option?

Well, this course is offered by a number of technical institutes, national polytechnics, and even TVET colleges in Kenya.

Among them are:

  • Kipkabus Technical and Vocational College
  • Ziwa Technical Training Institute
  • Nyeri National Polytechnic
  • Meru National Polytechnic
  • Kisumu National Polytechnic
  • Kabete National Polytechnic
  • Eldoret National Polytechnic
  • Bureti Technical Training Institute
  • Coast institute of Technology
  • Eldoret Technical Training Institute
  • Railway Training Institute
  • Kaiboi Technical Training Institute
  • Nairobi Technical Training Institute
  • Siaya Institute of Technology
  • Mumias West Technical & Vocational College
  • Kenya Coast National Polytechnic
  • Mitunguu Technical Training Institute
  • Thika Technical Training Institute


Diploma in mechanical engineering plant option fees

So, if you enroll in any of the above-mentioned public institutions, the tuition fee for the course is Kshs. 67,189 per academic year (the course will take you three years to complete).

The following is a breakdown of the fees:

Term 1: Kshs. 35,220

Term 2: Kshs. 31,969


In addition, when joining, you will need to budget for the following (required during admission):

  • Registration fee
  • Student ID fee
  • Student levy
  • KUCCPS fee
  • Course necessities (including required course materials and tools)

Please keep in mind that the above additional fees differ from one institution to the other, so you should confirm with the institution you intend to join.

Also, keep in mind that the above fee does not include accommodation or meals, so you will need to budget for them separately.


How to apply for the course

So, the most convenient and best way to apply for the diploma course at any of the above public colleges is through the KUCCPS portal (when it is open for applications).

Remember that admission through KUCCPS guarantees that you will be eligible for government scholarships and loans.


Wrap up

So that’s all we have on the diploma in mechanical engineering plant option.

Hopefully, this article will be useful in assisting you in making an informed decision as you prepare to enroll in the course.

Good luck!



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