Is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya?

So, is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya?

This is probably the question in your mind if this is the course you have been admitted into by KUCCPS..

So, is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya really?

Here is what you need to know when it comes to your job prospects with the course:

Is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya? / Is electrical and electronic engineering marketable in Kenya?

The short answer is YES! Electrical engineers are in huge demand in Kenya- just like in the rest of the World.

The truth is, graduates of electrical engineering find jobs fairly easily compared to engineering disciplines like medical engineering where opportunities are significantly limited.

I should add that electrical engineering is my second favorite engineering course after civil engineering (civil engineering seems to have the highest number of job opportunities in Kenya)

So yeah, you are likely to get meaningful employment with your electrical engineering degree or diploma once you complete the course.

Now that I have answered your “is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya?” question, let us look at the course in deeper detail.

We shall start by looking at what the course is all about…

What is electrical engineering?

Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the technology of electricity.

In a nutshell, electrical engineers typically research, design, develop/build, test, and oversee the manufacturing and final installation of electrical equipment/components/systems in commercial, industrial, private, military, or even scientific establishments.

Remember that while the power option is the most known, there are other options including Electrical and communication/telecommunications option (this prepares you for work in the telecommunications industry) and even Instrumentation and Control option(Control and instrumentation engineers generally monitor and control a variety of engineering systems, machines, and processes).

 

What the Career/Profession entails

Electrical engineers carry out the following tasks among other functions:

Generate, distribute and manage all appliances and installations that generate/use electrical energy.

Work on varieties of projects, such as computer robots, cell phones, cards, radars and lighting systems in buildings.

Key skills and interests required to pursue a career in this field

  • Independent thinker and the ability to visualize things
  • Above -average mathematical and scientific skills
  • Originality and initiative
  • Collaboration/Team spirit
  • Inquiring and analytical mind
  • Project management skills
  • Keenness to learn
  • Effective problem solving skills

 

 

Electrical engineering requirements in Kenya

Below is electrical engineering courses in Kenya requirements (minimum):

Degree in electrical engineering in Kenya

KCSE Mean grade: B- (minus)

Cluster subjects and requirements

Mean grade of B plain(at least) in the following 4 cluster subjects (and you must have the indicated grades in the individual subjects)

  • Mathematics- C+ (at least)
  • Physics- C+(at least)
  • Chemistry -C+(at least)
  • Geography/Biology, or any group III or group IV subject- C+(at least)

Keep in mind that the minimum entry requirements vary from one university to another.

For example, here is what you need (at least) to pursue an electrical engineering course in Kenya (Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical& Electronic Engineering) at the Technical University of Kenya:

KCSE Mean grade: C+

Cluster subjects and requirements

Mean grade of C plus(at least) in the following 4 cluster subjects (and you must have the indicated grades in the individual subjects)

  • Mathematics- C+ (at least)
  • Physics- C+(at least)
  • Chemistry -C+(at least)
  • Biology/ or any group III/ group IV/group V subject- C+(at least)

 

That said, the course is –just like other engineering courses in Kenya- very competitive and you may need a better grade to be admitted especially under government-sponsorship.

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Other acceptable qualifications:

Diploma(TEP) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or a Higher Diploma(H.Dip.) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from an accredited institution

 

Universities offering electrical engineering in Kenya

University of Nairobi– Electrical& Electronic Engineering

Moi University– Eng. (Bachelor of Engineering) -Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Bachelor of Technology in Electrical& Communications Engineering

JKUAT– Electrical& Electronic Engineering

Dedan University of Technology (Nyeri)- Electrical& Electronic Engineering

Kenyatta University (KU)- Bachelor of Science in Electrical& Electronics Engineering

Technical University of Mombasa(TUM)

Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology(MMUST)

 

Diploma in electrical engineering requirements in Kenya

Still on the requirements for electrical engineering course in Kenya, here is what you need to be admitted into a Diploma program in any of the TVET Colleges, Technical Training Institutes, National Polytechnic, and Universities offering the course:

KCSE Mean grade: C-

Minimum cluster subject requirements: None

Bear in mind that if you want to take your diploma at a University like Multimedia University of Kenya, you need C plain (KCSE mean grade) plus a C- (at least) in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics/Physical Science
  • English/ Kiswahili

Other acceptable qualifications:

A pass in artisan course in electrical installation/engineering/Electrical & Electronic Technology (KNEC).

 

Requirements for an electrical engineering certificate course in Kenya

Now, you can as well start with a certificate course if you do not have the needed grade to join a diploma directly.

Here are the minimum entry grades for certificate courses such as Certificate In Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Power Option), Certificate In Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Instrumentation & Control Option), Craft In Electrical Engineering, Certificate In Electrical Engineering (Telecommunication Option), and Certificate In Electrical &Electronic Engineering:

KCSE Mean grade: D+

Minimum cluster subject requirements: None

Quick Note: You can even do the course with a D plain but you must start at the craft level.

Colleges offering diploma in electrical engineering courses in Kenya and certificate in electrical engineering

Just note that most of these are public institutions:

  • ALDAI TTI
  • ASM TTI(AhmedShahame Mwidani T.T.I)
  • BARINGO TC
  • BELGUT TVC
  • BOMET TVC
  • BONDO TTI
  • BORABU TVC
  • BUMBE TTI
  • BUNGOMA NORTH TVC
  • BURETI TTI
  • BUSHIANGALA TTI
  • BUTERE TVC
  • CHAMASIRI TVC
  • CHANZEYWE TVC
  • CHEPSIREI TVC
  • CHERANGANY TVC
  • CHUKA TVC
  • CIT(Coast institute of technology)
  • DAVID M WAMBULI TVC
  • EASA(East African school of aviation)
  • EBUKANGA TVC
  • EKERUBO GIETAI TTI
  • ELDAMA RAVINE TVC
  • ELDORET POLY
  • EMSOS TVC
  • EMURUA DIKIRR TTI
  • ENDEBESS TTI
  • GATANGA TVC
  • GATUNDU SOUTH TVC
  • GITWEBE TTI
  • GODOMA TTI
  • IKUTHA TVC
  • JEREMIAH NYAGAH TTI
  • KABETE NATIONAL POLYTECHNICAL
  • KAELO TTI
  • KAIBOI T I
  • KAJIADO EAST TVC
  • KAKRAO TVC
  • KANDARA TVC
  • KAPCHEROP TVC
  • KAREN TTI
  • KARUMO TTI
  • KASARANI TVC
  • KATINE
  • KBBU
  • KCNP (Kenya coast national polytechnic)
  • KENDEGE
  • KERICHO TOWNSHIP TVC
  • KERIO VALLEY TVC
  • KEROKA TTI
  • KIBWEZI TVC
  • KIENI TVC
  • KIHBT
  • KIIRUA TTI
  • KIMASIAN TVC
  • KIMC(Kenya Institute of Mass Communication)
  • KIMININI TVC
  • KINANGO TVC
  • KINANGOP TVC
  • KIPIPIRI TVC
  • KIPKABUS TVC
  • KIPSINENDE TVC
  • KIPSOEN TVC
  • KIST(Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology)
  • KISTVC
  • KITALE NATIONAL polytechnic
  • KITELAKAPEL TTI
  • KITUTU MASABA TVC
  • KONGONI TVC
  • KONOIN TTI
  • KOSHIN TTI
  • Kisii national Polytechnic
  • Kisumu national Polytechnic
  • LAIKIPIA EAST TVC
  • LIMURU TVC
  • LODWAR TVC
  • MABERA TVC
  • MANDERA TTI
  • MASAI TTI
  • MATHENGE TTI
  • MATHIOYA TVC
  • MATHIRA TVC
  • MATILI TTI
  • MAWEGO TTI
  • MERTI TTI
  • MERU national Polytechnic
  • MICHUKI TTI
  • MITUNGUU TTI
  • MMTVC
  • MOCHONGOI TVC
  • MOLO TVC
  • MSAMBWENI TVC
  • MUKIRIA TTI
  • MUKIRIA TTI
  • MUKURWEINI TTI
  • MUMIAS WEST TVC
  • MURAGA TVC
  • MURANGA TVC
  • MUSAKASA TTI
  • MUT(Muranga University of Technology)
  • MWALA TVC
  • NACHU TVC
  • NAIROBI TTI
  • NAIVASHA TVC
  • NDIA TVC
  • NGONG TVC
  • NKABUNE TTI
  • NUU TVC
  • NYAKACH TVC
  • Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology
  • Nyeri National Polytechic
  • OKAME TVC
  • OL’LESSOS TTI
  • OMUGA TVC
  • OROGARE TVC
  • PCKINYANJUI TTI
  • RACHUONYO TVC
  • RANGWE TVC
  • RIAT(Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology)
  • RIFT VALLEY TTI
  • RIRAGIA TTI
  • RTTI(Rift Valley Technical Training Institute)
  • RUNYENJES TVC
  • RVIST(Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology)
  • SABATIA TVC
  • SAMBURU TVC
  • SEKU(South Eastern Kenya University)
  • SEME TVC
  • SHAMBERERE TTI
  • SIALA TTI
  • Sigalagala National Polytechnic
  • SIKRI TTIBD(Sikri Technical Training Institute for the Blind and Deaf)
  • SIRISIA TVC
  • SIRUTI TVC
  • SIST(Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology)
  • SIT(Siaya Institute of Technology)
  • SOT TTI
  • SOTIK TTI
  • JOSEPH TI
  • TANA RIVER TVC
  • TAVETA TVC
  • TETU TVC
  • THARAKA TVC
  • THIKA TTI
  • TIGANIA EAST TVC
  • TINDIRET TVC
  • TOTAL TVC
  • TSEIKURU TTI
  • TURKANA EAST TVC
  • UGENYA TVC
  • UGUNJA TVC
  • WEBUYE WEST TVC
  • WERU TVC
  • WOTE TTI
  • ZIWA TTI

 

Career prospects for holders of electrical engineering qualifications

Craft qualification

  • Technician
  • CAD(Computer Aided Design) Technician

Diploma  qualification

  • Technician
  • Technical sales assistant
  • Electrician

Degree

  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Consultant Network Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • System Analyst
  • Contracting electrical Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer- electrical/electronics

Is electronic and computer engineering marketable in Kenya?

While your question was “is electrical engineering marketable in Kenya?”,  some of you have been asking us about the marketability of electronic and computer engineering in Kenya..

If you are in this group, here is my opinion about a combined electronics and computer engineering course in Kenya:

Overall, computer engineering is not a marketable course and that means there are very few jobs that need a certificate or diploma in electronic and computer engineering in Kenya.

Instead, do a pure electrical engineering course (if you dream of working as an electrical engineer) or a pure ICT course like a Degree in ICT (if you find working around computers fun).

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Is computer engineering marketable in Kenya?

Is automotive engineering marketable in Kenya?

Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya?

Is civil engineering marketable in Kenya?

 

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CPA John Gitahi is a former college lecturer and has been involved in education all his life. He's passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University and runs several successful online entreprises. He is also an avid traveller.

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