Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya?

Last updated on July 27th, 2023 at 03:38 pm

 Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya? Find out what we feel about your employment prospects if you do this course in this article..

Engineering has several disciplines and one of the most popular disciplines especially in Kenya is mechanical engineering.

Now, if you are thinking of taking a course in mechanical engineering, you may be wondering if it is really marketable.

Below is my answer:

Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya?

Yes! Mechanical engineering is actually one of the most marketable engineering courses in Kenya.

You see, because it is a multifaceted course, there are many engineering jobs you can fit in when it comes to the job market.

Here are some of the mechanical engineering jobs in Kenya you can be hired for once you complete the course:

  • Mechanical Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Maintenance Mechanical Technician
  • Mechanical Draughtsman
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Assistant Mechanical Engineer
  • Technical Operator, Mechanical
  • NPD Tooling Engineer
  • Shift Technician
  • Service Technician (Mechanical)
  • Sales Engineer (for Mechanical Tools)

Now that I have answered your “Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya?” question, let us look at more details about the mechanical engineering course…

What really is Mechanical engineering?

Some students think that mechanical engineering teaches you to repair cars but nothing could be further from the truth..

Now, in essence, mechanical engineering entails the application of science in the analysis, design, development, installation, and maintenance of moving parts.

Put another way, mechanical engineering involves working around machines/other equipment comprising moving parts (examples include production machines, power generating machines, etc.).

And among other roles, you will be researching, developing, designing, fabricating, installing, and maintaining a variety of machines and systems in various fields of application.

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

  • Aptitude and preference for experimenting
  • Enjoy detailed work
  • Mathematical and mechanical aptitude
  • Hands-on and practical approach
  • Ability to visualize objects even in three-dimensions(3D)
  • Effective Decision making
  • Ability to take charge
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Team spirit

What the Job/Career/Professional entails

Among other functions, mechanical engineers carry out the following tasks:-

  • Designing machines such as electric generators
  • Come up with mechanical layout drawings (used for fabrication and/or site works).
  • Maintaining plant equipment and/or machinery (to ensure availability) and improving overall plant performances (to ensure optimal performance).
  • Conducting site visits and overseeing installation of machines/equipment/
  • Design and repair systems installed in buildings such as elevators
  • Carry out machine inspections in line with set guidelines.
  • Perform emergency repairs on machines/equipment/sytems in order to cut down on downtime during production/operation.
  • Requesting mechanical spares to make sure they are always available.
  • Carry out safety awareness sessions to ensure safety during production/operations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Testing and inspecting machines

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

  • Mathematical skills
  • Hands-on approach
  • Logical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Effective communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical thinking
  • Be detail-orientated
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Deductive reasoning


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Mechanical engineering courses in Kenya

Degree (Bachelors)

Here are the degree options when it comes to mechanical engineering in Kenya..

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical & Production Engineering

Minimum entry requirements

KCSE Mean grade: B- (minus)

Additional requirements

In addition, you must have an aggregate score of B plain in the 4 four cluster subjects below (and also have the indicated minimum grade in each subject)

Option A:

Mathematics – C+
Physics -C+
Chemistry – C+
Geography or Biology (Or Any Group III/IV subject) –    C+


Option B:

Mathematics  –  C+
Biological Sciences-  C+
Geography or Biology-  C+
Any Group IV subject


Universities offering mechanical engineering in Kenya (Bsc.)

  • University of Nairobi
  • Moi University- Mechanical & Production Engineering
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Kenyatta university
  • Technical University of Mombasa (TUM)
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology-Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • MultiMedia University of Kenya- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)

Diploma in mechanical engineering

And here are your diploma options, if you did not get the minimum grade needed to pursue a Bsc.:

Diploma In Mechanical Engineering(Plant Option)

The skills you get here make you specialized in manufacturing and power plants

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering(Production Option)

The skills you get here make you specialized in production-related machinery/equipment

Diploma In Mechanical Engineering

This is the more general option and covers multiple machines (production, power, and other equipment) as well as manufacturing plants, jig & tool, vehicle technology, etc.


Minimum entry requirements for Diploma in mechanical engineering in Kenya

Mean Grade: C-

Cluster requirements: None

Craft in mechanical engineering (certificate in mechanical engineering in Kenya)

You can as well start with a craft in mechanical engineering if you did not get the required grade for a Diploma.

Here are the minimum entry requirements:

Mean Grade: D+

Cluster requirements: None

Colleges offering certificate in mechanical engineering in Kenya

BARINGO TVC-call 0702 191409

BORABU TTI-Call 0746 211764

BUNGOMA NORTH TVC-call 0720 488642

BURETI TTI- Call 0704 453337

BUSHIANGALA TTI-Call 020 8059530

BUTERE TVC-call 0727 861270

CHEPSIREI TVC-call 0797868600

CHUKA TVC-call 0717 694181

CIT(coast institute of technology)- Call 041 2011393

EBUKANGA TVC- call 0722 510564

EKERUBO GIETAI TTI- call 0723 832618

ELDAMA RAVINE TVC- call 0713 546595


EMINING TTI- call 0796 098672

EMSOS TVC- call 0796 376783

GATANGA TVC- call 0713 477791

JEREMIAH NYAGAH TTI- Call 0700 334477

KABETE NATIONAL POLY- Call 0713 338683

KAELO TTI- Call 0799 023 005 /0718 399 118

KAIBOI TTI- Call 0727 937937

KAKRAO TVC -Call 0748 805052

KAPCHEROP TVC- Call 0792 638668

KCNP(Kenya Coast National Polytechnic)- Call 0712 725554

KENDEGE TVC- Call 0722 990679

KEROKA TTI- Call 0726 588558

KIHBT(Kenya Institute Of Highways & Building Technology)-CALL 020 2465760

KIMASIAN TVC –Call 0748 186 340 /0716-746-760

KINANGOP TVC- Call 0705 513873

KIPKABUS TVC- Call 0717 130180

KIST(Kiambu Institute of Science & Technology)-Call 0727807 713

KITALE NATIONAL POLY- Call 020 2380086

KISII NATIONAL POLY- Call 058 2031958

KISUMU NATIONAL POLY- Call 057 2501501

LAIKIPIA NORTH TVC- Call 0792 816177

LAISAMIS TVC- Call 0723 166065

LUNGA LUNGA TVC- Call 0714 006831

MABERA TVC- Call 0717 059211

MASAI TTI- Call 0727 738161

MATHIRA TVC- Call 0720 772225

MATILI TTI- Call 0707 747007

MAWEGO TTI- Call 0734 156640

MERU NATIONAL POLY- Call 0719 347059

MITUNGUU TTI- Call 0701 233591

MOLO TVC- Call 0792 961366

MORENDAT TVC- Call 0710 508863

MSAMBWENI TVC- Call 0726 839407

MUKIRIA TTI-Call 0716 674848

MUKURWEINI TTI- Call 0710 440944

MUMIAS WEST TVC- Call 0743 956097

MWALA TVC- Call 0796 536524

NAIROBI TTI- Call 020 6764863

NAIVASHA TVC- Call 0740 429247


NYAKACH TVC- Call 0727 954253

Nyandarua Institute of Science & Technology, Ol Jorok, Nyandarua-Call 051 8011682

NYERI POLY- Call 061 2032330

OL’LESSOS TTI- Call 020 2395160

PC KINYANJUI TTI- Call 020 2042736

RIATIRIMBA TVC- call 0725 657909

RIFT VALLEY TTI- call 0704 244244

RIRAGIA TTI- call 0704 183403

Rift Valley Institute of Science & Technology, Nakuru-Call 0720 668238

SAMBURU TVC- call 0792 359280

SEKU University- call 0736 116989

SHAMBERERE TTI- call 0739 922223

SIALA TTI- Call 0706633334

SIGALAGALA POLY- call 020 2395667

SIRUTI TVC- call 0113 004605


THIKA TTI- Call 0704 857378

TIGANIA EAST TVC- Call 0745 911518

TINDIRET TVC- Call 0746550647

TURKANA EAST TVC- Call 0722 967 87

UGUNJA TVC- Call 0791 226786

ZIWA TTI- Call 0705 981111

Quick Note: You can even start at the Artisan in mechanical engineering level if you got a grade lower than D+! The course is offered by most of the colleges I have listed above so contact them.


Career Prospects in Mechanical Engineering


  • Technician
  • Welder
  • Mechanic
  • Spray painter


  • Electrician
  • Gas operator


  • Electrical technician
  • Plant operator
  • Automotive technician


  • Technologist
  • Medical engineer

Is mechanical engineering marketable in Kenya –Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What does mechanical engineering plant option entail?

The skills you get here make you a specialist engineer in manufacturing and power plants

What is mechanical engineering production option?

The skills you get here you a specialist engineer in production-related machinery/equipment



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