So, is mechatronic engineering marketable in Kenya?
Well, below is what you need to understand about your job prospects if you take a mechatronic engineering course in Kenya
Is mechatronic engineering marketable in Kenya?
Now, like other engineering disciplines in Kenya, mechatronic engineering is a marketable course in Kenya.
And here is why I feel that mechatronic engineering can be a good course to do in Kenya:
Any company/firm that makes a product(or device) that uses a mixture of mechanical parts, electrical components, and some control systems hire Mechatronics Engineeers.
That being so, you’ll find jobs in countless industries including truck, automotive, heavy equipment industries, aircraft design, and even companies that make appliances (Companies like LG, Samsung, GE, Haeir, Sharp, Etc).
In a nutshell, mechatronic engineering is a multi-disciplinary engineering course that enables you to work in a wide range of industries/economic sectors so you are likely to have a variety of job opportunities to choose from.
Typical responsibilities for holders of mechatronic engineering course in Kenya
- Enhancing electro-mechanical systems / mechatronic devices.
- Identifying areas that are weak in a production line and making necessary recommendations.
- Investigating problems and designing solutions that will satisfy them.
- Selecting required tools (and materials) for the production process.
- Perform day-to-day maintenance to ensure machinery continue to operate effectively.
- Perform equipment/parts audits
- Relocate, install, and modify electronic, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic or pneumatic machineries and equipment.
- Communicate/interact with clients, technicians, and other officials to ensure smooth flow of work and processes
- Find faults in a professional manner and perform repairs.
- Ensuring proper record keeping history regarding every equipment supplied.
- Oversee safety issues regarding the operation of equipment.
- Research field advancements and initiate upgrades/modifications to production systems.
- Developing physics-based multibody dynamics models (of powertrain and mechanical/electric drive-line products)
- Provide design recommendations to ensure products meets customer specifications.
Career prospects for mechatronic engineering in Kenya
- Mechatronics/Instrumentation Technician
- Service Technician (Mechatronic)
- Mechatronic Engineer
- Robotics Engineer
- Manufacturing Equipment Engineer
- CAE Engineer – Mechatronics
Qualifications for mechatronic engineering courses in Kenya
Let us now look at the minimum grades you need to take mechatronic engineering courses in Kenya….
Overall, the following courses are available when it comes to mechatronic engineering locally:
- Degree in mechatronics Engineering
- HND(Higher National Diploma) in mechatronics Engineering
- Diploma in mechatronics Engineering
Here are the minimum entry qualifications for each of the courses:
Requirements for a Degree in mechatronic engineering in Kenya
Overall, you must have passed very well in your KCSE especially if you want to join the course under government sponsorship.
In fact, because not many universities in Kenya offer the course, studying opportunities are limited and sometime only students with straight As in KCSE qualify for the programmer under government sponsorship.
Here are the general requirements to pursue a Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Mechatronic Engineering in universities such as JKUAT for self-sponsored students:
KCSE mean grade: B-
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)
|Mathematics – B|
|Physics – C+|
|Geography or Biology or Any Group IV subject – C+|
|Mathematics – C+|
|Physical Sciences- B|
|Biological Sciences- C+|
|Geography or Biology or Any Group IV subject – C+|
Other acceptable qualifications
- Diploma in a relevant field (with a credit pass) from a reputable institution
- KNEC diploma (in a relevant field)
- A HND(Higher National Diploma) in a relevant field.
That said, universities such as Dedan Kimathi University have friendlier Entry requirements.
Just so you know, you need a C+ (KCSE mean grade) and a C+ (Minimum) in these three subjects: Maths, Chemistry, and Physics to take the course at Dedan Kimath University.
READ: High school subjects in Kenya [Full list and groups]
Universities offering mechatronic engineering course in Kenya
Here now are some of the best universities that you can attend for your telecommunication engineering course in Kenya:
- JKUAT (BSc. Mechatronic Engineering)- See more details
- Dedan Kimathi University- See more details
- TUK (Technical University of Kenya)- See more details
Diploma in mechatronic Engineering
KCSE mean grade: C plain
Cluster Subject Requirements
You need a C- in all these subjects:
Keep in mind that for a KNEC/CDACC Diploma in mechatronic engineering in colleges like Mumias West TVC, the requirements are as follows:
KCSE mean grade: C- (Minus). You also need a C- in Maths/Physics.
You can also be admitted with a KNEC Craft Certificate(Module II) in a relevant field.
Universities and Colleges offering Diploma in mechatronic engineering in Kenya
The following institutions offer a Diploma in mechatronic engineering in Kenya..
- Dedan Kimathi University – View more details
- ASM TTI (Ahmed Shahame Mwidani Technical and Vocational College), Mombasa- Call 0746 748481
- Coast Institute of Technology(CIT),Voi-Call 041 2011393
- Katine TTI, Tala – Call 0719 508039
- Kipsoen TVC, Elgeyo Marakwet County-Call 0797 868768
- Mumias West TVC, Musanda- Call 0743 956097
- Musakasa TTI, Malaba Road, Bungoma- Call 0717 624837
- North Eastern National Polytechnic, Garissa- Call 0716 061788
Masters in mechatronic engineering
You can advance to an MSc. in Mechatronic Engineering at JKUAT..
Here are the minimum entry requirements for a Master of Science (Msc.) in Mechatronic Engineering at JKUAT:
Bsc. degree in Mechatronic Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical & Electronic Engineering (with 2nd class honors- upper division)
Bsc. degree in Mechatronic Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical & Electronic Engineering ( 2nd class honors, lower division)+ 2 years industrial experience.
On the whole, mechatronic engineering opens up a range of engineering careers because it touches on numerous areas from hydraulics, pneumatics, all the way to electricity/manufacturing of mechanical parts/machines.
Put another way, mechatronics engineers work on nearly all electro-mechanical devices in the world (from ATM’s /automatic vending machines to super complex machines used in industries like manufacturing and even precision robots that assist in surgeries).
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