Engineering: Skills, Courses, Specializations, Careers

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Engineering: Skills, Courses, Specializations, Careers

2021-03-31T21:57:47+03:00 March 31st, 2021|Specialization|

“Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing.” -Henry Petroski

Engineering is a broad concept that covers many fields, thereby garnering as many skills along its path. It is a discipline that is committed to problem-solving. Broadly, Engineering involves the utilization of Mathematics and Science to find solutions, create ideas, and implementing them in our day-to-day activities. Engineering is the foundation of STEM education. STEM curriculum focuses on four distinct disciplines, i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Thus, Engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study that makes use of the sciences and the social sciences to decode the intricacies of our lives.

Engineering involves designing, developing, testing, installing, and maintaining a variety of products. Even though Engineering is divided into several specializations, students of the subject have a general understanding of its various subthemes since there exists a considerable overlap among the different specializations of the subject. Engineering students have a demonstrated knowledge of subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Computer and Information Technology. Today, Engineering is all about combining well-established scientific principles and technological innovation to create, build and improve upon devices, systems and processes. 

Is Engineering the Right Fit For You?

Individuals who have a strong inkling towards problem-solving, innovation and the creation of ideas via the use and implementation of scientific principles should consider taking up Engineering. Moreover, the very fact that Engineering is a multidisciplinary subject makes it lucrative for students wanting to go into the fields of research and analysis, management and academia as well. Additionally, Engineering is one of the most challenging fields of study. Creativity and scientific knowledge are the mainstays of this particular subject and anyone wanting to push their boundaries should pursue Engineering.

Skills You Will Be Learning

  • Effective Communication and Presentation
  • Team-working and Leadership
  • Project and Time management
  • Research, Numeracy, and Design
  • Social, Cultural, and Economic Awareness

Your Undergraduate Course of Choice

Universities offer Engineering courses at the Diploma level, Undergraduate level, Postgraduate and Doctoral levels according to specializations such as Aeronautics and Astronautics, Biological, Civil and Environmental, Mechanical, Nuclear Sciences and so on.

  • BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BTech in Mechanical Engineering
  • BTech in Computer and Electronic Systems 
  • BSc in Civil and Structural Engineering

Graduation and Beyond

  • MSc in Supply Chain Management
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering
  • MSc in Materials Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Management
  • Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering 
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Certificate in Embedded System Design
  • Certificate in Automobile Mechanics

Becoming a Specialist

Engineering branches out into a large number of specializations due to its nature of being an interdisciplinary subject. Some of the specializations include

Aerospace EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
ArchitectureFood Engineering
Agricultural EngineeringHydraulics (Water) Engineering
Biomedical EngineeringMarine Engineering
Chemical EngineeringMechanical Engineering
Civil EngineeringPetroleum & Petrochemical Engineering
Coastal and Ocean EngineeringPharmaceutical
Electronic & Electrical EngineeringTransportation Engineering

Jobs To Work Towards

Students of Engineering have an added advantage of taking up career paths as diverse and varied as consultancy, finance, as well as the broad specializations that the subject offers. This includes 

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Architect
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Energy Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Patent Attorney
  • Production Designer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Systems Developer
  • Water Engineer

According to the Average Salary Survey, the average salary for Engineers in Kenya is KES 1,563,594.

Universities and Schools in Kenya Offering Courses in Engineering

In Kenya, the Engineering discipline is governed by the Engineering Registration Act. More importantly, the Act prescribes that individuals wishing to pursue their studies in Engineering should undergo a minimum of four years of post-secondary Engineering education along with a minimum of three years of postgraduate work experience. Additionally, the Engineering Registration Board is the regulatory authority that regulates and conducts engineers in the country. 

Some of the colleges accredited with the Engineering Registration Board include

  1. Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology 
  2. Kenyatta University 
  3. University of Nairobi
  4. Moi University
  5. Dedan Kimathi University Of Technology 
  6. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology 
  7. Egerton University
  8. Multimedia University of Kenya 
  9. Technical University of Mombasa 
  10. University of Abuja

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