BSc Engineering Programs:
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication and Information Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information Science (GIS)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechatronic Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering
• Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering (Biomechanical and Processing Engineering
• Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering)

MSc Engineering Programs:
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering
Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management

PhD Engineering Programs:
PhD Mechanical Engineering
PhD Construction Engineering and Management


Change is inevitable and growth is the surest sign of life. The then Faculty of Engineering has been growing over the years and now has over 2500 students. Now a premier engineering faculty in the country and boasting 10 programs under its wings, it was only natural to unclip its wings and allow it to fly to higher heights. The faculty of engineering is no more; join me in welcoming you into the first College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) in the country. Today, the College produces graduates that are more sought after than those from competing universities in the job market, according to research done by independent bodies. Transforming the faculty into a college would accord it greater capability and freedom to properly fulfill these roles.

The College is located at the main campus of JKUAT, 35km North-East of Nairobi on the Nairobi-Thika Highway, and about 10kms from Thika town. The College is the first one within JKUAT, and comprises of three schools (with seven academic Departments hosting eleven programmes),and Engineering workshops. The four schools are namely:

School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering;
School of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering,

School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering and
School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering

Its programs attract the best students with the highest cut-off points when it comes to JAB undergraduate admission. It is also mentoring, under the university, several technological institutes and university colleges among them are Kimathi University College and Technology, Mombasa Polytechnic University College and Multimedia University College.

The vision of College emphasizes greater research and production of innovations that will positively impact our society and in the process produce transformational leaders. This is expected to uplift the college internationally and be a big name in research and innovation globally, in addition to training.
In tune with Kenya’s vision 2030 and global sustainable agenda, COETEC has enabled the expansion of access to engineering education, training and technology, as well as availed cutting edge engineering and technological community based solutions to Kenya and beyond.

The College is offering the following programmes through the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) and Self Sponsorship (SSP). Programmes in the College of Engineering and Technology fall under three Schools: viz;

School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering

Civil Engineering

The programme aims at producing Civil Engineers with technical training in the general fields of structural, geotechnical, high transportation, environmental and water engineering. Internal practical attachment within the University and external practical attachment in the industry complements the theoretical and external practical attachment in the industry complements the theoretical and laboratory training. Students are required to carry out an engineering research project in their final year under supervision of an academic member of staff.

Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems

A Geomatic Engineer is a professional person with academic qualifications and technical expertise obtained in a training that uses modern engineering tools to practice the science of measurement; to acquire, assess, process, analyze and present land and geo-referenced information (in the form of maps, plans, etc.); to use that information for the purpose of planning and implementing the efficient administration of the land, the sea and structures thereon, and to investigate the advancement of such practices. Subjects areas covered include General Land Surveying, Engineering Surveying, Geodetic Sciences, Mapping, Geographic Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Land Economics and Development, Law and Professional Studies. Geomatic Engineering takes into account the relevant legal, economic, environmental and social aspects affecting projects.

School of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

During the first three years, the students undertake mathematics, basic electrical and electronic principles and general studies courses. In the final two years, the students choose to specialize either in light current option or heavy current option. The students are expected to learn a systematic and analytic approach to electrical and electronic engineering to enable them to carry out design and research work. They are also expected to develop the right attitude towards the needs and aspirations of the society as well as a sense of responsibility. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computers are essential ingredients of modern engineering systems, in computer-aided design and communication networks, and in process control of modern manufacturing plants. Electronic and Computer engineers need to be familiar with computer architectures and hardware, and must possess good analytical skills and a broad background in Electrical Engineering. The Electronic and Computer Engineering degree aims to give the graduates a combination of expertise from computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, electronic systems and electronic components. The graduates will possess the skills needed to design and maintain electronic and computer systems for a wide variety of engineering applications. They will also be skilled in software engineering.

Telecommunication and Information Engineering

The Telecommunication and Information Engineering degree programme is designed to meet the demand for building capacity for qualified manpower and to facilitate research, design, development and production of new ideas and new products in this field. This will provide access to many of the new technologies of mobile, radio, rural and remote communication facilities for voice, data, facsimile, email, internet and video/data. The application of information systems (preparation, collection, transmission, retrieval, storage, access, presentation and transformation) will form the core. It is the first course of its kind available in East Africa for undergraduate.

School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

The programme emphasizes on application of mechanical engineering concepts particularly in design and manufacturing. All units taken in first, second and third year are common. In the fourth and fifth year of the program a student takes elective units in a chosen area of specialization, i.e., automotive or production engineering. A student undergoes a mandatory practical training attachment, each of eight weeks, on at the University at the end of the second year and the others at the end of third and fourth years of study including units of practical training in the engineering workshops during the academic semesters. A student must undertake, in their final year of study, a suitable engineering project under supervision of a member of academic staff.

Mechatronic Engineering

This subject gives a thorough understanding of modern engineering and manufacturing combined with specialist skills in electronics and computer based technology. The study of Mechatronic involves aspects of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering together with an understanding of manufacturing methods. Modules on the course include: Computer Aided Engineering, including Computer Aided Design, Drawing and Manufacturing, Engineering systems, Engineering Analysis, Electronic Devices and Circuits, Control Systems Analysis. The course aims to equip engineers to lead or work in multi-disciplinary design teams on products that involve both a mechanical and electronic dimension. For instance, modern precision equipment (such as computer disk drive) combines mechanical and electronic design. Robotics is also part of the field.

Marine Engineering

This degree program is designed to provide qualified manpower that can develop and maintain ship propulsion units, ship structures and all support machinery, as well as initiate manufacturing projects or improve existing maritime operations. Hence graduates of this program will work in the high seas, and may be considered for registration by the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA). From expert projections, about 45,000 offers will be required globally in the next four (4) years. In addition to covering the syllabus content, successful applicants will also be expected to undergo cadet training, and acquire the necessary life skills.

Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering

This programme aims at producing engineers specialized in both mining and mineral processing. Mining engineering is basically the process of taking mineral resources from the earth in response to man’s needs. On the other hand, mineral processing engineering involves separating valuable elements of material from unwanted waste material from the ore body, in the most economical way. In the first three years of the programme, all the students will cover common units mainly in mathematics, applied science, fundamental engineering principles and principles of mining and mineral processing engineering. In the fourth and fifth year of study, besides the core units, a student will take elective units in either mining or mineral processing engineering. Each student will undergo a mandatory eight-week industry-based practical attachment at the end of the second, third and fourth year of study. In the final year of study, every student must undertake a suitable engineering project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Agricultural (Biosystems) Engineering

This program has evolved from the traditional design and development of agricultural machinery, to a knowledge-based engineering that integrates engineering knowledge and design with applied biology, environmental and agricultural sciences. This program includes new areas such as controlled environment agriculture, precision agriculture, automation and emerging technologies, sustainable energy systems, environment sciences, the development of biomaterials and new systems that can promote a sustainable food production. Graduates from this program utilize knowledge and innovation to ensure food security, eliminate poverty through employment creation in the context of a changing climate and environment; as well as meet some of the fundamental needs of life namely; food, shelter and clothing. The career paths are wide and graduates get employed in a variety of organizations such as Government departments, manufacturing sector, non-governmental organizations, etc.

Biomechanical & Processing Engineering

The Biomechanical and processing engineering programme aims at producing specialized engineers in mechanization of production systems and bio-process engineering. Agricultural production and the subsequent processing operations require energy, machines and structures of various categories. This program therefore produces engineers trained to have core competence in; Agricultural machinery, Energy resources management, Bio-processing systems design and Design and production of bio-processing machines and structures. Graduates from this program are employed in various organizations such as agro-based industries, food processing plants, NGO’s, machinery manufacturers and dealers, construction companies research institutions, Government ministries, UN agencies etc.  

Soil, Water & Environmental Engineering

The Soil, Water & Environmental Engineering programme aims at producing specialized engineers combining biological & technical skills to address issues in agro-industrial development and consequent environmental problems. With the rapid human population growth, expansions in food production as well as environmental degradation of varying magnitudes are taking place. To mitigate these and sustain agricultural and industrial production systems, the department trains engineers in; Solid and liquid Waste management, GIS & Remote sensing, Soil and water engineering and Environmental Impact Assessment
Graduates from this program are employed in various organizations such as Construction companies, UN agencies e.g. UNEP, UN Habitat, Government ministries ,water distribution and sewerage companies, NEMA, construction companies, NGO’s, Consultancy firms, research organizations etc.