The History of Engineering Workshops Department dates back to 1981 when the institution (formally Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology – JKCAT) first admitted students to pursue Engineering (Architecture, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical) and Agricultural (Food Science and Post Harvest Technology, Horticulture, Agriculture) courses. The department provided the essential practical skill-development facility for students with equipment donation from the Government of Japan. The department also housed workshops for the Agricultural Engineering department until 1992 when a separate complex was put up to accommodate increased number of students in this field.
From the onset, the Engineering Workshops Department has had a number of Heads of Department and other senior members of staffs, some of whom have since left University employment. Some of the notable senior members of staff who had an opportunity to head in the department included;
Former Heads of Department
Mr. N. Boro (1990 – 1994) Mr. Robert Mutevu (1994 – 1998)
Special Project Leaders
Mr. S. K. Ngugi (Walking Tractor ) Prof. (Eng.) John Kihiu (Walking Tractor)
Dr. P. K. Kihato is the current Workshops Manager, who took over from Mr. Njogu Wakarani in 2013.
Over the years, these professionals have transformed the Engineering Workshops to the current vibrant status, and inculcated a culture of hard work and dedication.