Bsc. Material and Metallurgical Engineering

Materials and metallurgical engineering is concerned with the generation and application of knowledge relating the composition, structure and processing of materials to their uses. The field encompasses the spectrum of materials that covers metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and combinations of materials or composites.

Materials engineering is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various fields of science and engineering. The science investigates the relationship between structure of materials and their properties. It also includes elements of applied physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. New developments such as nanoscience and nanotechnology continue to propel materials science and engineering to the forefront of the studies (at many universities) around the world.

Metallurgical engineering is a broad field that studies the physical and chemical behaviour of metallic elements, their intermetallic compounds and their alloys. The three major branches of this field are physical metallurgy, chemical and extractive. Physical metallurgy deals with the development of the different metallic alloys that are needed for use in other branches of engineering such as construction, manufacturing, transport, defense and so on. Extractive metallurgy involves extracting metal from ore. Chemical metallurgy deals with chemical properties of metals including uniting of different metals with one another to form alloys.

Programme Objectives
The following will be the main objectives:
1.    To provide manpower for the development of materials and processing industry for both the public and private sector;
2.    To provide manpower to support the mineral extraction and processing industry; and
3.    To provide trained manpower to fill the missing materials link for the manufacturing industry in general
4.    To provide relevant manpower for the sectors involved in research in materials science and engineering.

Background and Overview of the Programme
The histories of the developed and the newly developed economies of the world show that the establishment of material processing industries has, nearly always, had the greatest contribution to the growth of their national wealth. Industrialization has been the direct result of the need for readily available, affordable, adequate and high quality goods and services. Electronic consumer goods, textiles, silverware, industrial machinery, defense machinery, automobiles etc, are examples of end products of certain manufacturing processes. The great demand for these products all over the world is a statement of a large amount of the physical substances used as inputs in their production or manufacturing. In other words, a great demand for “semi-processed materials”. They are said to be semi-processed materials to distinguish them from raw materials that are first extracted from the earth and then refined to separate them from their ores and other unwanted materials. This initial processing is the domain of mining and mineral processing engineers. Often, the semi-processed materials must further be processed to improve their appearance, properties or to produce new materials altogether. This is the domain of material science and metallurgical engineering. The discipline seeks to apply the knowledge of the basic sciences and the technology developed by the metallurgist (from traditionally working with metals and alloys) to the study of the composition, structure and use of both metallic and non-metallic materials. The non-metals include ceramics and polymers.

Kenya has set out to transform itself into an industrial country – as stipulated in vision 2030. The national development plans and the sessional paper of 1996 outline the industrial sectors targeted for promotion. Thus, the future will bring ever increasing challenges and opportunities for new materials and better processing. There will be an increased demand on new and semi-processes materials to support existing industries and create new ones. The expanding mining activities in the country and the envisaged further exploitation of untapped natural wealth, is yet another indicator to justify a future demand for qualified personnel in engineering including materials and metallurgical engineers. They will be required to add value to the semi-finished materials, by applying the knowledge they gain, having undergone the curriculum for the degree of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.
Over the years and in several forums the industrialists have expressed the need to have this cadre of engineers to stimulate growth in the manufacturing sector in general and in particular to support those involved in scrap metals, ceramics and plastics. Their overseas counterparts continue to have a competitive edge by having consistent input from universities and research institutions in materials and forming processes. Emphasis is being placed on reclaiming and recycling. The engineers specializing in Materials and Metallurgy will no doubt play a key role in the drive towards industrializing Kenya by the year 2030.

Programme Structure and Regulations
Duration: The programme consists of ten semesters of sixteen weeks each and a total of twenty-four weeks of industrial attachment.
Courses: Each semester has eight course units
Mode of study: This is a full-time programme and is offered during normal semester time. This programme is subject to all the College of Engineering and Technology and University regulations for degree programmes.
Examinations: Besides continuous assessment, all units are examined at the end of the semester in which they are offered. The University and College of Engineering and Technology examination rules and regulations apply.
Entry Requirements
Those eligible to apply are:
(i)    Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) holders that have at least a mean aggregate grade B- and mean grade of at least B in the total score of the four JAB cluster subjects, and who also satisfy the following minimum requirements in the individual cluster subjects:
Alternative A: Mathematics C+, Physics C+, Chemistry C+ and Geography C+ or Biology C+ or any of the Group IV subjects C+
Alternative B: Mathematics C+, Physical Sciences B, Biological Sciences C+ and either Geography C+ or any of the Group IV subjects C+
(ii)    Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) holders that have at least two principal passes in Mathematics and Physics and at least a total score of 9 points, and at least a credit pass in Chemistry at the KCE or its equivalent.
(iii)    Diploma holders that have at least a credit pass in a relevant discipline.
(iv)    Holders of any other qualifications recognized by the Senate as equivalent to (i), (ii) or (iii) above.
How to Apply
For the self-sponsored students, advertisement is through the press. Application forms can be obtained from the office of the Dean, School of Mechanical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, JKUAT upon payment of a non-refundable application fee of Ksh. 1,500 for Kenyan citizens and US$ 50 for foreign students.

Course Outline
SMA 2172    Calculus
SMA 2170     Algebra
SPH 2173     Physics for Engineers I
SCH 2120     Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
EMG 2102     Engineering Drawing
SMA 2177     Applied Geometry
ICS 2174     Introduction to Computer Science
HRD 2101     Communication Skills
SZL 2111     HIV/AIDS

SMA 2173     Calculus II
SPH 2171     Physics II
SCH 2108     Chemistry II
EME 2104    Engineering Drawing & Design II
EMA 2103     Workshop Processes & practice II
SMA 2171     Geometry
ICS 2175     Computer Programming I
HRD 2102     Development Studies
Total Units per Semester 8
Total Units per Academic Year 16

SMA 2270     Calculus III
SMA 2272     Statistics
SMA 2220     Vector Analysis
ECE 2204     Strength of Materials I
EEE 2208     Electrical Engineering I
EMA 2201     Material Science I
EMA 2206     Chemical Production of Engineering Materials
EMA 2212     Metallurgical Thermodynamics I

SMA 2271     Ordinary Differential Equations
ICS 2276     Computer Programming II
SCH 2121     Organic Chemistry for Engineers
ECE 2214     Strength of Materials II
EEE 2227     Electrical Engineering II
EMA 2202     Material Science II
EMA 2216     Transport Phenomena I
EMA 2213     Metallurgical Thermodynamics II

EMA 2200    Practical Attachment I (8 weeks)
Total Units Per Semester 8
Total Units Per Academic Year 16

EMA 2303     Material Science III
EMA 2307     Materials Engineering
EMA 2318     Transport Phenomena II
EMM 2311     Physical Metallurgy I
EMA 2327     Ceramics & Polymers
EMA 2332     Corrosion and Protection of Materials
EMA 2304     Foundry Science
EMA 2314     Heat Treatment of Metals I

EMA 2315     Heat and Mass Transfer
EMA 2308     Materials Engineering II
EMA 2318     Material Testing
EMM 2312     Physical Metallurgy II
EMA 23XX     Engineering Data Analysis
EMA 2328     Refractory Materials
EMA 2316     Heat Treatment of Metals II
EMA 2309    Polymer Structure, Properties and Applications
EMM 2300    Practical Attachment II (8 weeks)
Total Units Per Semester 8
Total Units Per Academic Year 16

EMA 2411    Engineering Alloys
EMA 2422     Hydrometallurgical and Hydrometallurgical Processing
EMA 2423     Powder Metallurgy
EMA 2438     Metallurgy of Welding
EMA 2446     Non Destructive Testing
EMA 2471     Numerical Analysis
EME 2406     Industrial Management I

EMA 2410     Materials Engineering III

EMA 2402     Process Dynamics and Control

Core Units
EMA 2419     Radiography
EMA 2424     Advanced Pyrometallurgy and Refractories
EMA 2429     High Temperature Materials
EMA 2443     Physical Methods of Mineral Extraction
EMA 2444     Statistical Processes Control &Design of Experiments
EMA 2450     Polymer Processing
EME 2414     Industrial Management II

EMA 2405     Solid State Diffusion

EMA 2439     Metal processing

EMA 2400 Practical Attachment III (8 Weeks)
Total Units per Semester 8
Total Units per Academic Year 16

EME 2503     Industrial Management
EMA 2547     Composite Materials
EMA 2501     Project I

Electives (Any four units)
EMA 2549     Materials Design in Electronic Packaging
EMA 2545     Predictive Analysis of Material Engineering
EMA 2552     Magnetic Materials
EMA 2548     Composite Materials II
EMA 2517     Material Failure Analysis
EMA 2541     Technical Report Writing

EMA 2556     Energy and the Environment I
EMA 2525     Design and Economics of Metallurgical Plants
EMA 2558     Solid Waste Minimization and recycling
EMA 2541     Technical Report Writing
EMA 2560     Combustion Technology

Core Units
EMA 2502     Project II
HRD 2401     Entrepreneurship Skills
HRD 2205     Industrial Law

Electives (Any four units)
Materials    EMA2531 Advanced Structural Ceramics
EMA 2553     Optical Properties of Materials
EMA 2554     Electrical Properties of Materials
EMA 2554     PVC Materials
EMA 2530     Functional Ceramics
EMA 2542     Reaction Kinetics

EMA 2557    Energy and the Environment II
EMA 2526     Control and Instrumentation of Metallurgical

EMA 2555     Compounding Technologies
EMA 2533     Industrial Furnaces
Total Units per Semester 8
Total Units per Academic Year 16

4 thoughts on “Bsc. Material and Metallurgical Engineering

  1. Thanks for your concern to matls & metallurgy guys, God bless you.Am a matls & metallurgy diploma graduate(NYS;KNEC with strong credit) working as a maintenance eng. in a dairy plant as well as running a cottage foundry.I wish to enroll for degree course in your next intake.Please inform me on how to go about it and if you can provide E-learning,distance learning or part-time in the same discipline.Your reply will be highly appreciated.

  2. i kindly inquire if there is provision for part time study on the above course iam interested in joining you in your next intake but the work schedule can allow for full time mode. iam diploma holder in fabrication technology and metallurgy and currently working as a trainer in the same field .also is there any other degree course you offer related to that.i will be gratefull for your kind response

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