The Department of Mechanical Engineering organized a farewell ceremony for the final year students on Friday 5th August 2016. The event offered a last opportunity for the members of staff and the students to interact and share their experiences. The ceremony which was coordinated by Mr. Bernard Owiti and Mr. Anthony Gitahi was well attended by several members of staff who gave the students inspiring words to prepare them face the life outside university. The event was also attended by Dr. M. Muvengei, the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department, Eng. B. K. Kariuki, the Director of Intellectual Property and University-Industry Linkage (DIPUIL) and Dr. Hiram Ndiritu, the Acting Principal, College of Engineering & Technology (COETEC).
The guest speaker was Evance Ochieng’ Ogolla, the Managing Director of Frejed Engineering Services Limited. Mr. Ogolla is an alumni of JKUAT and specifically the Department of Mechanical Engineering having graduated with BSc. in Mechanical Engineering on 2004. He has a wide industrial experience having worked in Unilever and Mumias Sugar Company before starting his own company which offers electro-mechanical engineering services. Mr. Ogolla gave a motivating talk to the students highlighting what he has learned for the last twelve years in industry. “For you to build your career well in industry, you need Values, Goals, Vision, Skills and Knowledge”, advised Mr. Ogolla. He urged the students to prepare eye-catching resumes and to make as many job applications as possible and on time. “I assure you that, for every 100 applications you make, you will be called for at least 5 interviews and you will get at least 1 job”, noted Mr. Ogolla
On his part, the Chairman of Department informed the students that the training they have undergone for the last five years has equipped them with the required technical, managerial and entrepreneual skills. “As you walk out there searching for employment, be confident that you are well equipped with not only technical skills, but also managerial and entrepreneual skills”, noted Dr. Muvengei. He reminded the students that they are also trained to be job-creators and not just job-seekers. “You have been trained to be innovators of technology, and as you build your career outside, think also of creating employment. However, you should deviate from the current norm in Kenya where many people are less interested on starting manufacturing-based and value addition industries”.
The Acting Principal of CoETEC, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu emphasized to the students the need for them to register as graduate engineers immediately after graduation, and then later work towards registering as professional engineers. “This will raise your stake and increase your competitive advantage”, reiterated Dr. Ndiritu.
The farewell ceremony could not have ended without the much awaited soccer match between the final year students and staff members of the mechanical engineering department. This is the only department within JKUAT where a football match is held to cement a good relationship between the outgoing students (future alumnus of the department) and staff members. The game started at 5.30 pm with both teams showing great enthusiasm and desire to score at the earliest opportunity. The first half was dominated by the students’ team, and at halftime the students were on the lead by 1-0. During the second half, the staff team put up a spirited fight to defend the cup in their custody, and at the end of the game, they carried the day by 3-1.