The aim of the programme is to train high-level professional engineering manpower that will provide leadership and innovation in both the public and private sector industry and thereby contribute to national and international development, particularly in Africa. In order to achieve the above goal, well-motivated candidates with excellent undergraduate preparation are selected for the programme.
Furthermore, a variety of teaching methods and training tools are employed to create a challenging and stimulating learning environment within the context of real life mechanical engineering practice. These methods include structured lecture programmes, laboratory experimentation, interdisciplinary seminars, industrial case studies, field visits, independent studies, group projects, and supervised research.
The Department has been running the MSc. and PhD Mechanical Engineering programmes (Thermo fluids and Energy Systems Engineering Option) since 1990. The programme is internationally recognised and many students from outside Ghana, particularly Francophone West Africa, have enrolled in the programme with sponsorship from the Federal Republic of Germany (DAAD) and ANSTI/UNESCO.
The programme has been expanded to cover the other areas of specialization that currently exist in the Department, namely Applied Mechanics and Design and Manufacturing. This expansion of programme has enable the Department to marginally increase production of high-level professional manpower in these areas for teaching, research and outreach activities in universities, research institutes, and polytechnics. In addition, the programme will continue to provide the urgently needed professionals for the manufacturing industry.
The Department is currently collaborating with the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NCA&T) State University in Greensboro, USA in the areas of Applied Mechanics, Design and Manufacturing. The programme involves exchange of staff for teaching and research, training of KNUST staff to the PhD level at NCA&T and exchange of undergraduate students. This collaboration has yielded fruitful results including the local design and assembly of racing cars by KNUST and NCA&T undergraduate students.
The Department will therefore require significant support to sustain this all-important expansion of the graduate programme by equipping the workshops and laboratories. There is considerably interest from industry in all areas of the programme. Small and medium scale manufacturing enterprises constitute a major policy thrust of national development policy. Graduates in this area will make significant contributions to this effort.
A good first degree in Mechanical Engineering or an allied discipline from a recognized university. Candidates will be expected to hold a First or Upper Second Class degree. The Departmental Board may consider candidates with Lower Second Class degree in special cases.
Last updated April 28, 2016