Madonna University is a private modern tertiary institution founded in April 1999 which is conceived as an appropriate response to Government’s call that the burden of providing education should not be left to it alone.
The department of Mechanical Engineering Madonna University was founded in 2007 to respond to the manpower needs of the nation’s Industries. The department offers an undergraduate programme leading to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. It is a five-year programme for students admitted through JAMB entrance examination and four-year programme for students admitted through direct entry.
However, it is important to note that the faculty of engineering was transferred to the Akpugo Campus in Enugu State on ¬30th March, 2011. Expectations are that this transfer will offer better accommodation, improve on the rate of development of the Faculty of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in particular.
Mechanical Engineering applies basic scientific principles to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all forms of mechanical devices as well to the management of human and material resources necessary for these activities.
The mechanical engineering departmental programme is designed to impart competent skill and knowledge to her graduates for the design, analysis, development and production of products and solutions that are of benefit to the industrial development of the nation. The programme addresses the prevalent societal needs as well as the current trend in engineering professional studies that meet the standards for engineering education set by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
On successful completion of the programme, the graduate shall be able to realize the following objectives;
i. Prepare and read engineering drawings.
ii. Design, manufacture and assemble engineering components and systems.
iii. Solve engineering problems by analysis and calculations.
iv. Install, operate, and maintain, service plant machinery, tools and equipment.
v. Apply management principles to solve management and organizational problems, related to any engineering set-up.
In the first two years of the training programme all students in Engineering take common courses in the basic sciences and engineering. The first year courses are basic subjects which are common to some departments in the university while the second year courses are foundation engineering courses designed to expose students to the fundamentals of the engineering discipline. The third and fourth years are devoted to advanced studies in engineering drawing, mechanics of machines, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, engineering metallurgy, manufacturing technology and workshop practices. In addition, a six-month industrial work experience scheme is provided to develop professionalism and adaptability towards industrial life. In the fifth year, more advanced courses are offered in thermo-fluid sciences, metallurgical engineering, mechanics and industrial engineering. Design, a central activity in mechanical engineering, features prominently in these years of study so also are the necessary tools of mathematics, numerical methods and computing. Finally, an in depth study of some aspect of mechanical engineering in the form of a final year experimental and or theoretical project is undertaken by each student leading to a mandatory thesis before graduation.
Admissions into the B.Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering are through the joint admission and matriculation board (JAMB) and direct entry.
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME
Candidates should possess five (5) credit passes obtained in not more than two sittings of the senior secondary school certificate examination (SSCE) or the general certificate of education (G.C.E). The five credit passes must include English, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Candidates are also required to have acceptable pass in UTME. The UTME subjects shall be Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Use of English.
Candidates should in-addition to the requirements for admission in UTME above be in possession of the higher school certificate or the G.C.E. advanced level passes in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Holders of OND/ HND certificates with upper credits are eligible for admission are eligible for admission into 200 and 300 levels respectively.
PROCEDURES FOR CHANGE OF DEPARTMENT
(i) Any student of this Faculty can seek transfer into another Faculty, department or programme after at least one academic year in the Faculty provided the student satisfies the admission requirements of the new Faculty/department.
(ii) No transfer shall, however, be allowed into the first of final year of any programme.
(iii) For all transfers, a candidate shall;
– Have obtained a CGPA of not less than 1.00.
– All students for transfer are expected to apply to the registrar on the prescribed form enclosing photocopies of qualifying certificate(s), and certified statements of results for all semesters spent so far;
– Meet the admission requirements applicable to the year of study of the programme into which he or she seeks transfer.
– Satisfy the faculty/departmental transfer requirements.
– Earn waivers for only those relevant courses passed in his former department
– Collect from the admission office a transfer letter stating the new programme, the approved year of study, and courses from which waivers had been granted.
– All completed transfer forms shall be processed by the faculty and departmental boards involved in the transfer, to determine appropriate programme of study, waivers and years of study.
– All cases of transfer shall be presented to the senate for consideration and approval.
– All transfer shall be completed before the registration week of each academic session.
– On registration, the candidate shall be issued a new registration number by the registrar.
By virtue of his training, the mechanical engineering graduate has a wide range of job opportunities in the following areas:
1) Automotive industry.
2) Steel industry.
3) Manufacturing industry.
4) Petroleum industry.
5) Mechanized farms.
6) Power generation.
7) Aircraft industry.
8) Construction industry.
9) Air-conditioning and refrigeration.
10) Research organizations
11) Technical sales
12) Engineering consultancy.
The academic programme of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Madonna University covers such areas as mechanics and design, thermo-fluid engineering, materials and metallurgy, production and industrial engineering.
Following the directives of Nigeria University Commission (NUC) with regard to the courses that should be offered in the various department of engineering, the department of Mechanical Engineering shall join other departments in the faculty to offer the same courses in the first two years of study.
However from three hundred (300) level upwards, the department shall take a departure and offer core Mechanical Engineering courses in addition to general engineering mathematics and some borrowed courses from other department in the faculty such as Civil, Electrical and Chemical Engineering departments. The stipulated courses will not only provide the students with solid foundation to meet future challenges brought on by rapid pace of technological changes, but also prepare them for a life-time of learning and upgrading of skills. The courses are indicated in the following pages and are shown for the levels and semester concerned.