Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department
The Department of Agricultural Engineering was established in the 2001/2002 session when the first set of students was admitted into level 100 of 5-year Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree programme. Courses in levels 100 and 200 were taught at faculties of Science and Engineering respectively (as common courses for all Faculty of Engineering students).
The aim of establishing the Department of Agricultural Engineering was to meet the growing need for manpower in the profession. The main objective was to train and produce Engineers with the required qualities and capabilities to meet the increasing need for professional Engineers in the country. In order to produce intellectual and practical people who can combine their skills to create safe and economic designs which must be environmentally and socially acceptable to the society in which we live, the Department of Agricultural Engineering ensures that in addition to sound theoretical background students are thoroughly exposed to extensive and relevant laboratory experimentation and exercises. Their practical skills, developed in the central workshop and the Agricultural Engineering Laboratories are complemented by industrial visits during vacation, an 8 weeks Students Work Experience Programme (SWEP) in Level 200, a three months supervised Industrial Training SIWES I in Level 300 and a six months supervised Student Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES II) in Level 400 are conducted in the whole of the second semester of the session. This helps the students to relate academic work with practical industrial realities and capabilities. The overall goal of the Department is to produce Agricultural Engineers who are relevant to the engineering manpower requirement in the public and private sector of the economy and who can initiate as well as carry out engineering designs, engage in industrial management and pursue research and development.
The Department is adequately equipped in the following laboratories namely: Farm Power and Machinery, Soil and Water Engineering (Hydrology and Hydraulic, Soil Mechanics), Processing and Storage Engineering, Basic Agricultural Engineering Practice Workshop. Presently, the Department of Agricultural Engineering has graduated eight (8) sets of students from 2007/2008 to 2013/2014. Following the University Senate approval in 2016, the Department name has now been changed to Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.