DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is a full time programme with duration of two (2) academic years consisting of two (2) semesters each and two recess terms. Each semester shall consist of seventeen (17) weeks; Fifteen (15) weeks of teaching and continuous assessment, Two (2) weeks of Practical, and pen and Paper examination. Industrial training shall be a core module and will take a period of at least (10) weeks.

AWARDS

  • A learner scoring at least 2.00 GPs in all the modules of the programme shall be awarded a National Diploma in Architecture by the National Examinations Board.
  • A learner who has scored less than 2.00 GPs in some modules in the first year may proceed to second year but will not be awarded the certificate until he has scored at least 2.00 GPs in all the modules.
  • A learner shall be provided with a statement of results by the National Examinations Board indicating the grades obtained in each module irrespective of the grades obtained.

MAXIMUM MODULES PER BLOCK

Each Semester shall contain a maximum of Ten Modules or assessment units including project work.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Duration Semesters Semester Duration
2 (Years) 4 Semesters full time 17 Weeks Each 15 weeks(Teaching), 2 Weeks (Practical)

ASSESSMENT

The NDME will be assessed by an authorised National Examinations Board; and the following guidelines shall be considered:

  • At the end of each semester a learner should have completed a project or an Expert Assignment.
  • The project work shall be assessed out of 100%
  • Each module shall be assessed out of 100 marks as follows:
  • (a) Continuous Assessment 40% (b) Final Examination 60%
  • Continuous assessment shall consist of:
  • (a) Laboratory or practical work (b) Tests
  • Assignments to consist of;
  • (a) Written Questions to be answered from home (b) Reports from attended industrial visits, documentaries, and presentations by professionals

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS

Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) strategy for the provision of technical and vocational education. Technical Colleges are the highest level of training of technicians in the country. The Government of Uganda aims at providing technical, scientific and vocational skills for a majority of Ugandans, in line with its emphasis on science and technology for transforming society.

INTRODUCTION

The National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is based on a semester system. During each semester, a core project or assignment is accomplished. This NDME is competence-based and relies heavily on core assignments. It starts with an expert example or assignment of the whole task before modules are undertaken. The examples have preparatory assignments that prepare the student for the module and relate the module to the core task. Each module contains sub-modules and each of these sub-modules, includes a practical assignment that will help the student to learn how to perform the core task. The modules undertaken during a given semester are aimed at providing:

  • Applied theory
  • Technical and general skills
  • Professional attitude
These modules make it possible to perform the core project or assignment. The student has to carry out a real life project to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired.

CORE TASKS FOR NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

  • Fabrication, fitting and assembling of components
  • Design and production of machine parts
  • Promotion of Safety of Workers and plants/units
  • Production and Maintenance of machinery/equipment in good working condition.
  • Maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
  • Preparation of reports, budgets and operation plans

MODULE ARRANGEMENT

Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Year One
      Engineering Mathematics I
      Computer Applications
      Communication Skills and Humanities
        Production Technology I
      Engineering Materials
      Mechanical Engineering Science I
      Engineering Drawing
    Real Life Project I
    1. Engineering Mathematics II
    1. Electrical Engineering Science
    1. Production Technology II
    1. Automotive Engine Technology I
    1. Mechanical Engineering Science II
    1. Mechanical Engineering Drawing
    Real Life Project II
Year Two
    1. Engineering Mathematics III
    1. Electronic Installation Technology
    1. Computer Aided Design
    1. Automotive Engine Technology II
    1. Fluid Mechanics
    1. Thermodynamics
      Real Life Project III
    Power Transmission Systems
    1. Kiswahili
    1. Entrepreneurship Skills
    1. Electrical Devices and Machines
    1. Electronics
    1. Industrial Organisation and Management
    1. Applied Thermodynamics
    Real Life Projects

PROJECTS FOR NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

  • Year 1 Semester1: Fabrication of simple components (real life) e.g. Fitters vice, Clamps, hacksaw frames, Ewing 111 grinder.
  • Year 1 Semester 11: Design and Production of Machine Parts e.g. Maize mill
  • Year 11 Semester 1: Maintenance of machinery and equipment in good working condition: E.g. troubleshooting and repair of automotive engine.
  • Year 11 Semester 11: Maintenance of a hydraulic system and equipment in good working condition: E.g. Repair of fork lift, earth mover hydraulic system

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS

Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) strategy for the provision of technical and vocational education. Technical Colleges are the highest level of training of technicians in the country. The Government of Uganda aims at providing technical, scientific and vocational skills for a majority of Ugandans, in line with its emphasis on science and technology for transforming society.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering programme on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications specified as follows:

I. ADVANCED LEVEL ENTRY SCHEME

At least one Principal Pass in either Physics or Mathematics obtained at the same sitting of the Advanced Level Examinations or its equivalent. For purposes of computing entry points, the advanced level subjects shall be classified as follows: Essential – Physics and Mathematics x3 Relevant - Chemistry, Economics, Technical Drawing, Metalwork or Woodwork x2 Desirable – General Paper, any other Technical Subject x 1 Others – Any other subject x 0.5

II. CERTIFICATE ENTRY SCHEME

At least a credit National (or Advanced) Certificate from a recognised Institution in Refrigeration and air Conditioning or any other related Engineering field as approved by the selection committee constituted by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

GRADUATE ENTRY SCHEME

A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science disciplines from a recognised institution. Professional Profile The professional profile gives a brief review of the mandate of NDME graduates. This section describes the various duties performed by the graduates of National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (NDME) and the organisations where they can be employed.

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS

Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) strategy for the provision of technical and vocational education. Technical Colleges are the highest level of training of technicians in the country. The Government of Uganda aims at providing technical, scientific and vocational skills for a majority of Ugandans, in line with its emphasis on science and technology for transforming society.

BRANCHES AND TYPES OF ORGANISATIONS THAT EMPLOY NDME GRADUATES

A graduate of NDME can be employed in the following types of organisations:

  • Manufacturing / processing industries both in the private and public sector.
  • Service sectors like railway and military engineering services/ boards, corporations.
  • Construction companies, transportation departments, telecommunications, Public Works Department and rural development agencies.
  • Power generation, transmission and construction projects.
  • Programmers on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.
  • Self-employment in manufacturing and service sectors.
  • Lecturers/Instructors in technical institutions

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SPORTS

Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) strategy for the provision of technical and vocational education. Technical Colleges are the highest level of training of technicians in the country. The Government of Uganda aims at providing technical, scientific and vocational skills for a majority of Ugandans, in line with its emphasis on science and technology for transforming society.