Duration of the Programme

The NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN WATER 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.


(a) 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. (b) 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. (c) 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/ 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)


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


The National Diploma in Water Engineering is based on a semester system. During each semester, a core project / task/ assignment are accomplished. The competence based education is based on core assignments. This starts with an expert example / assignment of the whole task, then modules are undertaken, these have preparatory assignments that prepare the learners for the module and relate the module to the core task. Each module contains sub-modules and each of these sub modules will include a practical assignment that will help the learners 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

Core Tasks for First Year

(i) Design of and construct simple water supply and sanitation systems (ii) Draw, interpret and recommend plans for approval (iii) Manage and maintain water and sanitation facilities (iv) Ensure Safety, Health, Welfare of Workers & community & Security of Workers, works & plants

Core Tasks for Second Year

(i) Supervise the construction of water and sanitation facilities (ii) Measure, estimate, cost and tender for/ quantity of materials and works (iii) Prepare reports, budgets and plans
Module arrangement
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Year One
    1. Engineering Mathematics I
    1. Computer Applications
    1. Communication Skills and Humanities
    1. Engineering Drawing
    1. Construction Technology I
    1. Engineering Materials and Concrete tech
    1. Engineering Surveying I
    Real Life Project I
    1. Engineering Mathematics II
    1. Construction Technology II
    1. Engineering Mechanics 30
    1. Carpentry, Joinery and Welding
    1. Quantity Surveying
    1. Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
    Water Treatment
Year Two
    1. Engineering Mathematics III
    1. Strength of Materials
    1. Engineering Surveying II
    1. Computer Aided Design
    1. Geology and Soils
    1. Hydrology, Water supply and Irrigation
    1. Sanitation and drainage
    Real Life Project III
    1. Kiswahili
    1. Entrepreneurship Skills
    1. Site Organization & Management
    1. Elementary Design of Structures
    1. Building Services
    1. Community Project Implementation
    1. Hydraulic Structures and Equipments
    1. Real Life Project IV
    Industrial Training II

Entry Requirment

A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Diploma in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 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

2.1 At least a National or Advanced Certificate from a recognised Institution in; (a) block laying and concrete practice, (b) carpentry and joinery (c) plumbing (d) painting and decoration (e) any other engineering field as will be approved by the Joint Admissions Board of Ministry of education and sports.
Graduate Entry Scheme
A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science disciplines from a recognised institution


This Section describes the main tasks of the graduates of NDRA and where he/she performs them from. A graduate of National Diploma in Water Engineering can be employed in the following types of Organizations’ 1. Central Government Ministries (for example, Ministry of Water and Environment) 2. Local Government Districts (for example, Kamuli District, Fort portal District) 3. Government Corporations (for example; NWSC, NEMA) 4. Contractors (for example; Roko Construction Ltd, Zimwe Construction Ltd) 5. Consultants (e.g. Kyambogo Engineering Services) 6. Non Governmental Organisations (e.g. ADRA, UWASNET) 7. International organizations such as (WHO, UNICEF, WFP) 8. Self Employment or self created job