The Department of Agricultural Engineering has been in existence since 2003 when it was accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to run a three-year High National Diploma (HND) programme. The Department offers a three-year Higher National Diploma programme in Agricultural Engineering with options in: Soil and Water Engineering, Agricultural Mechanisation and Postharvest Technology. The Department is mandated to train highly qualified middle level personnel with the capacity of using basic engineering principles in solving problems confronting the agricultural sector.
To develop the Agricultural Engineering Programme into a highly demanded career with excellent job opportunities for the graduates who will also be confident and competent enough to be job creators.
Our mission, in line with that of the Polytechnic, is to offer high quality education and training at the Higher National Diploma (HND) level, the Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) level and other higher programmes through Competency Based Teaching and Learning and also to be of service to the immediate community in the areas of Agricultural Technology Transfer, Research and Rural Poverty Alleviation.
The plans of the Department, in-line with its vision and mission, are to:
- Encourage both short-term and long-term training of staff.
- Identify and arrange suitable places for industrial attachment of students and lecturers.
- Intensify and expand the cultivation of crops as an income generation activity and also initiate some animal and poultry production activities.
- Initiate research projects and also liaise with other departments and institutions to collaborate in undertaking multi-disciplinary demand-driven research projects.
- Identify and establish relationships with other institutions locally and abroad for staff and student exchange programmes.
- Build departmental capacity for carrying out consultancy services in all areas of Agricultural Engineering.
- Initiate community outreach activities by identifying obstacles to increased agricultural production and devising suitable interventions to assist the local farming communities overcome these challenges.
- Improve and expand ploughing and threshing services for the local farming communities.
- Acquire permanent land outside the school premises for research and large- scale farming to generate revenue.
- Identify and run customised short-courses for school leavers and persons interested in acquiring specific hands-on skills to increase their productivity.
- Develop and run a programme in Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) for HND graduates.
- Install the Shea butter and Groundnut processing equipment for training students and small-scale operators to increase revenue.
- Develop and apply sustainable measures for the Fruit Juice and Meat Processing Units.