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.
The Department has been in existence since 2006 and was the fifth programme to be accredited in the Polytechnic. Within the year under review, a team from the National Accreditation Board conducted an academic audit of the polytechnic and provisional recommendations which were made by the Audit Team are currently receiving attention from management.
To be a centre for the training of excellent Civil Engineers who will be capable of taking up any Civil Engineering challenge at their level of education.
The mission among others shall be:
- To provide theoretical and practical training aimed at preparing middle level managers and supervisory personnel for the civil engineering and construction industry.
- To train students to acquire hands on skills in applied civil engineering works through Competency Based Training.Innovations
- Design and Construction of Wa Polytechnic Internal Roads
- Design and Construction of Waste Management Systems for Wa Polytechnic, Kpongo, Kunta and SSNIT Residential Areas
- Design and Construction 3No. 3 Bedroom Simple Storey Domestic Building for Wa Polytechnic Staff
- Is working on a proposal in collaboration with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Regional Headquarters in Wa, to offer Training on the Maintenance of Borehole Systems in the Region to Community Representatives. This programme is intended to develop in to a short-course under the department in the future.
- Further plans to organise training seminars on Construction Project Management for Road Contractors in the Region. This would possibly be expanded to include Building Contractors after the pilot phase.
- Also plans to make functional the equipment in the Laboratory as well as compartmentalize the laboratory so as to generate income for the institution by opening the laboratory to the Contractors in the Region.
- Intends to market the Civil Engineering Programme by designing and producing hand bills on the various specialisations and job opportunities that exist within the programme. This we hope would attract students to apply for the programme, thereby increase the Departments enrolment.
The Mechanical Engineering Department strives to produce Mechanical Engineers to meet the demands of the middle level manpower of the country to maintain, produce and manufacture equipment needed by industries and the labour market.
Our vision is to become a centre of excellence in innovation and skills training.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to produce qualified HND, B-Tech and other higher programmes graduates to design, produce and maintain industrial machines and motor vehicle.