Departments and Career Opportunities in Engineering

Department of Agricultural and Bio-resources Engineering

Agricultural and Bio-resources Engineering Department produces graduates not only for massive production of food, fibre and renewable energy which will lead to rapid industrialization and self-reliance, but also for proffering solutions to engineering problems emanating from new discoveries in biology and biotechnology. Graduates with sound practical and theoretical engineering knowledge for solving numerous engineering problems in agriculture and bio-resources within the context of a changing world, have emerged from this department.

Job Opportunities
Graduates of Agriculture and Bio-resources Engineering can find employment in the following institutions: Companies and industries; Government and its agencies; Engineering consulting firms; Education and Financial institutions; and the Service provision sector.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering and its allied courses are central to the industrial growth of any society. Chemical Engineering basically uses the principles of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and together with economics and human relations in design of equipment in order to convert raw materials to useful products for the benefit of humankind. It seeks to improve the quality of life by providing knowledge and expertise in the area of chemical process plant design, operation, production and process economics.

Job Opportunities
Graduates of the department of Chemical Engineering have job prospects in the following industrial sectors: Petroleum refineries, Petroleum industries involved in exploration and drilling, Transportation, promotion and marketing, Petrochemical industries, Paints and plastic industries, General chemical industries including soap and detergent manufacturing, Food and pharmaceutical industries, Research development organization, Engineering consultancy, Design and construction companies.

Department of Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering profession is of critical importance in rural development, as it provides personnel required for rural and urban road development, water supply and other infrastructure necessary for such development. The objective of the department is not only to produce graduate Civil Engineers but also to produce knowledgeable and motivated professionals who, like their foreign counterparts, are capable of practicing the profession with as little supervision as possible. To achieve this objective, emphasis is laid on the marrying of theory with practice from start to finish.

Numerous areas of emphasis identifiable Within the field of Civil Engineering at Nnamdi Azikiwe University include: Highway, Water resources, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, and Construction Engineering.

Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

The department trains engineers who become useful as problem solvers, designers or product engineers, able to participate actively in the engineering process and to translate their knowledge into practical meanings and products.

There are three areas of specialization in the department: Communication engineering, Instrumentation and control engineering and Computer systems engineering.

Department of Electrical Engineering

The mission of the Department is to use teaching, research and public service to solve societal Electrical Engineering problems. Graduates of the Department are equipped with the knowledge to lift the society out of its problems in Science and Technology. In totality, the mission of the department is to produce graduates who shall possess the following attributes:

a. Wide and ordered knowledge in an area of specialization;

b. Ability to reason logically;

c. Ability to communicate clearly in speech and writing with confidence; numerical and computer literacy;

d. Acceptance of moral values as honesty, humility, truthfulness and high ethical stand in personal and professional life;

e. Acceptance of obligation and responsibility;

f. Demonstration of desire for lifelong education and creativity;

g. Possession of self-confidence and result-oriented ability.

Department of Industrial/Production Engineering

The Department of Industrial/Production Engineering is a dual-purpose department. The programme of study is designed to produce manufacturing as well as production engineers who also have a strong background in theory. A six-month industrial attachment is mandatory for all third and fourth year students of this department. It enables the students acquire industrial experience while still in the University.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department, in its programme of training engineers, hopes to achieve the national goals and objectives of industrialization and self-reliance. As a result, it hopes to produce graduates with strong academic and practical background so that they can fit into industry immediately upon graduation. A nine-month industrial attachment is mandatory for all third and fourth year students of this department.

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) operates on the belief that by developing a culture of seeking knowledge, disseminating scientific and technical data, putting into practice theoretical concepts through laboratory, studio and workshop exercises in the areas of MME will produce a more advanced society. Intellectually sound, self-motivated, and practising engineering/scientists who will be the bedrock of Nigeria’s march towards qualitative and massive technological development and dynamic industrialization, will be actualized.

Consequently, the MME programme is designed to produce graduates with a sound theoretical and practical background who will sustainability develop and exploit the rich metallic ores and other non-metallic raw-materials that abound in Nigeria.

Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering

The Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering is geared towards producing trained manpower for the Polymer and Textile industry. The programme is designed to ground the student in the specific profession area. The Textile industry is concemed with the conversion of raw materials into yarn, clothing fabrics, curtains, carpets and other furnishings for domestic purposes, as well as fabrics for industrial purposes. The Polymer industry, on the other, hand produces such items as paints, plastics, resins and elastomers.


To produce disciplined and self-reliant engineering graduates, who would contribute to the overall development of the Polymer and Textile industry specifically, and the Nigerian economy in general.

The main objectives of the Polymer and Textile Engineering programme include:

a. Training and production of graduates with the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for skilled personnel in the Polymer, Textile and allied industries, as well as the academia and the Nigerian socio-economic sector in general

b. Production of graduates of engineering with the necessary skills and principles required for planning, design operations, management and maintenance of respective industrial plants

c. Preparation of students for jobs in production, research, development and management within polymer manufacturing, human-made fibre units, textile plants, paint industry, research institutes, polytechnics and universities in the country.