ELECTRICAL and ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

History of the Department

 Edict No. 48 of the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in May 1993. In due course, it became clear that the mission of the Institution could not be properly achieved, neither could Agriculture be successfully developed nor meaningfully utilized in the industrialization, mechanization and sustenance of the nation without an accompanying College of Engineering. Thus in 2001/2002 academic session, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, came into existence with the establishment of the Department of Agricultural Engineering followed in quick succession by Departments of Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the 2003/2004 academic session. Computer Engineering took off in the 2004/2005 academic session and Chemical Engineering in the 2011/2012 academic session. These departments run 5-year degree programmes leading to the award of the Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) degree.

 Dr. O. Onuba who started the College of Engineering was also the first Head of the department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering. In the year 2006/2007 academic session, the National Universities Commission (NUC) conducted accreditation exercise in the department for the accreditation of Bachelor’s Degree programme. The department was denied accreditation due to certain deficiencies that affected the department. As a result of these, there was no admission into year one during 2006/2007 academic session and the department had a total of 118 undergraduate students.

 In the year 2007/2008 academic session, Engr. Dr. L. U. Anih who was on sabbatical leave in the department was appointed the Head of the Department by the Vice-Chancellor and was charged with overall responsibility of organization, coordination, supervision of the various academic activities and day-to-day running of the Department. The Department has two major options: Electronics and Power Systems Engineering. In 2008/2009 academic session the Department graduated its first students who were seven in number (three second class upper division and four second class lower division). Thereupon, the Department continued to grow in teaching and research facilities, staff strength and student enrolment.

 In the year 2008/2009, the Department had nine teaching members of staff with Engr. Prof. O. I. Okoro as the Head of the Department. In this academic year, the department recorded a rapid development in terms of procurement and refurbishing of equipment as well as physical infrastructures. Presently, the department has twenty-seven (28) lecturers, four (4) technologists, three (3) technical staff and a total of four hundred and ninety five (495) undergraduate students.

 Through selfless service and relentless efforts, the Department staff struggle extremely hard despite the prevailing economic state of the educational sector of the nation to ensure we produce Engineers who are not only sound academically, but equally can compete excellently with their counterparts in various universities within and outside the country.

 

 The training philosophy of the department is in line with the institutional mandate of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, tailored to produce highly skilled professional manpower in Electrical/Electronics Engineering. The graduates of the Engineering training program would be sufficiently grounded in the basic sciences and Engineering knowledge to cater for the Electrical/Electronics Engineering problems of the nation. They are envisaged to be in the fore-front of indigenous technology development of the nation, predicated on sound theoretical framework, inter-woven with sufficient practical exposure. The practical content of their training will be sufficiently adequate to make them self-reliant and job creators.The above philosophy entails:

 ·                     Adequate exposure to foundation science and general studies courses.

·                     Sufficient exposure to basic engineering and technology techniques.

·                     A good grounding in all the main aspects of Electrical/Electronics Engineering discipline.

·                     Special skills and in-depth study in the students’ professional areas of specialization.

The above process involves among other things, lectures, tutorials, laboratories, Engineering/Technology workshop practices, design works and industrial attachments.

Objectives of the department

The Department’s objectives are geared towards the realization of national needs and aspirations. Graduates from the Electrical/Electronics Engineering Department are expected among other things to:

  • Be job-creators in their areas of specialization (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) discipline.
  • Design and construct systems and components primarily in their areas of specialization.
  • Supervise the installation, commissioning and maintenance of Electrical and Electronics Engineering systems and components.
  • Design, develop and produce innovative products and techniques for industrial growth in Nigeria.
  • Adapt and adopt indigenous technology in order to solve Electrical/Electronics Engineering and technological problems of the Nation.

Scope

 The study of Electrical/Electronics Engineering encompasses the following options namely; Electronic, Communication, Electric Machines, Power Systems, Power Electronics/Drives, and Control Systems Engineering. Electrical/Electronics Engineering combines all these options to produce broad trained graduates that are professionally competent to cope with the challenges of Electrical/Electronics Engineering in both the public and private sectors.

In pursuance of the above, specific features have been incorporated into the programme. These include:

·         Common foundation year at 100 and 200 levels for all Engineering students.

·         Workshop practice, laboratory work, tutorials, seminars on specific topics.

·         Broad-based engineering and interaction between students and professionals.

·         Adequate knowledge in the areas of engineering management, economics and Law.

·         Design projects with bias towards local applications.

·         Students SIWES experience at the 400 level of study where they undergo a continuous supervised 6 months industrial Training under the national SIWES, and satisfactory performance during the training is a requirement for graduation.

·         Final year projects in which students work alone under supervision in specific options of Electrical/Electronics Engineering.

The academic programme has been planned to offer challenges and to encourage the development of ingenuity and originality in the student.

Carrier Opportunities

The Electrical/Electronics Engineering graduates are expected to, first and foremost, be job creators rather than job seekers. They are therefore to create technical designs, development of job opportunities in their areas of specialization either on an individual or corporate basis. However, they can easily find gainful employment in the obvious areas of communications, computing and electrical (Power) industries as:

Electronic Engineers

There continues to be a demand for graduate engineers across many branches of electronics industry. These include research, development, production and sales opportunities in industries such as telecommunications, computer hardware and software, satellite and space technology and microelectronics. The practical engineer continues to have a significant role in the engineering industry. A wide range of career opportunities is available in the manufacturing, petrochemical, control and processing industries, electricity supply and the service industries including the financial and banking sector.

 

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineering is one of the most widely applied engineering professions, encompassing the generation, transmission, distribution, manufacturing, maintenance of equipment and utilization of electrical energy. There continues to be a demand for power engineers, not only in the electricity supply industries, but also in the application of electricity involving industries such as transportation, steel, marine, offshore, consumer goods and the utilities.

 

Engineering and Business Manager

Graduates with sound technical background, the analytical skills of an engineer, plus knowledge of business and management, have numerous career opportunities. The status and financial rewards for business literate engineers are rising rapidly as companies discover that engineering solutions are essential to their competitive edge.

 

Business Information Analyst

Career opportunities exist as system analysts, system designers, project managers, and consultants in a wide range of companies, both those that use computerized information system and those who sell information system products. Also, career opportunities exist working as part of a business system development team and pre-sales or post-sales support for business IT products and consultancy.

 

Computer/Information System Engineers

Career opportunities exist across a wide spectrum in all aspects of information systems hardware and software development in an organization that uses information system, either for support or as products.  

 

Communication Engineer

Career opportunities for graduates of Electrical/Electronics Engineering are available in many communications companies. In particular, one can choose to work in telecommunications Company network management and planning, network design and implementation. Also, opportunities abound in the areas of cellular and mobile telephony, wireless communication, microwave systems and Internet service provision and satellite technology for communications engineers. Television and radio broadcasting employ thousands of communication engineers.

 

Engr. Dr. Obi, Patrick Ifeanyi

Head of Department Electrical/Electronics Engineering