Mechanical, Automotive & Marine Engineering Department

Kevin Ochieng

Head of Department

Welcome to the mechanical, automotive & marine engineering department at the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic. Thank you for your interest in the department. We at Kenya Coast National Polytechnic are focused to give you reliable competency based technical knowledge, skills and attitudes including practical industrial experience organized and supervised by the polytechnic and the industry.  The department offers various programmes at diploma, craft certificate, artisan and tailor made short courses.

The programmes include:

  • Mechanical engineering (production option),
  • Automotive engineering,
  • Mechanical engineering (industrial plant option),
  • Marine engineering,
  • Seafarer,
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning,
  • Welding and fabrication,
  • Motor vehicle mechanics,
  • Motor vehicle electrics, and
  • General fitter.

With the support of the Government through the Ministry of Education and the Polytechnic Council, the department is highly equipped with state of the art workshops having modern equipment including specialized diagnostic machines, computer numerical control (CNC) machines modern welding equipment and many others.

The department has a student population of more than 900 students.  The department is the mother department for the newly established Regional Centre of Excellence in Marine Transport and Port Logistics, sponsored by the Government of Kenya and the World Bank.

Craft Courses

Artisan Courses


Internal examinations are administered by the Polytechnic in form of continuous assessments and end of term examinations. At least two continuous assessment tests are administered per term except for the external examination term.

The trainee sits for a national examination at the end of each module.  Progression to the next module is subject to successful completion and attainment of a pass in the previous module.

Field visits are organized according to lecturer’s requests to expose trainees to relevant industries in the trade areas.

 National Examining Bodies

All Diploma and Craft Courses are examined by Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

  • Artisan in Seafarer and Artisan in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning are examined by KNEC.
  • Artisan in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Motor Vehicle Electrics, General Fitter, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning and Welding & Fabrication are examined by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The students go for industrial attachment in the most relevant fields of their trade for at least 330 hours in module II. During the attachment term the trainee is exposed to the real world of work and applies the knowledge and skills attained in class.