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.

 

DIPLOMA COURSES

  1. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Production Option)

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform and manage tasks in production Engineering and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of C- (Minus) and above at KCSE and they should have done and passed in Mathematics, Physic and English.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms).  The full course has a total of 3 modules.

  1. Diploma in Automotive Engineering

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them manage tasks in the Vehicle industry and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of C- (Minus) and above at KCSE and they should have done and passed in Mathematics, Physic and English.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms).  The full course has a total of 3 modules.

  1. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Plant Option)

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform and manage maintenance tasks in industrial plant and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of C-(Minus) and above at KCSE and they should have done and passed in Mathematics, Physic and English.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 3 modules.

 

CRAFT COURSES

  1. Craft Certificate In Marine Engineering

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform and manage maintenance tasks in marine vessels and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

 

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of   D (plain) and above at KCSE.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 2 modules.

  1. Craft Certificate in Automotive Engineering

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform and manage maintenance tasks in vehicle and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of   D (plain) and above at KCSE.

 

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 2 modules.

  1. Craft Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education graduates (or equivalent qualifications), to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform and manage tasks in production Engineering and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have a Mean Grade of   D (plain) and above at KCSE.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 2 modules.

ARTISAN COURSES

  1. Artisan in Seafarer

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform maintenance tasks in marine vessels and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

The student applying for the course must have completed KCPE.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 2 modules.

  1. Artisan in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform repair maintenance tasks in refrigeration and air conditioning and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is modularized such that the trainee covers one module in one academic year (3 terms). The full course has a total of 2 modules.

  1. Artisan in Motor Vehicle Mechanics

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform repair maintenance tasks in motor vehicles and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is divided into grade III, II & I

  1. Artisan in Motor Vehicle Electrics

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform repair maintenance tasks in motor vehicle electrical systems and related fields and at the same time prepare them for further training.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is divided into grade III, II & I

  1. Artisan in Welding & Fabrication

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform welding and fabrication tasks and at the same time prepare them for further training.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is divided into grade III, II & I

  1. Artisan in General Fitter

This course is designed for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) graduates (or equivalent qualifications) and above, to provide trainees with skills knowledge and attitudes that will enable them perform general fitter tasks and at the same time prepare them for further training.

Admission of new students is done at the beginning of every term (January, May and September).

The course is divided into grade III, II & I

ASSESSMENT/EXAMINATIONS

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).

INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT

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.