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Engineering

Engineering entails the creative application of natural laws, physical resources, scientific principles and knowledge for the investigation, design and development of practical solutions to real-life problems meeting specified criteria.

 

The Faculty of Engineering 

The Faculty of Engineering prepares students in various engineering fields including electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, materials and materials processing, systems engineering, control, automation and intelligent systems engineering. Graduates from these courses are able to apply their knowledge in design, industrial R&D, production, maintenance and operation applicable to automobiles, aircraft, machines, robots and computer-based systems amongst many others.

 

Undergraduate Study at the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering achieves its training objectives through six departments: Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion; Department of Electronic Systems Engineering; Department of Systems and Control Engineering; Department of Mechanical Engineering; Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.

These departments, in collaboration with other Faculties, are offering a new suite of undergraduate degree programmes to meet today’s engineering and technological needs, as shown in the following diagram

 

B.Eng.(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This is a three-year course providing knowledge and skills for Electrical and Electronic Engineers as required by various industries. All students in this course acquire sound knowledge in electrical circuit theory, analogue and digital electronics, automatic control, signal processing and computer programming. Following the first year of the course, students can opt to follow one of three areas, namely, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Systems & Control Engineering, where each area has its own focus as explained below.

  • Electrical Engineering provides the fundamentals required for the formation of an Engineer who is seeking to work in the electrical energy sector with particular focus on the requirements of the industrial and commercial sector. This course focuses on the electromechanical and electrical aspects of energy generation, conversion, distribution and use.  The course also exposes students to the electrical and electronic design aspects required for the rapidly growing industry of power converters for applications such as: efficient use of conventional energy; renewable energy sources; and control of electric drives for electrical transportation, aerospace and wind energy industries.  The course offers practical training which is supported by software simulation tools.
  • Electronic Engineering focuses on the principles of digital and analogue electronics, providing the skills required to design, simulate, implement and evaluate electronic circuits in the light of the rapidly expanding IT-based economy. Whilst addressing subject areas in traditional electronics, the course has been specifically tailored to industrial requirements by focusing on bridging the link between physical and computer-based systems. Consequently the course includes modules on sensors, instrumentation and measurement, digital processors and interfacing, together with a strong emphasis on programming. Students are also given the opportunity to pursue modules in one of the four thematic areas: advanced digital systems design, integrated-circuit design, high-frequency circuit design and power circuit design.
  • Systems & Control Engineering adopts a system-based approach for addressing complex systems applicable to several industrial scenarios. The course focuses on automatic control, signal and information processing, computational intelligence and computer-enabled systems, implemented by electronics and computer programs. These skills enable graduates to design, develop, manage and maintain: automatic control systems, such as vehicle stabilization and robot control; automation systems; intelligent machines, such as face recognition systems; signal processing algorithms, such as those used in biomedical monitoring equipment; and computational models, such as brain, physiological or climate models. These are applicable in several industries including automotive, marine, biomedical, chemical and aeronautical amongst many others.

 

B.Eng.(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

The three-year Mechanical Engineering course trains students to apply theoretical physical laws for the design and commissioning of mechanical engineering systems. The core subjects give a solid foundation in classical mechanics incorporating thermodynamics of engines, refrigeration and air-conditioning, heat transfer, dynamics, kinematics and vibration analysis of machines, structural integrity and fluid-dynamics. The course is closely connected to wide-ranging local and international industrial and research interests, with possibilities for following other engineering disciplines such as building services, aeronautical and marine engineering. The main areas of employment are, amongst others, in project engineering, plant maintenance, design, development and manufacture of mechanical engineering components in automotive, renewable energy, aerospace and marine sectors.

 

B.Ind.Eng.(Hons) in Industrial Engineering

This degree has been created to meet the requirements of industry by providing students with the correct mix of engineering and management related skills thus preparing them for an engineering management-oriented career. Through the B.Ind.Eng.(Hons) degree graduates will be able  to deal with the conceptual, methodological  and technological tools used by industrial and service companies in the design, development and implementation of materials, products and processes. By spreading the interdisciplinary course over a period of 4 years the additional technical and management skills imparted allow the graduates to be able to take up engineering management jobs besides technical ones, or to embark on a one year full-time M.Sc in Industrial Engineering or related areas.

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Last Updated: 27 January 2009

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