Bsc. Marine Engineering


Course Overview

Marine Engineering at JKUAT is a five-year degree course that allows the student to specialize in marine systems engineering or naval architecture. Marine Engineering, broadly, is that branch of engineering which deals with the design, fabrication, manufacture, maintenance and solving of engineering problems of the various engineering systems found onboard sea going vessels. These engineering systems include the following: the propulsion unit, which is the ship’s engine(s) also called the power plant; the electric power generating units; the electronic systems; the pneumatic systems; the hydraulic systems; the control systems; the boiler system; air conditioning and refrigeration systems; and the sewage and disposal systems.

Course Objectives

  1. To provide manpower to design and build ship hulls
  2. To provide manpower to select and design various machinery and systems in the shipping industry
  3. To provide manpower to operate and maintain machinery and systems in the shipping industry
  4. To provide manpower to design and use other related structures on-and-off shore
  5. To provide manpower to work in management positions in government and maritime industry


Entry Requirements

The following shall be eligible for consideration for admission into the degree programme:

  1. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) applicants should satisfy all the requirements below:

(i)   A candidate must have a mean aggregate of at least grade C+(plus) and;

(ii)  The mean grade for the total score in the four cluster subjects must be at least C+(plus) and;

(iii)  In the individual cluster subjects, a candidate must have at least the scores given below:

Mathematics                                          C+

English or Kiswahili                             C+

Physics or Physical Sciences               C+

Chemistry                                               C+

Geography or Biology                          C+

Any group IV subjects                          C+

2. Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or the A-level equivalent should satisfy all the requirements below:

(i) At least two principal passes in Mathematics and Physics; and

(ii) At least a total score of nine(9) points at the KACE or equivalent; and

(iii) At least a credit pass in chemistry at the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) or its equivalent.

3.  Higher Diploma holders: A candidate holding a Higher Diploma from Kenya National Examination Council shall be admitted into the third year of study.

4.   Diploma applicants: A candidate must be a holder of JKUAT diploma in engineering with at least a credit pass in the relevant discipline. Diploma holders will normally be admitted into the second year of study.

5.   A holder of other qualifications recognized by the Senate as equivalent to 1, 2, 3 or 4 above.


Medical fitness requirements

Due to the nature of the profession, all students to be admitted to this course must also undergo a medical fitness test by a medical practitioner approved by Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA). Only students who are declared medically fit will be admitted to this programme.


Career Opportunities

Careers within the Marine Engineering discipline exists with organizations such as port authorities, the navy, research and teaching institutions, shipping building, ship repair and maintenance, cargo handling services. Jobs available for Marine engineering graduates include but are not limited to the following: Marine equipment specialist, Ship’s engineer, Hydrographic surveyor, Ship design engineer, Marine structural engineer, Marine systems engineer, Marine Engineering lecturer, Marine construction inspector, Shipyard project engineer, Oil rig construction specialist.