The general philosophy of the programme is to produce graduate military officers with a high academic standard and adequate background and of immediate value to the needs of the Military in particular, technology Industry and the Nation in general. In order to achieve this philosophy, the Department’s programme is designed to train Mechanical Engineering graduate officer engineers capable of solving local problems and applying themselves effectively to the needs of the various sections of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. In fulfilment of the above, specific features have been incorporated into the programme. These include others:
1. Common Foundation years at 100 and 200 levels for all Cadets
2. Workshop practices, laboratory works and industrial visits.
3. Project in the final year on which the cadets work independently under supervision.
4. Special skills and in-depth study in a particular area of the programme through optional courses as electives.
5. Adequate knowledge in the areas of Engineering Management, Economics and law.
6. Adequate knowledge in the Science and/Technology of Military Engineering.
7. Adequate knowledge of social sciences issues relevant to the Military in their interaction with the environment and with people in war and peace periods.
Admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy is highly competitive. Considering the military training coupled with the academic demands vis-a-vis the philosophy and objective of the NDA, it becomes imperative for any prospective candidate to be completely above average, to able to cope with the high standard required in the Academy. It must be borne in mind that, the NDA, being a degree awarding institution, must meet the necessary academic standards acceptable to the National University Commission (NUC). Basic Minimum Requirements are thus as follows
1. He/she must normally be a Nigerian citizen.
2. His/her age must fall within 16-17 years.
3. He/she must be physically, mentally and medically fit.
4. He/she must posses any of the following educational qualification – WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent with at least 5 credits in appropriate subjects obtained in not more than 2 sittings. Three (3) of these must be Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Credit in English Language is compulsory with another science subject. A credit in Further Mathematics is an added Advantage.
5. Having obtained the above-mentioned qualifications the candidate must obtain and properly fill the NDA application form for the entrance examination. Candidates are required to sit and pass the entrance examination conducted by the Academy after obtaining national JAMB cut-off points. The Academic Branch of NDA is responsible for the setting and marking of the Entrance Examination. Candidates are required to answer questions from the General English paper, and three other subjects of their choice of discipline. At the end of the examination, successful candidates are shortlisted for the Armed Forces Selection Board interview on quota basis.
6. During Armed Forces Selection Board (AFSB), interview, which usually last two to three weeks, successful candidates are made to undergo the following:
a. Medical Training
b. Physical Training
c. Written Aptitude Test
d. Planning exercise
e. Oral interview
7. The final selection of candidates is based on merit and quota system according to the needs of the three services of the Armed Forces.
Cadets Industrial Training Experience, (2 Semesters), Educational Field Trip to Selected Industries. (One week); final year research projects, (2 Semesters)
Programme Duration Structure
The B.Eng Programme in Mechanical Engineering is designed for years comprising both classroom work and industrial work experience training as follows:
1. 100 level, 200 level, 300 level and 400 level – Lecture room work, laboratory work and Workshop training
2. 500 level – CIWES