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Mechanical Engineering


 It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of  Mechanical Engineering. Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. The Department is manned by a team of experienced academic staff who are at the forefront of teaching and research in their various fields of specialization.As you join the Department or wish to do so, be rest assured that you will be meeting a dedicated and hardworking team of academic staff ever ready to impart their best.I wish to express my gratitude to members of academic staff of the Department for their contribution to the progress of the Department. Thank you and God bless.

History of the Department

me-buiding2In 1988, the Board of NDA approved the establishment of the Faculty of Engineering made up of Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering.  Sequel to this approval, the Commandant of NDA visited the Nigerian Air Force Technical Training Group (NAF TTG) and toured their Laboratories and Workshops.  It was found that the workshop facilities and to some extent the Laboratories in NAF TTG were suitable for the proposed engineering programme of the Academy.  Consequently, the Commandant directed that arrangements be made to start the teaching of engineering Courses in NDA in September, 1989.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering eventually commenced activities in September 1989 with an initial strength of 4 Academic staff and 3 non-academic staff.  The training in the department was designed to last for 5 years and provide Officer Cadets with knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of engineering and the use of such knowledge for the benefit of the Nigerian Armed Forces.  Furthermore, the training is aimed at giving the Cadet’s attributes that are essential for a progressive and continuous development of a career of exemplary service to the nation.  The courses in the Department lead to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.

  The Department graduated its first B.Eng Bachelor of Engineering Degree Cadets at the end of the 1992/93 academic session.   Over the years, all the required Laboratories and Workshop have been built and equipped to support academic programmes in the Department The original academic curriculum of the Department was accredited by the National Universities Commission in 1999. Based on the report of the Committee set up in 2001 to review the curricula of the Faculty of Engineering as directed by the Governing Council of NDA, a modified curriculum to redirect the training of cadets of the department to be in line with the engineering exigencies of the Nigerian Military was approved and became operational by the 2002/2003 academic session.

Degree Programme

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 Requirements

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


Academic Staff

S/N Name Qualification Rank Research Interest
1. Dr (Capt) DK Garba (Rtd) ND HND PGD M.Eng PhD Snr Lect Material Development
2. Prof SY Aku B.Sc MSc PhD Prof Corrosion Prevention . composite Materials and Welding Technology
3. Prof AK Oyinlola MSc PhD Prof Machine Tools and Tooling Deformation Processing and Design
4 Prof JS Enaburekhan B.Sc M.End PhD Prof Renewable Energy Systems
5. Dr OF Agboola MSc PhD Assoc Prof Steel Making
6 Dr N Achara B.Sc MSc PhD Snr Lect Computational Fluid Dynamics and Renewable Energy Systems
7 Dr SO Yakubu B.Sc MSc PhD Snr Lect Process Engineering Coating Technology and Cutting Fluids
8 Dr JO Akindapo B.Sc MSc PhD Snr Lect Development of Composite Materials for Military Application
9 Dr MU Bonet MSc PhD Lecturer I Internal Combustion Engines – Gas Turbine Power and Propulsion
10 Engr O Oyekunle MSc Lecturer I Thermo fluid & Energy
11 Engr TN Guma B.Eng MSc Lecturer I Corrosion Engineering
12 Wg Cdr NC Ozoekwe (Rtd) B.Eng M.Eng Lecturer I Failure Analysis of Materials
13 Engr SU Mohammed B.Eng M.Eng Lecturer I Design and Development of Renewable Energy Systems
14 WC Solomon B.Eng M.Eng Lecturer I Design Analysis and Application ofRenewable Energy Systems
15 Capt(Dr) Imam Abubakar B.Eng M.Eng PhD Lecturer Mechatronics/Robotics


Technical Staff

S/N Name Rank
1 IAA Bokuta Chief Technologist
2 Engr Akor Terngu Asst Chief Technology
3 Mrs Odunola Bashirat Principal Technologist
4 Mary Samuel Senior Technologist I
5 MK Mohammed Senior Technical Officer
6 Jaafaru Mohammed Senior Technical Officer
7 Iliyasu Suleiman Senior Asst Technician
8 Godwin Asinde Senior Asst Technician

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nigerian Defence Academy
Afaka, Kaduna.