Bachelor in Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering (General/Honours)

Programme Description

The programme leading to a B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering is a five-year programme with the first year spent doing foundation courses which are common for all engineering disciplines. Some of these courses, which are run at the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, include Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The students are exposed to the departmental modules at year two; from year three onwards they are taught mechanical and maintenance engineering modules. In the transition from year 4 to 5, the students are placed in industry for at least four months where they are exposed to the rudiments of real-life engineering practices and problem solution.

 Assessment

The overall course grading is as follows: Attendance (5%), Assignments, test and other coursework (25%), and Examination (70%). 

Career Opportunity

Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types, including automobiles, airplanes, rockets, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more. In addition, mechanical engineers design and analyze the energy sources that provide power to machines, fluids that interact with machines and the materials from which machines are constructed. Mechanical engineers also work in cutting-edge fields such as alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly “green” manufacturing processes. Another important application of mechanical engineering is in medicine, where artificial organs, surgical tools and drug-delivery systems are vital to human well-being.

 Enquiries

Programme Lead: Dr. Michael A. Conteh  M: +232 79 880951  E:  michael.conteh@usl.edu.sl 

 

Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Civil Opion) (General/Honours)

Programme Description

The programme leading to a B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in Civil Engineering is a five-year programme with the first year spent doing foundation courses which are common for all engineering disciplines. Some of these courses, which are run at the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences include Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Mathematics. The students are exposed to the departmental modules at year two; from year three onwards they are taught civil engineering modules. In the transition from year 4 to 5, the students are placed in industry for at least four months where they are exposed to the rudiments of real-life engineering practices and problem solution. A sizable amount of higher geology modules is being done also at the penultimate and final years of the programmed in order to strengthen students understanding of geomaterials and underground water as they affect foundation design and groundwater. 

Assessment

The overall course grading is as follows: Attendance (5%), Assignments, test and other coursework (25%), and Examination (70%). 

Career Opportunity

Civil engineers help shape modern society by designing, planning and managing the construction of complex infrastructures such as bridges, roadways, and commercial developments. In the near future, the role of civil engineers will involve more than the application of technical skills and engineering principles to develop new infrastructures. New career opportunities for civil engineers are opening up in the field of environmental and sanitary engineering, project management and procurement.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), civil engineering in 2025 will include an added societal pressure to contribute to a sustainable world and improve the global quality of life. To address these new responsibilities, engineers must learn how to integrate the latest technical innovations, apply sustainable approaches, use techniques that respect the natural environment, and become leaders in infrastructure-related public policy. It is both a challenging and exciting time to have a career in civil engineering. A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is the foundation of a career as a civil engineer. Following a bachelor’s degree, ambitious civil engineers who want to further their occupations may consider earning a graduate degree. An advanced degree can elevate a civil engineer’s position, providing opportunities to take on leadership and specialized roles.

Enquiries

Programme Lead: Dr. Abdul A. Koroma       M: +232 79 358141                         E: abdul.koroma@usl.edu.slaakoroma@mtu.edu

 

Bachelor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (General/Honours)

Programme Description

The programme leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Honours) is a five years programme that aims to provide graduates with initially a solid foundation in all Engineering disciplines offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in the first year, followed by a broad range of discipline-specific modules in the subsequent years. More specifically fundamental modules of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Technology are covered in the second and third year, after which students would then choose one of the three options: Power, Communication or Computer Technology based on their competencies for specialization. In years 4 and 5, students carry out mini and final year project respectively that accounts for a significant portion of the total marks computed for the award of a degree. And in the transition from year 4 to 5, students are sent for Industrial experience for a period of 5-6 months, after which an industrial attachment report is submitted that forms part of the requirements to be fulfilled for the degree. 

Assessment

The overall course grading is as follows: Attendance (5%), Assignments, test and other coursework (25%), and Examination (70%). 

Career Opportunity

Electrical and Electronics engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems, such as communications systems, power generation equipment, computer and network management systems etc. Jobs directly related to Electrical & Electronic Engineering include: Electrical Engineer, Electronic Engineer, Telecommunication engineer, Broadcast Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Control and Instrumentation engineer, Computer Science Engineer, IT Specialist, Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Robotics Engineer etc.

Enquiries

Programme Lead: Dr. Samba Sesay M: +232 76 323708 E: samba.sesay@usl.edu.sl

 

Bachelor in Mining Engineering, with Honours

Programme Description

Our Mining Engineering degree is a five-year honours programme, designed to equip its graduates with the technical, operational, and management rudiments and competencies to serve the extractive industry, both at home and abroad.  Our graduates are equipped to apply science and technology to plan, design, develop, optimise, and safely operate and manage mining and mineral projects.  Implemented within the framework of the considerable teaching capacity within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the Mining Programme is a multi-disciplinary educational project, with service inputs from the Geology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical & Maintenance, and Electrical Engineering Departments, and a broad-based but rigorous grounding in math and physics.  A semester-long placement module immerses our students at the heart of the mining industry, thus availing them a hands-on appreciation of their career possibilities. A dissertation at the end of the programme grants the students an opportunity to independently apply their learnings to the solution of real-life mining challenges, and to present and defend their findings and solutions before a panel of examiners.  Throughout their studies, the students have an opportunity to interact with speakers from industry, at a mandatory weekly seminar that forms an integral part of the degree programme. 

Assessment

The overall course grading is as follows: Attendance (5%), Assignments, test and other coursework (25%), and Examination (70%). 

Career Opportunity

The depth and multi-disciplinary character of our mining engineering degree means that our graduates can confidently build careers in mine engineering, safety, mineral processing, environmental engineering, construction, mineral sector regulation, and management.  They may work within mining operations, in consulting firms, academia, regulatory agencies (such as the National Minerals Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency), or, after some experience, as technical executives in investment banking.  We also lay a foundation for later cross-disciplinary studies in a broad range of areas, including, Environment, Economics, other branches of Engineering, and Banking, for a truly global career dimension. The mining programme also seeks to stoke interests in entrepreneurial initiatives, and systematically and routinely encourages students’ pursuit and demonstration of a genuine professional touch. 

Enquiries

Programme Lead: Dr. Solomon A. Tucker   M: +232 76 579764/30 028142

E: solomon.tucker@usl.edu.sl

 

Bachelor in Architecture (General/Honours)

Programme Description

The programme leading to B. Sc Architecture is a four-year programme that will serve as a pre-requisite to the Master of Science in Architecture which will complete the academic requirements to register as a professional architect.

The aim of the department is to develop programmes which will make it a Centre of Excellence and innovation in architectural education both in scholarship and professional practice so that it can effectively respond to the rapid and changes needs of society. Sierra Leone needs not only architects but construction professionals in the Ministries of Works, Lands, Housing and Country Planning and Local Government to drive the government agenda so that Sierra Leone will become a middle-income country.

Department aims at offering quality and versatile training to students and construction professionals to become leaders through internationally accredited degree programmes which will produce competent professionals, sound in both theory and practice of architecture at home and abroad.

As in most Architectural Schools in the world, the Studio Programme (Architectural Design Studio) remains the pivotal course around which the Theoretical courses are structured and taught in the Department.

 Assessment

The overall course grading is as follows: Attendance (5%), Assignments, test and other coursework (25%), and Examination (70%). 

Career Opportunity

There is great demand for trained and qualified architects in Sierra Leone and West Africa Sub-Region.  There are currently less very few architects (about 20) on Sierra Leone Institute of Architects registered and the average age is over Sixty Years (60). The United Nation has estimated that Sierra Leones needs Three Hundred and Fifty350) architects. The course is broad based so that graduates can also work in with contractors, government departments and agencies as project

Enquiries

Programme Lead: Mr. Ken P. Ndomahina RIBA M: +232 79  880819 E: kndomahina@aol.com

 

Entry Requirements 

The minimum entry requirement is five credits at not more than two sittings in WASSCE.

Candidate must satisfy the following three categories for Admission to Year I 

Category A: Maths/Further Maths, English Language, Physics (the minimum credit

required for this category is C5, except for English Language for which a minimum credit of C6 is required)

Category B:  Chemistry or Science Core (the minimum credit required for this catergory is C6)

Category C – Technical Drawing, Engineering Science, Computer Science, Biology, Geography (the minimum credit required for this catergory is C6).

Candidates with the minimum of 5 “O” level Credits including English language of “C” or better and with Credits of “C” or better in Mathematics and at least one “A” level subject chosen from Physics and Chemistry, will be admitted to Year II.

OND Candidates

A Pass or Credit at OND with the minimum of C6 in English Language at WASSCE will be admitted to Year II, but without the minimum of C6 in English Language at WASSCE will be admitted to Year I.

HND Candidates

A Pass or Credit at OND and Credit at HND with the minimum of C6 in English Language at WASSCE will be admitted to Year III, otherwise a Pass or Credit at OND and Pass at HND with the minimum of C6 in English Language at WASSCE will be admitted to Year II.

All OND and HND candidates with the entry requirements but without the minimum C6 in English Language at WASSCE will be required to take and pass the College Matriculation English Language exam for admission.