With the turn of the century, the field of mechanical engineering enters a particularly vital era. The “information age,” born in the last century, has already affected every aspect of our discipline and, without a doubt, revolutionized the field of mechanical engineering.
At the beginning of the 20th century, mechanical engineers designed and worked with large rotating machines. Today, our work spans all areas of energy production and transfer, as well as the vast area of system design and control.
Mechanical Engineering as an engineering subject has great relevance and provides valuable insights for students who are interested in understanding transmission and maintenance issues in society. Mechanical Engineering has gained importance in various transmissions and power generation in this changing world. It provides a foundation for students in their quest to know hands-on skills based on Competence Based Training (CBT) models in both workplace and research.
The four-year Bachelor of Technology programme in Mechanical Engineering seeks to prepare students with the appropriate skills for the understanding of workplace experience. This programme will develop and sharpen the workplace capabilities of students and appropriately apply the relevant skills in establishing themselves in small to large scale businesses or fit into the industry requirement.
Goal and Objectives of the Programme
The goal of the programme is to provide students with the necessary hands-on skills and training through practical and workplace experience and internships to help them improve their skills in analyzing and finding solutions to technical and vocational issues and problems.
The specific objectives are to:
- Enable students to acquire relevant technical/vocational skills and perspectives on manufacturing and maintenance problems
- Enhance students’ analytical and problem solving skills on manufacturing and maintenance problems.
- Help improve the ability of students to deal with technical/vocational problems
Head of Department
Dr. L. E. Ansong is the head of department. He obtained a PhD degree from Moscow Energy Institute in Thermal Engineering investigating characteristics of Turbulent Boundary layer flow with injection with a view to cooling gas turbine blades. He has a Higher Certificate in Fluid Mechanics from Friendship University, Moscow. He obtained an MSc (Turbo-machinery) Degree from Friendship University in Moscow specialising in the Design, Manufacture and Maintenance of Steam and Gas Turbine Power Plants. Research interest was in investigating the Characteristics of aircraft engines with altitude. He has considerable practical experience during attachment to the Vunukova Aerodrome aircraft maintenance Factory in Moscow, attachment to the Nevsky Metal Industry in former Leningrad now Petersburg which designs and manufactures some of the most powerful steam and gas Turbines in the world and attachment to the Nevuinaminsk Thermal Power plant where the first of its kind, a combined steam and gas turbine electricity generating plant was operational. He has a wide range of interests encompassing: modelling and simulation of flow around solid bodies, computational fluid dynamics, design and manufacture of hydraulic turbines, pumps, compressors and wind turbines. His focus has been adaptation of technologies for the local manufacture of a number of machines needed in developing economies.
Teaching Experience: His teaching experience spans 25years at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi where he lectured in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and headed the department for a year before retirement. He taught almost all the courses in the department but he is most fervent in the teaching of Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Machinery and Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). He actually initiated the CAD/CAM course at KNUST and taught it for several years. He headed the Well Pump unit and made modifications to the design of the KNUST Hand Pump to suit local manufacture. For eight years he doubled as the Transport Engineer for KNUST and also lectured at the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He was part of the team that initiated the Thermo-fluids MSc Degree programme in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and for a number of years taught the courses: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbo-machinery, Fluid Dynamics, and Thermal Power Plants at the MSc level.
He has lectured at KAAF University College’s Mechanical Engineering Department for about four years.
PATENT: Patented a ”Fufu” Pounding machine with co-authors Prof. K.O.Kessey and Mr R.E. Dodoo.
EXTERNAL EXAMINER: He continues to offer services as an external examiner for MSc and PhD candidates at KNUST.
HOD Views On WHAT MECHANICAL ENGINEERING IS AND WHAT AGIHL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OFFERS.
The mechanical engineering discipline is probably the broadest of all the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers identify a human need, conceptualize the need into ideas, design and manufacture devices, equipment and machines that satisfy the human needs. Mechanical engineers need to understand the effects of forces (internal or external) in and on bodies and system of bodies and the thermal effects on system of bodies.
Dramatic technological advancements that are currently taking place in the world could not and cannot be conceivable but for the massive contribution of the mechanical engineering discipline. The achievements of mechanical engineering are innumerable but we can cite a few of them in the creation of: air and space transportation( aircrafts, rockets and propulsion engines, satellites); automobiles and earth moving equipment; fluid machinery(hydraulic, gas and wind turbines, pumps, compressors); ships; robots; medical devices; control systems; sensors and actuators; thermal power plants; machine tools; air conditioning and refrigeration plants; trains; simple and complex mechanisms that cut down drudgery and extend physical capabilities of humans. Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and operate machinery and processes using mathematics, mechanics (both statics and dynamics), thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, material science, structural analysis, electrical and optical principles.
The Assemblies of God Institute of Higher Learning is offering a number of optional specialities in mechanical engineering that will empower men and women graduating from the Mechanical Engineering Department to enter various fields to design and manufacture machinery, equipment, tools, instruments and devices to satisfy the needs of developing and developed economies. The options are: Manufacturing Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering and Welding and Fabrication Engineering. Our syllabi are focused on Competency Based Training for every module. Theory is completely married to practice using our laboratories and workshops, and taking advantage of our proximity to the industrial hub of Kumasi i.e. the Suame Magazine to expose students to the development of entrepreneurial acumen. Join us for an exciting career development.