HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Agricultural Engineering Programme is one of the present four (4) Engineering Programmes in the College of Engineering and Environmental Studies of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ibogun Campus. The curriculum of the Agricultural Engineering programme is designed to provide students the opportunity to prepare for specialized professional career. This curriculum leads to the honours degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering, normally, at the end of five years. The programme also provides solid academic background, upon which more advanced degrees could be built, if so desired.
Department of Agricultural Engineering places much emphasis on the necessary balance in Classroom-Laboratory-Industrial training of engineers.
Agricultural Engineering Programme is blessed with seasoned academics, which have excelled in their profession and globally relevant areas of specialization. Larger percentages of the academic and Technical staff had already made their marks in various industrial capacities and are duly registered professionally with learned bodies like the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Agricultural Engineering Department has a standard Tractor shed and equipment workshop (for farm power and Machinery) at Ibogun campus. Plans for the following standard Laboratories is in Ibogun Campus.
These include: Soil and Water Engineering Laboratory, Agricultural Processing and Storage Laboratory, Farm Power and Machinery Laboratory, Farm Structures & Environmental Control Laboratory. Plans are underway to commence the Post-Graduate Programme in Agricultural Engineering to assist in manpower development of industries in the immediate environment.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
Engineering is one of the basic disciplines of the engineering profession, which concerns itself with the design, construction and use of a variety of equipment ranging from manufacturing and power generating equipment to consumer goods It involves designing agricultural machines that are used for the production, harvesting, storage of farm crops, rearing and care of farm animals, irrigation, soil and water engineering.
Training of graduates in Agricultural Engineering at the Olabisi Onabanjo University will specifically take account of the following:
(i) Provision of broad based academic and practical training to achieve mastery in Agricultural Engineering concepts of design, manufacturing, installation, machine operation and service, marketing, consultancy, research and development.
(ii) Equipping the graduates with enough basic principles of maintenance and repair required to cope with the current industrial status of the country, whereby most machine tools and equipment are imported.
(iii) Harnessing of energy resources and conversion into varieties of intended end-use.
(iv) Production of high level man-power capable of working independently through self-employment as well generating employment for the unemployed.
(v) Training individual in the standard engineering practices as applicable to the modern techniques; formulating solutions to the various industrial, manufacturing, and service delivery problems prevalent in our society.