HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the present four (4) Departments which took off effectively in the 2003/2004 academic session under the College of Engineering in the College of Engineering and Environmental Studies of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ibogun Campus.

The curriculum of the Mechanical 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 Science in Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering places much emphasis on the necessary balance in Classroom-Laboratory-Industrial training of engineers.

Department of Mechanical Engineering is blessed with seasoned academics, who have excelled in their 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 Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Mechanical Engineering Department owns the imposing Olusegun Obasanjo Engineering Workshop. While additional major and relevant workshop equipment are being awaited, the department currently has a number of functional metal working tools, metrology equipment, and some metal and wood working machines. Some disused equipment and machines donated to the Department are locally being refurbished with active student participation in the form of SWEP. In no distant time, the awaited ETF funded Workshop equipment is expected to complement the existing ones. The following laboratories are also progressively being developed and equipped: Thermodynamics / Heat Transfer Laboratory, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Machine Design Laboratory, Solid Mechanics Laboratory and Materials Laboratory.

Plans are underway to commence the Post – Graduate Diploma (PGD) programme in Mechanical Engineering to assist in manpower development of the industrial sector in the immediate environment.

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

Mechanical 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. Training of graduates in Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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 individuals 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.