MSc. in Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Engineering

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND AUTOMATION ENGINEERING I

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Manufacturing is the production of goods for use or sale using labour and machines, tools, chemical and/or biological processing. Modern manufacturing systems integrate a wide range of methods, technologies, equipment and people in a flexible manner. The main concerns are the basic specifications, associated design and development of products, and subsequent operation and maintenance of manufacturing and production systems.

On the other hand, automation is the use of machines, control systems and information technologies to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services. The main motivation is to increase productivity, and quality, and realize economies of scale.

Manufacturing systems have advanced from manual systems, through hardwired and numerically programmed systems to automated systems and intelligent systems. These modern manufacturing systems have much greater flexibility of design and operation, increased speed and precision of performance and the ability to conduct automated data collection and reporting. In addition, advanced manufacturing systems now have the ability to implement distributed control in complex systems.

The goal of this programme is to contribute to developments in, and training for the manufacturing sector. The programme shall be domiciled in the Department of Mechatronic Engineering but it is essentially an inter-disciplinary programme of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering programmes

PROGRAM JUSTIFICATION

Manufacturing engineering transforms raw materials, parts, and subassemblies into intermediate and final products through the use of people, capital, processes, machinery, and operations, following a well-organized plan for each activity. Manufacturing engineering involves designing, planning, and using tools and fixtures, materials and processes, assembly, and automation in the production of the highest quality products while assuring a competitive level of productivity. Modern manufacturing encompasses a range of rapidly changing automation technologies including Programmable Motion Controller (PMC), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC), Robotics, and System Integration.

The role of the manufacturing sector is to create employment and wealth. For example, in Kenya, improved productivity of the industrial sector and its competitiveness in national, regional and international markets is a key factor to raising national standards of living and, therefore, achievement of Vision 2030. It is, therefore, important to provide training at M.Sc. level to provide the required calibre of personnel, who are adaptive and responsive to the changes in this sector.

The programme integrates highly diverse technologies and disciplines, such as design, robotics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), manufacturing systems and control, and green manufacturing, into a comprehensive educational program that will help the graduates fine tune production technologies, assembly, packaging, and shipping facilities. Furthermore, it equips the graduate with skills to work in teams for design and the subsequent manufacturing systems with sensitivity to efficiency, cost, safety and environmental sustainability.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME

Graduates from the programme should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and attitude:

       I.            Knowledge

Graduates should be able to:

  • Apply scientific and engineering principles in the development of solutions to problems in automated manufacturing engineering system.
  • Apply engineering knowledge and codes of practice in the production of innovative designs in advanced manufacturing engineering systems and components.
  • Use computational tools and packages appropriate to advanced manufacturing engineering

    II.            Skills

Graduates should be able to;

  • Identify engineering problems in the Manufacturing and Automation.
  • Select appropriate mathematical methods, analyse, model and solve engineering problems.
  • Interpret engineering data and generate solutions.
  • Plan for the installation and maintenance of advanced manufacturing engineering plants, systems and equipment.
  • Determine the environmental and social impact of advanced manufacturing engineering activities.
  • Report in a professional manner, transfer knowledge to others, hold scientifically based presentations, and publish the research results in scientific media.
  • Evaluate the Manufacturing and Automation Engineering field related solutions and problems.

 III.            Attitude

Graduates should be able to:

  • Be ethical in decision making.
  • Have the ability to work in a team and in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Be engaged in life-long learning in the field of Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Sustain continuous improvement of products and services throughout their life cycles.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

       I.        Direct Entry

The following shall be eligible into admission for the degree of Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Engineering:

  • A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering with at least Second Class Honours, Upper Division, of DeKUT.
  • A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering with at least Second Class Honours, Lower Division, of DeKUT with not less than two (2) years relevant work experience.
  • A holder of a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering, with Second Class Honours-Upper Division or Second Class Honours-Lower Division but with two (2) years professional work experience in area relevant to the programme, from another institution recognised by the DeKUT Senate as being of satisfactory academic status.

 I I.        Credit Transfer

A candidate may be allowed to transfer credit units subject to the following conditions;

  •   Candidate must have taken and passed such units at the same level in the programmes recognized by the University Senate as being equivalent to the Master of Science of DeKUT.
  • No candidate may be allowed to transfer credits exceeding fifty percent (50%) of the total programme weight.
  • The units for which credit transfer is applied are those adjudged by the Senate to contribute to meeting the objectives and learning outcomes of the DeKUT’s programme.
  • Payment of stipulated credit unit transfer fees.

COURSE UNIT AND TITLE

SEMESTER I

CORE
UNITS
SNo. Unit
code
Unit Title Credits
1. EME 6101 Applied Mathematics 5
2. EME 6102 Advanced Robotics and Autonomous Systems 8
3. EME 6103 Advanced Machining Processes 8
4. EME 6104 Environment and Sustainable Development 5
5. EME 6105 Scholars Seminar 1
ELECTIVES
(Choose One)
1. EME 6106 Process Engineering 5
2. EME 6107 Geothermal System and Technology 5

SEMESTER II

SNo. Unit
code
Unit Title Credits
1. EME 6201 Adaptive and Intelligent Control Methods 8
2. EME 6202 Advanced Rapid Prototyping 8
3. EME 6203 Engineering Research Methodology 5
4. EME 6204 Project Management and Planning 5
5. EME 6105 Scholars Seminar 1
ELECTIVES (Choose One)
1. EME 6205 Wind Turbine Technology 5
2. EME 6207 High Performance Materials and Coating 5
3. EME 6206 Manufacturing Systems and Economics 5

Note: Department will advise a student to select elective units according to his/her research areas of interest.

SEMESTER III

SNo. Unit Code Unit Title Credits
1. EME 6301 Micro-Fabrication Techniques and Nanotechnology 8
2. EME 6302 Systems Modelling and Simulation 5
3. EME 6303 Machine Dynamics 5
4. EME 6304 Productivity Management 5
5. EME 6105 Scholars Seminar 1
ELECTIVES (Choose Two)
1. EME 6305 Numerical Mathematics 5
2. EME 6306 Quality Management and Reliability 5
3. EME 6307 Technical Mechanics 5

Note: Semester III has five (5) core and two (2) elective units because this is the semester where students will be on exchange. A DeKUT exchange student will take equivalent six (6) units in German to fulfil the requirements for Master of Science of DeKUT (Kenya) and Master of Engineering of TUAS (Germany).

SEMESTER IV

SNo. Unit Code Unit Title Credits
1. EME 6401 Research Project (Thesis) 30
2. EME 6105 Scholars Seminar 1

Note: Students will be expected to identify projects from a list that will be provided by the Department.