IMDUSTRIAL MECHATRONICS DEPARTMENT


The Kenyan government has directed its priorities towards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is one of the middle level TVET institutions charged with the mandate of training middle level technical manpower. The Institute, established in 1969, is registered under the Ministry of Education to offer Artisan, Craft and Diploma courses. KIST benefited from the Kenya-German initiative for Sustainable Economic Development – Promotion of Youth Employment and TVET through the establishment of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to offer a course in Industrial Mechatronics Technology Level 6. This was in an endeavour to address the youth unemployment challenges by offering industry-oriented technical and vocational training in close cooperation with the private sector. What is Industrial Mechatronics? Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that combines several types of engineering—Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Computer and Systems Design—and refers to the skill sets needed in the contemporary, advanced automated manufacturing industry. Mechatronics specialists create simpler and smarter systems as they design, construct and run factory production lines and automated processes, using their skills in computers, micro-controllers, programmable logic controllers, programming, industrial sensors, hydraulic, pneumatic and electric drives, design of mechanical structures and mechanisms and knowledge of manufacturing processes. The Diploma course in Industrial Mechatronics is offered under the Dual Cooperative Training mode (based on the German Dual Training System). This is an innovative training programme where 50% of the highly practical oriented course is carried out in Industry while 50% of knowledge and work situation simulation is accomplished in KIST. The three-year program is carried out based on the new CBET curriculum developed together with industry. The introduction of Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) reforms aims at improving access, quality and relevance of vocational training, with emphasis on the private sector involvement in designing and implementing TVET programmes. This ensures that graduates are shaped and equipped in accordance with industry requirements as well as the transfer of relevant technology and best practices. Are you ready to be trained as the future high-tech workforce? Hurry up, apply and join KIST for September 2021 intake

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