Water Engineering Program Offered at Kenya Water Institute

Diploma 3 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Diploma (Accredited by: Kenya Water Institute)

About Water Engineering Diploma program.

Water engineering is about how water interacts with all aspects of the built and natural environments.

This Water Engineering diploma program looks at the way that natural systems such as rivers, estuaries, and the coasts behave, as well as designing infrastructure to store and direct water.

The syllabus has been developed on a competency-based approach so that the student should be able to have knowledge and skills in the water and waste water technology and management.

The trainee should be able to understand design aspects, construct, operate, and maintain water and waste water-related works.

Objectives of Water Engineering

A water engineer is someone who deals with the provision of clean water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, and the prevention of flood damage.

Their job involves repairing, maintaining, and building structures that control water resources (for example, sea defence walls, pumping stations and reservoirs). 

  • Upon completion of   the Diploma in Water engineering programme, the student should be able to:
  • Apply skills required in problem-solving involving collection and analyses of data and implementation of solutions accurately and efficiently.
  • Apply skills required in the management of the environment and water resources and their related tasks.
  • Identify aquifer formations for groundwater assessment survey.
  • Understand the principles of planning and design of the water supply, wastewater and irrigation and drainage system.
  • Sink and equip boreholes for groundwater abstractions.
  • Construct and install water supply, wastewater, irrigation and drainage systems.
  • Apply skills required in management and operation and maintenances of the components within the water supply, wastewater, solid waste, irrigation, and drainage systems.
  • Communicate effectively on matters related to the job and the environment.

Entry requirements for Water Engineering

The minimum requirements for admission into the o the Technician Diploma programme in Water Engineering are as follows:

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an aggregate mean grade C- (minus), or
  • An approved equivalent qualification may be from Kenya or from other countries.
  • A minimum grade of C- or equivalent in the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry or Physical Sciences.

NB Equation of international academic qualifications shall be done in consultation with Kenya National Examination Council

Water Engineering Course Subjects

This Diploma in Water Engineering programme as a whole takes three years with two graded industrial attachment sessions in the third semester of the first year and third semester of the second year respectively, each lasting 12 continuous weeks.

Each academic year consist of 980 hours including theory, practical and self-study. The ratio of practice to the theory is 40:60%. Industrial attachment is a core component of the programme consisting of 840 hours consisting of 420 hours per session

Year I Semester I Courses

  • Algebra and trigonometry
  • Calculus I
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Surveying I
  • Water Supply Technology
  • Communication Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Workshop Technology
  • Engineering drawing
  • Environmental science
  • Engineering Materials

Year I Semester II Courses

  • Calculus II
  • Chemical & microbial Water Quality
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Mechanical Plant
  • Construction technology
  • Hydraulics 1
  • Soil mechanics I
  • Structural Mechanics I
  • Waste Water Technology I
  • Plumbing and pipe fitting

Year II Semester I Courses

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Electrical Technology
  • Survey II
  • Hydraulics II
  • Water Chemistry
  • Irrigation and Drainage I
  • Hydrogeology I
  • Water and environmental law
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Water Supply Technology II

Year II Semester II Courses

  • Numerical Methods, Power Series
  • Technical Drawing (CAD)
  • Drilling technology
  • Remote Sensing & GIS I
  • Structural Mechanics II
  • Measurement of Civil Eng. Quantities
  • Waste Water technology II
  • Soil Mechanics II
  • Principles of Management
  • Construction plant and equipment

Year III Semester I Courses

  • Complex Numbers and Matrices
  • Entrepreneurship Education &Business plan
  • Environmental Management
  • Estimating and Costing
  • Remote Sensing & GIS for WE II
  • Irrigation and Drainage II
  • Legislation & Ethics for WE
  • Construction management
  • Non-Revenue Water
  • Project Planning and Management

Year III Semester II Courses

  • Structural Design
  • Community Development in Water Man.
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • Advanced Water Supply Technology(elective)
  • Advanced Waste Water Technology(elective)
  • Applied Hydrology(elective)
  • Applied Hydrogeology(elective)
  • Drilling Technology(elective)
  • Irrigation and Drainage Advanced(elective)
  • Project

About Kenya Water Institute

Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) was established by the KEWI Act 2001 is mandated to offer training, administer examinations offer research and consultancy services in the wider water sector in Kenya.

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