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Automotive Engineering


Automotive Engineering is a 2 years Certificate examined by KNEC.

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About Automotive Engineering

This certificate in automotive engineering focuses on the design and manufacture of cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Students take courses on vehicle and electrical technology, mathematics and software to learn cutting-edge engineering techniques for a wide variety of makes and models, as well as how to effectively repair breakdowns and misalignments.

This course is designed to give students all the fundamental knowledge required to start work immediately upon graduation. This is achieved through a unique, multidisciplinary approach that combines theoretical learning with practical hands-on tasks similar to the daily tasks undertaken in the industry. The on-campus programme will cover a range of topics including workplace policies, procedures, and the relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop.

The technical skills obtained from this certificate in automotive engineering programme pave the way to a successful automative engineering career. Individuals can use their problem solving, teamwork and repair skills to successfully collaborate with peers and assist customers.

Career path:

  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic (Assistant Supervisor)
  • Automotive Manufacturing Engineer
  • Automotive Technical Consultant
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Instructor in Vocational Training Centres

Entry requirements for Automotive Engineering

The minimum entry requirements for the certificate in automative engineering course are:

  • KCSE Mean Grade D (Plain) or;
  • Pass in relevant Artisan Course or;
  • Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC.

Institutions offering Automotive Engineering


Christian Industrial Training College Thika

Private College Thika Town

Christian Industrial Training College (CITC) Thika is a middle-level College that was established in 1972 as a project of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Thika Diocese.CITC is registered...

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Eldoret Technical Training Institute

Private College Soy

Eldoret Technical Training Institute (ETTI) is a modern and dynamic educational institution with strong traditions in both higher and vocational education. (ETTI), prepares students for successful careers, responsible...

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Thika Institute of Business Studies

Private College Thika Town

Thika Institute of Business Studies (TIBS) is a middle-level college situated in Thika Town, Kiambu. TIBS is committed to quality interdisciplinary curriculum delivery that focuses on both academics...

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Kenya Institute of Professional Studies

Private College Starehe

Kenya Institute of Professional Studies (KIPS TECHNICAL COLLEGE) is a premier Tertiary Institution established and mandated to operate as an Educational Training Institute by TIVET authority under the...

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Jodan College of Technology

Private College Thika Town

Jodan College of Technology is one of the leading higher education institutions with an exciting approach to tertiary education and training. Jodan College of Technology boasts modern state-of-the-art...

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Kisumu Institute of Community Development Training

Private College Kisumu East

Kisumu Institute of Community Development Training (KICD ?T) is a college focused on driving social change for community development. Kisumu Institute of Community Development Training offers an exceptional opportunity...

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Christian Industrial Training Center Mombasa

Private College Mvita

Christian Industrial Training Center Mombasa is accredited as both a training and examination Centre under KNEC and NITA providing Technical, Industrial, Vocational, and Entrepreneurial training.

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Kenya Coast National Polytechnic

National Polytechnic Mvita

Kenya Coast National Polytechnic, former Mombasa Technical Training Institute, is the only National Polytechnic in Coast region with the most comprehensive training packages and other first-class facilities. Kenya...

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Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology

Public College Nakuru Town East

The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) is a giant institution offering a total of over 42 different courses in Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft and...

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PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute

Public College Likoni

The Paramount Chief Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute (PCKTTI) is a public institution of higher learning under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.PCKTTI is situated in a serene...

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East Africa Institute of Certified Studies

Private College Starehe

East Africa Institute of Certified Studies (EAICS) has years of experience in delivering effective and efficient training at Diploma and Certificate levels in areas such as ICT, Business...

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Objectives of Automotive Engineering

Automotive engineers are responsible for the design, testing, and production of vehicles and is a well-suited career for individuals who are passionate about cars and how machines work.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of science, math, and engineering technology to solve problems encountered in their professional career.
  • Design, analyse, and build virtual and real models, as well as conduct testing in product development environments through applied computer technologies.
  • Function effectively as a manager, leader, or team member.
  • Communicate effectively across all design and management interface levels of an organisation.
  • Practice timeliness and quality with regard to work requirements.



Automotive Engineering - Programme

The automotive engineering course combines both practical and theory sessions. Some of the subjects you will study include:

  • Tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: Tyre wear patterns that indicate faults in other systems; types and routine maintenance for wheel bearings; faults in braking and suspension systems; operating principles and routine maintenance for power steering systems.
  • Engine fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: Faults for spark ignition and diesel engines, mechanical, cooling and internal heating and air filtration systems; adjustment methods for fuel injected and carburetor systems, diesel injection systems; operation and common faults for electronic and conventional ignition systems
  • Transmission fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: Common faults in
    • Final drives,
    • Drive shaft systems,
    • Operating principles of automatic transmissions,
    • Routine maintenance of automatic transmission,
    • Manual transmissions as well as clutch systems.
  • Electrical and electronic systems fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: Common faults and testing methods for:
    • Battery charging,
    • Starting  system and
    •  Auxiliary systems.
  • Health and safety: Ensure your own actions reduce risks in the automotive environment.

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