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03/12/2011

Your Career questions answered.

Question:
Is mechanical engineering a marketable course in Kenya?? What fields will one work after graduation?
 Answer:
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING is a fairly marketable course, depending on whether you can
do well in the course. You will need a very high aptitude for Math to excel in the course however. There are mainly two specializations in Mechanical engineering;Production engineering and automotive engineering. Other specialization may include energy engineering, marine engineering etc. Mechanical engineering (Production option) will enable you become an engineer in production and assembly lines, essentially assisting in the manufacture of goods and products. All the goods produced e.g, sugar, margarine, soaps, cooking oil; etc must pass through a production line, so you
bet that the job opportunities will always be there. You could also be involved in the design and fabrication of metallic parts, maintenance of machines, etc. Typical starting salaries are usually between 25,000 and 45,000 per month. The pay can however increase to six figure income (more than 100,000 per month in a few years.) If you specialize in automotive engineering; you will deal with cars assembly and that sort of stuff. Typical employers are the car companies such as General Motors east Africa, Toyota etc. and the oil companies such as Kenol Kobil, Total etc.

Energy engineering is also an upcoming area of interest,and with the energy shortage in Kenya, its likely to be a growing field. Typical employers would include KenGen, Kenya Power, geothermal Power company etc. If you are fortunate enough to be hired as an engineer in the energy sector, then the starting salaries are some of the highest in Kenya, typically more than 60,000 per month, going to a six figure salary in a few years. Wind and solar energy, among other renewable energy sources, are growing areas. You could really check out the specializations within the Mechanical engineering (energy sector,) I'm sure you won't regret.
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Mabinda C.




5 comments:

  1. I was satisfied with your opinion on mechanical eng could yot please do the same on electrical and electronic eng and is it worthy to do it at a polytechnic like kenya poly

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  2. I will do a post on electrical and electronics, perhaps on 6th or 7th, watch this space and enjoy the read.

    Mabinda C.
    Blog Editor.

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  3. am a first year studying bsc.agricultural economics.was asking is this course marketable?which areas can one work at and what is the starting salary? And in what areas can i specialise in when in third year?

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  4. Hi! BSC.agricultural economics is much like economics, in fact, about 90% of the course is related to economics. Therefore, wherever an economics degree holder can work, you can also work there. Some of the specializations in agricultural economics (this differs from one university to another), would include development economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, microfinance, sociology and economics etc.

    The industries where you can work in include banks and financial institutions, agricultural parastatals such as AFC, Agra, Kari, Ministry of agriculture and the civil service in general, KCC, Microfinance institutions, NGOs involved in community, resource and poverty alleviation in villages amongst other sectors. In addition, you could also work for statistics and economic research institutions.
    Hope that is clear, in case of anything, you can always ask again.

    Mabinda C.
    Blog editor.

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  5. Hi,i am good at Mathematics and thinking of doing civil engineering but again i love business..I hear engineering is a realy difficult course and honestly i dont think i want to be deeply immersed in books again for five years though engineering has been my need since i was a kid...i would really appreciate your advice on what course i should take

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