The National Diploma Programme in Railway Engineering Technology is designed to produce diplomates with skills and knowledge to be able to function as technicians in the railway and other related industries such as construction, environmental sector,etc.
On completion of this programme, the diplomate should be able to:
i. Participate in the construction and installation of railway works;
ii. Perform basic railway operations;
iii. Apply general health, safety rules and environmental management in railway transportation industry;
iv. Assist in the maintenance of railway systems;
v. Assist in carrying out basic survey and compilation of inventory;
vi. Writing technical reports on railway assets and activities;
vii. Assist in carrying out basic tests on geotechnical and materials engineering;
viii. Assist in preparing and interpreting basic engineering drawings;
ix. Participate in the planning and development of railway right-of-way;
x. Establish and manage an enterprise.
Entry requirements for the National Diploma in Railway Engineering Technology programme include at least a minimum score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), five credit passes at not more than two sittings in West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE), Senior School Certificate of Education (SSCE), National Technical Certificate (NTC), General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary level, or the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) in relevant subjects. The relevant subjects are: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and one other subject from: Metal Work, Wood Work, Technical Drawing, Basic Electronics, Basic Electricity, Economics, Commerce, Statistics, Further Mathematics, Computer Studies, Geography and Biology or Agricultural Science. (Details of Admission requirements are obtainable in the NBTE annual Directory of Acceditated Programmes)
Goal of HND in Railway Engineering: Know the principles and processes involved in the construction of bridges.
On completion of this module, the student/cadets should be able to:
- Know the principles and processes involved in the construction of bridges.
- Understand planning for bridges site investigation and design principles
- Know substructures of a bridge and their design
- Know different types of bridge and their design
- Know bearings and their importance and loads on bridges
- Know bridges inspection and maintenances
- Understand testing and strengthening of bridges.
- Understand the protection and training works for bridges.
Polytechnics that offer ND/HND Railway Engineering are:
- Kaduna polytechnic
- Federal Polytechnic Damaturu
Where do Railway Engineer work?
A rail systems engineer is responsible for providing insight and technical engineering expertise on railway projects and systems such as traction power, train and traffic signal controls, fare collection, rail vehicles and more.
As a rail systems engineer, you will be responsible for providing technical insight into rail engineering projects for a variety of different systems.