Mechanical Engineering

Engr. Dr. O. E. Isaac

Ag. Head of Department

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1970 along with the Departments of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Marine Engineering (established in 1974) in the School of Engineering of the former College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.

On the 6th of August, 1980, the law establishing the Rivers State University of Science and Technology was promulgated and it transferred to the University the assets and liabilities of the School of Engineering of the College which became the Faculty of Engineering of the University, comprising the aforementioned five departments. The Department of Agricultural Engineering joined the Faculty from the Faculty of Agriculture in 1990.

In 1984, the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN), the body set up by Decree No.55 of 1970 to control the practice of Engineering profession in Nigeria, gave full accreditation to the Bachelor Degree programme of the Department as well as for each of the other four Departments of the Faculty of Engineering of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology at the time. The first batch of the 18 students of the Bachelor Degree programme in Mechanical Engineering graduated in 1985.

As always, the department was given full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2021.

Staff list in the Department

NameRankArea Of Specialisation Email
Prof. S. Odi-OweiEmeritus ProfessorTribology and Applied
Prof. F.J.K. IderiahProfessorFluid Mechanics and Heat
Prof. J. I. SodikiProfessorThermo-Fluid & Mechanical Building
Prof. B.T. Lebele-AlawaProfessorThermo-Fluid, Power and
Dr. B. NkoiReaderThermo-Fluid, Energy
Dr. O. E. IsaacSenior Lecturer/Ag
Mr. M. V. NdorLecturer
Dr. R.K.C. AmadiSenior LecturerThermo-Fluid and
Dr. A. K. Le-olLecturer IThermo-Fluid, Power and
Dr. F. E. OparadikeLecturer
Dr. S. L. BaniLecturer
Mr. E. O. NangiAssistant
Engr. O. K. Wofuru-NyenkeLecturer
Engr. E. C. EkeLecturer llApplied
Mr. S. A. WaliAssistant
Engr. J. C. KingsleyAssistant LecturerProduction/ or
Engr. I. E. ChukuAssistant
Engr. F. WorguAssistant LecturerEngineering
Engr. G. C. AkaninworAssistant
Engr. S. B. GodamWorkshop
Mr. L.E. OzuruokeSenior Tech. Officer
Mr.G. OlunworHigher Tech. Officer
Mr. G. ObotHead Technical Attendant
Mr. L. BiriboAttendance
Mr. G.O. AkataTechnologist
Mr. Dickson DavidTechnical Assistant ll
Mr. B. NwinuekoTechnical Assistant ll
Mr. G. IgoniHead Technical Attendance
Mr. S.A. MichaelHigher Tech. Officer
Mr. A.A. BiriboSenior Tech. Asst.
Mr. M. AmadiTechnologist
Mr. U. K. NwakohuTechnologist II
Mr. O. Igwe- KetteyTechnologist II
Mr. O. T. BriggsTechnologist II
Mr. C. A. IhunwoTechnologist II
Mrs. S. Wike- EzebunwoTechnologist II
Mr. C. OwhundahTechnologist II
Mr. E. M. PromiseTechnologist II
Mrs. I. D. FubaraConfidential Secretary
Mrs. B. YaakorSenior Executive Officer l
Mr. M. W. NnokamAdministrative Officer


The Department runs an undergraduate programme which leads to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree, Master Degree (M. Tech.) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and skills for the development and training of people who would successfully man various mechanical engineering services. It will deepen the students’ grasp of mechanical engineering and introduce them to the techniques and tools of research. It will develop in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department has six Laboratories namely: Thermodynamics Laboratory. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Theory of Machines Laboratory, Metallurgy Laboratory, Tribology Laboratory and the Rotimi Amaechi Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (RACAM). There is also a well-equipped Mechanical Engineering Workshop consisting of Machine Shop, Foundry Section, Sheet Metal Section, Wood-work Section, Plant Maintenance/Automobile Section.



The Department enjoys the support of many industries in and outside Port Harcourt. On its part the Department organizes workshops, carries out researches for and extends its consultancy services to the companies such as Shell, NNPC, NEPA, Crocodile Matchets and the general public.

The University academic regulations are documented in the Students Guide, complemented by the Mechanical Engineering Departmental Prospectus, where issues such as admission requirements, registration, enrolment, examinations matters, graduation requirements, misconduct, code of conduct for staff and students, among others, are spelt out in details. These are presented to students during orientation and from time to time at meetings of Head of Department with students.

The Department has published a programme prospectus which contains adequate information to students and the general public on the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) programme of the Department. Another departmental publication deals with the postgraduate programmes, run by the Department.


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Organisational Structure of the Department

Administrative Process

  • Structure: The Department is organised under a capable Head of Department, appointed by the Vice Chancellor. The Head of Department carries out the day –to-day administration of the Department.
  • How staff are involved in the decision-making process and in general Administration: Members of staff are involved in decision making process through departmental meeting which are mandatory to attend. Major policies affecting staff and students and their welfare are discussed and decided upon at departmental meeting.
  • Policy and practice on staff development: Staff development are encouraged and a number of staff have proceeded for further studies and training.
  • Staff promotion: Staff members are promoted regularly following satisfactory yearly appraisals. Staff members are required to submit their completed appraisal forms to the Head of Department, who appraises all staff of the Department and forwards his recommendations to the Faculty Appraisal Panel. The Panel’s recommendations on successful candidates are thereafter compiled and forwarded to the Appointment and Promotions Committee of the University.


Mechanical Engineering applies basic scientific principles to the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of all forms of mechanical devices, as well as to the management of the human and material resources necessary for these activities. Courses are therefore offered to impart sound knowledge to students on the art of application of the related principles. In a developing economy such as Nigeria, a broad-based training for engineers is preferable to highly specialized training in narrow fields during the undergraduate training of the engineer. The programme offered is therefore guided by this concept.


On completion of the programme, the graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering should be able to:

(i). Prepare and read engineering drawings.

(ii) Design, manufacture and assemble engineering components and systems.

(iii)  Solve engineering problems by analysis and empirical methods.

(iv)  Install, operate, maintain and service plant/machinery, tools and equipment.

(v)   Apply management principles to solve management and organizational problems related to any set-up.

Career Opportunities:

The graduates of mechanical engineering will have employment opportunities in the following sectors of the economy:

  • Federal and State Ministries of Power, Energy, Aviation, Transport, Petroleum Resources, Science and Technology, Steel Development, etc.
  • Automotive, manufacturing, oil/gas, power generation, construction, Air-

Conditioning and refrigeration industries, and mechanized farms.

  • Research institutes, technical sales and engineering consultancy.
  • Technical colleges and institutions of higher learning.
  • Entrepreneurship.