Courses of Study

Graduate

School of Computing & Information Technology

School of Engineering

Undergraduate

School of Computing & Information Technology

The School of Computing & Information Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Computing & Information Technology with majors in two (2) categories:

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering currently offers five main programmes:

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Philosophy Statement

The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree aims to provide its students with high quality, affordable, practice-oriented education, which satisfies the mechanical engineering needs of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. It is believed that the mechanical engineer of the future will be involved in the design, construction, implementation and operation of clean and/or zero-waste technologies and in the design and analysis of programmable/ flexible manufacturing systems. The “taught” portion of the course will therefore provide the scientific, mathematical, experimental and workshop competencies needed for these tasks while developing within the student the ability to relate to the society for whom these developments are being effected. Through the industrial cell model and industrial placements, the student will be exposed to engineering practice as well as the non-scientific factors that influence everyday engineering operation. 

The course of study will also equip students with the necessary skills to conduct research, and to develop, design and analyze mechanical processes and equipment. The graduates of the B. Eng. (Mech.) course of study will also be able to deliver products efficiently and safely within market specifications, with minimum environmental impact.

 Mechanical Engineering Course of Study Rationale

In recent years, there has been a steady decline in the manufacturing sector in Jamaica. However, notwithstanding the current global economic crisis, there is a steady increase in the hospitality and tourism industry. As the industry grows and develops, the need for Mechanical and Industrial engineers is growing.

In order to promote industrial renewal in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Region, a well-educated cadre of mechanical engineers is needed. The B. Eng. (Mech.) course aims to affect this process through the impact of graduates in the workplace, through the development of relevant courses and through associated research, design, development and consultancy.

 Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Philosophy Statement

The Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Degree (B. Eng. (CHE)) aims to provide its students with high quality education in the theory and practice of chemical engineering. The profession requires that its engineers be able to apply the principles of physical sciences, economics and environmental concerns in the design, implementation and operation of processes in which materials change their state, composition and/or energy content.

The programme will, therefore, equip its students with the necessary skills to research, develop, design and analyze chemical processes and equipment. The graduates of the B. Eng. (CHE) programme will also be able to efficiently and safely deliver products within market specifications, with minimum environmental impact.

The programme will be delivered in both English and Spanish in order to adequately prepare its graduates for effective careers in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Written and spoken fluency in technical Spanish is achieved via minimum of 9 credits hours in school/specialization courses taught in Spanish either at UTech, or at other Spanish speaking university.

 Chemical Engineering Course of Study Rationale

The chemical engineer is a vital employee of every industrial plant where chemical processes are utilized. In the production process, the chemical engineer manages the process operations with the support of a technologist and guarantees the systematic quality control of products and monitoring processes, which transform raw materials into useful products.

Examples of the more significant industries in which the chemical engineer plays a vital role in Jamaica are:

  1. The petroleum refinery (crude oil is distilled to its various fractions),
  2. The bauxite industry (bauxite is transformed into alumina),
  3. Sugar refinery (sugar cane juice is transformed into sugar and/or rum),
  4. Food processing industries (agricultural products are processed and packaged),
  5. Oil factories (extracted oil from vegetables is transformed into edible oils), and
  6. Wastewater treatment plants.

The role of the chemical engineer in the Jamaican society is under continuous review as chemical processes evolve in response to the needs of society. The B. Eng. (CHE) programme aims to cope with these changes, and to promote industrial renewal in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region, through the education of a cadre of competent chemical engineers, through the development of courses, through enterprise incubation, and through associated research, design, development and consultancy.

Type of jobs that students who successfully complete the programme might expect to obtain;

 Upon successful completion of the course, students are likely to obtain employment as Process Engineer, Process Analyst, Process Control Engineering, Quality and Food Manager, Water/Wastewater Engineer, Production Supervisor, Staff Process Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Technical Engineer or Environmental Engineer.

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Philosophy Statement

Civil engineering is one of the oldest of the engineering professions. Civil engineers, for many centuries, have been helping people throughout the world planning, designing, constructing and maintaining many components of the basic infrastructure on which they depend such as bridges, buildings, dams, airports, foundations, highways, power plants, water and wastewater facilities and other civil structures. The design and construction of these systems are only part of the many challenges and opportunities faced by civil engineers. The recent revolution in computers, communications and data management has provided new resources that are widely used by the professional civil engineer in providing safe, economical and functional facilities to serve our society.

The need for civil engineers in any society and especially Jamaica can be diagnosed by inspecting the infrastructure available to its citizens. Civil engineering satisfies those that have an interest in the technical aspects of engineering or prefer to develop an interest in the business world. Civil engineering is a career path that offers a broad array of career possibilities and can easily blend with other areas of study. In the end, the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering will offer direct pathways to exciting and service-oriented careers.

The curriculum is designed to provide an educational programme of basic and specialized engineering knowledge necessary for its graduates to be proficient in recognized specialties of civil engineering, namely, Construction, Structural Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The approximately 130-credit course of study leads to a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering. This preparation provides graduates with the tools needed for successful practice in the period following graduation and helps to prepare them for eventual licensure as Professional Engineers. In addition to general and technical education, the educational programme stresses professional and ethical responsibilities, an awareness of societal issues, and the need for life-long learning.

The course of study is focused on meeting goals that directly impact the vitality of the Jamaican economy, which will be increasingly focused on energy, sustainability, manufacturing and fabrication.  By preparing more people with knowledge and skill to effectively manage technological advancements and scarce resources, Jamaican firms will be more innovative and productive, better able to compete in the global economy, and better able to adapt to changes such as the convergence of engineering and sciences in manufacturing.

 Type of jobs that students who successfully complete the programme might expect to obtain;

 Upon successful completion of the course, students are likely to obtain employment as Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Civil Design Engineer, Site Engineer, Environment Engineer, and Construction Civil Engineer.

 

Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering Philosophy Statement

The Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering Course of Study aims to develop graduates competent in the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment, money and methods.  The field of Industrial Engineering utilises knowledge and skills in the mathematical and physical sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design.  It is uniquely different from other engineering disciplines in that:

  • It is relevant to most types of industry and commercial activity and works with all levels of the business or organization
  • It is concerned not only with machines, but also with people - to do things better, faster and safer.

Type of jobs that students who successfully complete the programme might expect to obtain;

Upon successful completion of the course, students are likely to obtain employment as Process Analysis, Process Control Manager, Quality and Food Manager, Business Development Manager (Water Treatment), Production Supervisor, Staff Process Engineering, Field Service Engineer, Technical Engineer, and Environment Engineer.

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering Philosophy Statement

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering aims to provide its students with high quality education in the theory and practice of electrical engineering.  The profession requires that its engineers be able to apply the principles of physical sciences, economics and environmental concerns in the design, implementation and operation of processes in which materials change their state, composition and/or energy content.

The intent of the course is, therefore, to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct research, and to develop, design and analyse electrical processes and equipment.  The graduates of the B.Eng. (Elec) course will also be able to deliver products efficiently and safely within market specifications, with minimum environmental impact.

The B.Eng. (Elec.) course of study also seeks to provide cost-effective practice-oriented Engineering Education that targets the industrial needs and opportunities in traditional and emerging electrical engineering arena.

Electrical Engineering Course of Study Rationale

Electrical engineers pursue technical, entrepreneurial and managerial careers in research, design and development, manufacturing, distribution, operations and maintenance. They are a critical human resource for the development of our community, its institutions and industries, especially in light of the current information and communications technology era.  The requisite portfolio of knowledge, judgment and skills to function as an effective Electrical Engineer depends on appropriate study, experience and practice. This course of study has been developed to meet the above stated national human resource educational needs.

In addition, there was a need for students to complete a Bachelor of Engineering within a shorter timeframe based on the feedback from Diploma graduates. In the Post-Diploma model, students took a minimum of eight years, which included industrial experience, to complete the SOE’sB.Eng Degree. In 1995, as a degree-granting institution, the University also gave the mandate for all Faculties to develop four-year degree courses of study.

Feedback from industry suggested that graduates of the Post-Diploma degree were weak in communication skills, as well as socio-economic sensitivities. This four-year degree has been designed to meet the shortcomings of its precursor, promoting design capabilities - a culture of high ethical standards, constructive dialogue, critical thinking and respect for diversity in the wider community. 

Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Diploma in Engineering

Electrical Engineering:

Communications

Power

Instrumentation and Controls 

 Mechanical Engineering