Agricultural Engineering Diploma at Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology.
This Agricultural Engineering course offered at Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology is a 3 years Diploma program accredited by KNEC.
Agricultural Engineering is the area of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and improvement of farming equipment and machinery. Agricultural engineers lead the development of sustainable agricultural systems and food production by applying engineering principles, designs, and technologies to improve food security, protect the environment, and sustain life.
This Agricultural Engineering diploma program provides students with adequate knowledge in appropriate areas of mechanical, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering, construction technology, hydraulics, and soil mechanics.
There are four primary branches within this agricultural engineering diploma program:
Farm power and machinery engineering. This field is concerned with advances in farm mechanization—tractors, field machinery, and other mechanical equipment.
Farm structures engineering. This field studies the problems of providing shelter for animals and human beings, crop storage, and other special-purpose facilities.
Soil and water control engineering. This field deals with soil drainage, irrigation, conservation, hydrology, and flood control.
Electric power and processing engineering. This field is concerned with the distribution of electric power on the farm and its application to a variety of uses, such as lighting to control plant growth and certain animal production operations.
Upon completing this Agricultural Engineering diploma program, you will be able to perform the following duties at the workplace:
- Plan and design the building of irrigation, drainage, and flood- and water-control systems
- Review research and literature relating to current discoveries in the field
- Collect field and control samples of biological samples and non-living media in order to perform analyses
- Engineer the construction of agricultural buildings and storage facilities in order to engineer a system that is the most efficient while also the most cost-effective
- Design equipment and machinery used for field preparation, seeding, spraying, harvesting, and transporting agricultural products
- Ensure equipment design is consistent with local codes and farming culture as well as catering to the resources available in the region
- Supervise all aspects of the production and delivery of agricultural products from seed to table
- Prepare and present technical reports, meet with clients, and communicate technical concepts to internal and external stakeholders
- Advocate for sustainable agriculture on a local and national level to interested parties
- Research to find new ways of farming, harvesting, and storage
- Conduct research for the design of new structures and systems
- Conduct research in the field and lab to develop practices for food production that protect the environment
Agricultural Engineering Entry Requirements
- Pass in relevant Craft Course
- KCSE Mean Grade C- (Minus)
- Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC.