ABU Faculty of Engineering

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The Faculty of Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University was one of the pioneer faculties of the university. It inherited the engineering facilities of the Zaria branch of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology which had offered an external degree program in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. The faculty currently offers a bachelor degree in Engineering (B.Eng) in all depts and a Bachelor of Science in Surveying and it also awards post graduate degrees at all departments.

The faculty is governed by the dean and vice dean who chair the faculty board and also a standing committee comprised of the heads of departments and professors of the faculty.

The faculty has conducted various research efforts to meet the national needs of Nigeria


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering


The Faculty started out in 1962 with three departments and was later expanded to a total of eight departments. The first three departments, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering were inherited from the college of arts and science. Further departments added included surveying, Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

The pioneer dept of Civil Engineering gave birth to the department of Land Surveying which started offering programmes in 1970 while the department of Metallurgical Engineering was carved out of the Mechanical Engineering dept in 1977 becoming autonomous in 1980. The Water Engineering dept was taken out of the Civil Engineering dept.

Two other departments started out as divisions at other faculties, this included the Agricultural Engineering dept which was part of the Institute of Agricultural Research and later the Faculty of Agriculture at ABU and Chemical Engineering which was formerly Industrial Chemistry in the Faculty of Science both departments have buildings close to their original affiliates.

During the 1970s, the faculty initiated a student work experience programme to afford students basic training and industrial experience.