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This department was established in 1972. Since then, it has grown   in strength in terms of equipment and materials. Plans are in place to improve the physical resources and staff situation in line with the new KIST mission. Graduates of this department are capable of interpreting Civil Engineer’s designs into technical realities in various jobs such as road and highway construction, erection of buildings and other structural works, surveying, draughtsman ship and other related works.

Currently department offer Ordinary Diploma (NTA Level 4 – 6) and Bachelor degree (NTA level 7-8)

Through ACCRA Italy the department has got a high-tech laboratory which can do different type of building material analysis especially the ones related to old stone buildings. Using this laboratory KIST can help in preventing old buildings of stone town as well as historical ruins. 

The department currently offer the following programs; 

1.  Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering

2.  Basic Technician Certificate in Civil & Transportation Engineering (NTA Level 4)

Mechanical Engineering 

This is one of the first two departments at the Institute. It was established in 1969 with two sections - Mechanical and Automotive. A third section, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning was later introduced before automotive section was separated from them. The intake per year varies but the maximum intake in each academic year is 16 students. This is due to the number of machines available in the department. From 1980 to date girls’ students, even though in a small number are amongst the best graduates of the department. Some of the successful students from earlier years have joined the teaching staff and others are now working in industries, self-employed and organizations in high positions of responsibility.

Automotive Engineering

This is the third Department to be established at the Institute, when the Automotive section was separated from the Mechanical Engineering Department to form a new department Automotive Engineering. The courses of this department are designed to provide the students with basic knowledge and skills to gain employment as a Motor Vehicle Technician, who is responsible for servicing, maintaining and repairing a large variety of automotive vehicles.

In January 2011 a modern Automobile workshop started providing services to the modern cars having computerized systems. This workshop has been sponsored by the German Government through Non- Governmental Organization Partner-aid International Organization (PAI), PAMOJA an NGO from Zanzibar and KIST. With this modern workshop, students have an opportunity to learn and use their skills with modern equipment so that after three years of schooling they will be ready to be employed

The two departments were later joined to form a new department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. 

The department currently offer the following programs;

  1. Bachelor Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and (NTA- level 7-8) 
  2. Ordinary Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (NTA Level 4 – 6) 
  3. Ordinary Diploma in Automotive Engineering (NTA Level 4 - 6) 
  4. Ordinary Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with Oil and Gas (NTA Level 4 – 6) 

This is one of the earliest established departments of the Institute and has emphasis especially at this time when the Government has provided electricity almost throughout Zanzibar Islands. The department is divided into two programmes: Electrical Engineering and Electrical with Renewable Energy Engineering. Like with any other department at the Institute the programme of study is divided into two major parts: Visual tutorial and industrial training. Electrical Engineering Department offers ordinary Diploma (Level 4-6), Bachelor Degree (NTA Level 7-8) and several courses in vocational education and training.

Despite being one of the oldest departments of the Institute, still a lot of students prefer to take electrical and electrical with renewable energy engineering courses, especially female students.

Future prospect of the department is to establish Electro-mechanical

Engineering courses which will include Biomedical, Electrical and Mechanical measurements and maintenance of equipment used in different automation.

The department currently offer the following programs;

  1. Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  2. Ordinary Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  3. Ordinary Diploma in Electrical with Renewable Energy Engineering

It was established in the 1978/79 academic year under UNESCO/UNDP Technical Assistance Programme to the Institute. Now, this department is one amongst the well equipped with modern instruments and resources to conduct the course efficiently.

Computer engineering section was established in 2007, with seventeen students, under the umbrella of the Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department.

In the year 2009 the department established a new course on Information Communication Technology with Business (ICT- Business) which leads to the award of an Ordinary Diploma. This specialisation covers the modules that relate to Information Technology, Business, Communication skills and Business mathematics, the program runs under two streams: morning and evening class and like all other courses it is recognised by NACTE.

The department currently offer the following programs;

  1. Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication and Networking Engineering 
  2. Ordinary Diploma in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering
  3. Ordinary Diploma in Computer Engineering
  4. Ordinary Diploma in Information and Communication Technology with Business
  5. Ordinary Diploma in Digital Design and Development

Department of general studies provides services to all other academic departments in the teaching of fundamental modules such as Advanced Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Communication Skills, Entrepreneurship, Basic Computer Applications and Islamic knowledge in all levels (NTA 4 – NTA 6).

All students admitted for the various NTA levels in engineering and related qualifications are eligible for taking the General Studies. General studies in all cases are examined as any other modules and have credits. Failing in one or more than one of these modules may interfered students’ progress to the next semester or may result in discontinuation from the studies.

The department currently offer the following programs;

  1. Ordinary Diploma in Laboratory Science and Technology
  2. Ordinary Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing Technology
  3. Ordinary Diploma in Aquatic Products Processing Technology