The electrical engineering department was launched in 1978 with a sole discipline of Electrical Engineering. From July 2005, it started implementing a market driven, modular, and competence based education and training (CBET) system. CBET, which has replaced the knowledge based Full Technician Certificate (FTC) system, is a three year course and focuses mainly on learning outcomes that demonstrate competencies in knowledge and practical skills that are career or task oriented, and leads graduates to National Technical Awards (NTAs): namely NTA LV4, NTA LV5 after successful completion of first and second year respectively. An Ordinary Diploma (OD) is awarded after successful completion of the third year.
The curriculum which is used by this CBET system, has been designed to produce graduates who will satisfy employers’ needs, self-employment, and Tanzania Vision 2025 as well as provision of life- long learning opportunities is divided in two segments viz: theoretical and practical modules. Theoretical modules are conducted in classrooms and practical modules are conducted in department’s workshops and laboratories.
In 2007, the department introduced another discipline of electronics and telecommunication engineering which boosted the enrolment of students from 34 to 64 in each academic year.
In 2009 the department launched an evening class’s programme for Ordinary Diploma (OD) in electrical, electronics and telecommunication engineering and it succeeded to enrol 22 students. The aim of this afternoon programme is to avail government and private employees as well as entrepreneurs’ higher learning opportunities to enable them acquire skills and higher knowledge for execution of their duties effectively and efficiently.