Following the visible growth of Ugandan Economy and increasing urbanization, transport industry is on the rise to meet the mobile population engaged in business and other activities. For many years, the country has been training mechanical engineering technicians who are merely introduced to the world of automotives and graduated when they are not able to competently trouble shoot any problem, diagnose and practically apply hands on skills to solve the problem. This curriculum is developed to train technicians who will meet the expanding needs of automotive industry and world of work in Uganda and the entire region as a whole.
It emphasizes acquisition of skills through practical teaching and execution of projects. This curriculum is in line with the BTVET Act (2008), the BTVET Strategic Plan ‘Skilling Uganda’ and the Ugandan Vision 2040 (Achieving a Middle Income Economy). The need to implement CBET in the BTVET institutions which requires a Competence Based Curricula has led to the development of these National curricula which will be offered by various tertiary institutions. The competences that the learner is expected to acquire are clearly spelt out in the module units covered in each of the respective semester of an academic year. The modules offered in this course are packaged in a manner that will enable the learner to attain particular skills required for performing tasks at any level of the respective year of study.
Since there are also graduates from the certificate level, there is need to have this programme to provide an opportunity to add on their competences and provide a clear upward progression for the graduates of certificate.
This curriculum if implemented effectively will produce automotive technicians who are able to;
1. Design and produce automotive parts.
2. Carry out repair and maintenance of vehicles and motocyles.
3. Maintain Automotive engine systems to good working condition
4. Installs and maintains the electrical and electronics systems of an automotive equipment
5. Maintain manual power transmission systems of automobiles.
6. Maintain automatic power transmission systems of automobiles
7. Prepare reports, budgets and operation plans
6. Enforce safety, health and security of persons, plant, equipment and the environment
A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Diploma in Automotive Engineering on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:
Advanced Level Entry Scheme
At least One Principal Pass in either Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Technical Drawing and two subsidiary passes attained in either any of the principle subjects or any of the subsidiary subject or general paper offered by the candidate obtained at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) or its equivalent.
Certificate Entry Scheme
Holders of Advanced or National Certificate or its equivalent from a recognized Institution in;
(i) Machining and fitting
(ii) Welding and Metal Fabrication
(iv) Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
(vi) Agricultural Mechanisation
(vii) Electrical Installation system and maintenance
(viii) Electronics Technology
(ix) Any other approved related course in technical and vocational education from a recognized institution.
Diploma Entry Scheme
At least a pass diploma in any field from a recognised institution.
Graduate Entry Scheme
At least a pass Bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognised institution.
Hear and learn from those that did the course and what they have been able to do with the knowledge they acquired
A graduate of NDAE can work in the following areas/industries.
1. Automotive workshops/garages for Armed forces, Hospitals, Hotels, Schools, Industries, local and central governments or construction companies
2. Automotive workshops/garages for Fuel filling stations or depots
3. Privately owned Automotive workshops/garages/ spare part shops
4. Clearing and forwarding industries and companies
5. Tourism and hospitality industries/hotels/ beaches
6. Transport companies as technicians or drivers