The Central Workshop for Teaching and Research was established in 1979 with the aim to provide technological support to academic teaching and research programmes of the Faculty of Engineering. In the year 2008, the workshop was enlarged with the merger of Central Workshop science and Engineering by the then vice chancellor Prof I.O Oloyede, hence the name of the workshop was changed from what it used to be called (Central Workshop Engineering) to Central Workshop for Reaching and Research, hence the responsibility redefined and scope widen.

The Equipment Maintenance Centre (EMC) was established in April 1991 as an outcome of the Federal government of Nigeria and the World Bank criteria to enable Federal Universities be eligible to draw from the World Bank credit facility for the Federal University Adjustment Sector and in furtherance carryout appropriate maintenance of Teaching, Laboratory, Research, and office systems in the University of Ilorin.

The Centre is located in Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Block 7F15. Administratively it is directly under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office; however supervised by the Dean of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.

The Department of Food and Bioprocess Engineering was established during the 2014/2015 Session as the tenth department in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. The Food and Bioprocess Engineering program is designed to capture the essential features of both food science and engineering education. The programme helps to develop and test new food products design, develop, evaluate new processes for manufacturing food products and machines that process and package food evaluate environmental factors and energy efficiencies create byproducts from the food processing plant waste streams.

Food Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with design, construction, maintenance and operation of food processing equipment.  It can also be defined as the application of relevant engineering principles to food and other raw materials for the production of useful edible products and by-products. While Bioprocess Engineering  is the alteration or application of renewable materials to generate value-added products. It deals with the design and development of equipment and processes for manufacturing of products such as food, feed, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemicals, papers, fuel etc. from biological(living) materials.

The main objective of Food and Bioprocess Engineering is to develop quality value added products in good quantity from food materials and other relevant living organisms. The goals of these activities can be achieved via some of the following steps:

(i)     Conversion of biomass into useful end products

(ii)   Development of equipment, structures and processes for safe keeping of food and other   raw materials.

(iii) Ensuring that food and other needed raw materials are always available.

(iv) Maintenance of quality control regimes throughout the stages of production of useful products.

(v)   Development of new raw materials through biotechnology/or application of engineering principles

 The philosophy of the programme therefore is to promote, within the student, the science and art of engineering in food technology and to build in them capacity for high sense of self-reliance, coupled with sound academic and practical discipline towards the attainment of the national goals and objective of rapid industrialization, food self-sufficiency and technological emancipation.

 

 

  1. COBES
  2. SWEP
  3. SIWES

1. COBES

COBES is a community based programme which is student centered. The programme introduces the students to the community, exposing them to problems in the community and sensitizing them on how to proffer solutions to some of these identified problems to make life better for the host communities.

It involves making use of all the acquired theoretical knowledge and experimental skills in solving identified engineering problems in the communities. It involves self-learning/demonstration, small group tutorials, problem identification/problem solving and service to the community.

It also complements the classroom lectures with the acquired SIWES/SWEP experience using the communities as the first beneficiary in the practicing of engineering profession by the students.

Why this programme?

The level of most of our infrastructural development in Nigeria has gone a long way. Nigeria as a nation is endowed with many abundant natural resources. To harness most of these resources, there is every tendency for more collaboration right from the grass root. Most of our infrastructures also need adequate and sustainable maintenance. The exercise is therefore designed to take care of these challenges. The objectives of the exercise include the following;

  • To identify some of the engineering problems in each of the selected Local Government areas with a view of providing solution for the benefit of the host communities
  • To identify the level of most of the existing engineering infrastructure within the selected areas with a view of making recommendations/suggestion to enhance the serviceability of such infrastructure,
  • To educate the host communities on the safety precautions on the uses and handling of some of the common engineering facilities within their localities,
  • To suggest and make recommendation where necessary on how to improve on the general ways of life in the host communities.

Meanwhile, this service is to be concentrated in the Local Government areas with full cooperation of the Local Government Chairmen.

Each of the current Department within the Faculty will have their training programme scheduled as follows; (As the new departments get to the final year, they will also be enlisted with their training detail)

(a)   Agric and Biosystem Engineering

  • To inspect the present method of processing crops like groundnut, millet etc.
  • To develop a simple effective and less expensive machine for processing crops like groundnut, millet etc., at a faster rate.
  • Study the present local ways of drying farm products
  • To develop an efficient and less expensive solar drying method
  • To study how the fadama farmers wet their crops and how people drain water from the
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community

(b)   Biomedical Engineering

  • To study the types of facilities used in the rural hospitals
  • To understudy the need to improvise, where necessary on the existing facilities to smoothen the operation and the service delivery in the health care delivery.
  • To study types of medical equipment used in the rural hospitals departments and the status of these equipment
  • To carry out the feasibility study of settling up preventive maintenance and repairs of Medical equipment
  • To understudy, if the staff have proper training of medical equipment used in various hospital.

(c)    Chemical Engineering

  • To study corrosion in most of the engineering infrastructures and machineries
  • To suggest ways of reducing the corrosion effects on the machineries
  • To carry out the feasibility study on the possibility of generating Bio- fuels for domestic use from waste products- the possibility of composting human and animal dung to produce gas for domestic use
  • To investigate the use of some local herbs that can cure some illness and suggest way of improving its production.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community

(d)   Civil Engineering

  • To study the types of erosion in the rural areas
  • To develop an effective method of combating the erosion
  • To evaluate the water supply system in the rural areas
  • To suggest ways of making rural water supply to be reliable, sustainable and fit for human consumption
  • To dig well/bore hole in the rural areas.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community

(e)    Electrical Engineering

  • To develop a more effective, efficient and low cost solar generator for pumping water.
  • To develop a less expensive battery charger machine.
  • To develop solar generator for rural areas.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community

(f)     Metallurgy and Material Engineering

  • To carry out feasibility study on the needs assessment of the available materials for engineering construction, including roads, buildings, industries , etc.
  • To examine and find possible solution to some of the structural failure as it affects the materials usage.
  • To evaluate the weakness and suggest possible solutions to some of the existing local foundry industries on how to improve their production capacity at a reducesd labour and material cost.
  • To recommend the best practices of foundry operations.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community

(g)   Mechanical Engineering

  • To carry out feasibility study of the maintenance culture in the local government for the maintenance of their vehicles and tractors
  • Carry out feasibility study on the development of local foundry for use by the local blacksmiths
  • Development of block making machine
  • To carry out maintenance of boreholes in the rural area
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects within the community