Material Engineering is a new section under the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Materials Engineering involves understanding relationships between the properties, composition and microstructure of a material, as well as how to process it. A materials engineer is therefore responsible for researching, designing, developing and specifying materials for many advance technological and engineering applications.

There are four main branches of materials engineering, namely polymers, ceramics, metals and composites. Recently fields like semiconductors, nanotechnology and biomaterials have also developed to become major branches too.

The World of Materials Engineering

The fields of engineering are converging to a single platform where the ideas needed to create an engineering setup are placed in the materials to be used. Every design and imagination can be achieved in the world of engineering if the right materials can be designed. This has put Materials Science and Engineering at the spot light in the world of engineering.

The development of smaller and efficient IC chips and semiconductor circuit boards have evolved the world from the analogue era into a digital one where there are no limitations on technological advancement. The automobile industry can now manufacture safer and energy efficient vehicles because lighter and stronger materials are available for the parts. The medical field is not left out in this paradigm shift; the recent breakthroughs in biomaterials have helped in administering the right amounts of radioactive doses to the exact spots of cancerous cells, in this way the whole body is saved from the effects of radiations. More body tolerant artificial implants are also been developed each day to improve our lives.

The world’s strongest economies have technology and manufacturing as their backbone, so it is about time that developing countries move away from raw material base economies to value added economies to acquire the growth that is expected. This can be done if prime attention is given to smarter and cheaper ways of processing our raw materials to transform our lives. The only way to do this is to acquire knowledge about indigenous materials by studying and researching into them.

Ghana is blessed with many minerals, a few of which are gold, crude oil, bauxite and the recently discovered iron ore, but few tertiary institutions in Ghana have a Materials Engineering Department that specializes specifically in any of these minerals.

Sweden has made a fortune out of its iron ore and it is currently an important commodity in the country’s economy, because of the massive research work done in steel manufacturing.

The building and construction industries in the country also suffer the same fate; there is a cry or the use of indigenous materials for building and construction but very little research work is done in these areas.

Future Trends

The section plans to transform into a full department offering more programmes to cover the other branches of materials engineering as well.

There is also a possibility to form partnership with foreign universities with aim of stuff training and student exchange in the coming future.

The Section is Head by Tabiri Kwayie Asumadu


HND Materials Engineering


The Section is largely run with staff at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. The Section is Head by Tabiri Kwayie Asumadu

Research and Collaboration

Research Base

  • Collaborate with both the Building and Civil departments to create new, stronger and cheaper building and construction materials for the local market.
  • Product development.
  • Metallurgy with focus on welding, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy
  • Materials forming and testing techniques
  • Polymer and Ceramic materials (Major or minor courses)


The section is in talks with a number of Companies and institutions which are into that sector and would be interested in the research works that would be carried out at the section to go into partnership with them. The section is also indeed liaising with these companies to set research focus that will be of mutual benefit to both the department and the companies involved.


Job Prospects

Placement of Students in the Job Market

Materials engineers are trained to solve problems that other engineers encounter with the materials they use daily. This gives the profession a wide range of options to exploit. The possibility of
creating your own material for the local market is also worth talking about. These are some expected job placements in Ghana for students who graduate with a certificate in materials

  • Metallurgical industries such as the steel and aluminium processing industries including VALCO, Aluworks, Tema Steels, WAHOME Steels and small scale metal fabricationsincluding roofing, cooking utensils, etc.  Mining industries such as AngloGold, Newmont, Goldfields etc.
  • Oil and gas companies
  • GRATIS foundation
  • Cement industries such as GHACEM, Savannah cement, Diamond cement etc.
  • Construction industries – road and building such as CONSAR, TAYSEC, SONETRA etc.
    Government institutions including Ghana Highway Authority, Volta River Authority
    (VRA), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Bui Dam Authority and research firms such
    as Ghana standard Board, Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Building
    and Road Research Institute (BRRI) etc.
  • Private firms such as Tropical cables, etc.
  • Polymer industries such as PolyTank, Interplast etc
  • Self-employed (welding specialist, metal fabrications, etc).