Diploma In Chemical Engineering

Programme aim

At the end of this course the trainee should be able to:

  • Adapt to work in any chemical process industry
  • Demonstrate safety aspects of a process plant in relation to its design and operators
  • Operate the process industry to its optimal condition and production
  • Evaluate the process plants
  • Plan, organize and supervise effectively the work done by craftsmen and artisans
  • Have acquired practical skills and attitudes that will lead to self reliance
  • Acquire himself/herself with necessary academic base for further training



The diploma in chemical engineering is intended to prepare the technicians in this field for future Wage or employment

The course is intended to produce technicians who would work safely and efficiently in any chemical plant as technical process controllers


The Kenya National Examination Council will offer external examinations.

Internal Examinations

  • Internal examinations will be prepared and marked by KIAS
  • The Kenya National Examination Council will not issue certificate for the internal examinations but KIAS will issue statements of results for the internal exhibitions to the trainee.

External Examinations


The Kenya National Examination Council will offer External Examination for the diploma in chemical engineering


Stage One

  1. Social studies and ethics
  2. Entrepreneurship education
  3. Mathematics and computer applications
  4. Physical science and chemistry
  5. Engineering drawing and design
  6. Electrical and mechanical engineering science
  7. Workshop technology

Stage Two

  1. Mathematics and computer applications
  2. Engineering drawing and desire
  3. Electronics and process measured and control
  4. Chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology
  5. Industrial chemical processing
  6. Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  7. Mass and energy balance
  8. Entrepreneurship Project

Stage Three

  1. Mathematics
  2. Industrial organization and management
  3. Industrial chemical processing and plant design
  4. Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  5. Reactor engineering and measurement control
  6. Unit operations
  7. Project


  • The course is designed to have a duration of 2970 hours
  • The course is organized in three stages each stage has 990 hours
  • The pattern of attendance is full time.

Entry requirements

Trainees entering this course should have any of the following requirements:-

  • A pass in relevant craft course
  • Passed Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a mean average grade of C-, Maths C-, Physics C-, Chemistry C-, English C-.
  • An approved equivalent qualification.

Career prospect

Employment in the following areas:-

  • Petroleum oil companies such as, Total, Shell, Caltex and BP etc
  • Bidco oil refineries
  • Reckitt Beeickiser East Africa
  • Jetlk Foods limited
  • Cussons companies
  • Unilever industries
  • Coca – Cola industries
  • Food industries
  • Corn products and company limited
  • Brewery companies

Practical work will be arranged with the above industries for the student to have hands on experience where possible.

Project work


  • A project in this context means a piece of work carried out by an individual trainee or group.
  • It is aimed at providing the trainee with a chance to utilize material learnt through out the course to carry out a workable project