This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combinations (admission requirements) for Mechanical Engineering, including the list of Nigerian universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.

CourseMechanical Engineering
QualificationB. Eng., B.Sc., B. Tech.,
Duration3 – 4 Years
SuitabilityScience students

Is Mechanical Engineering a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, Mechanical Engineering is a good course in Nigeria with plenty of job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. Mechanical Engineer in Nigeria typically earns around 120,000 NGN to 500,000 NGN.

A Mechanical Engineering degree is competitive and quite popular amongst students in secondary school. From our records, 52 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Mechanical Engineering, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Mechanical Engineering and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.


WAEC Subject Combination For Mechanical Engineering

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Mechanical Engineering degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before gaining admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Mechanical Engineering are:

  1. English Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Civic Education
  4. Chemistry
  5. Further Mathematics
  6. Physics
  7. Geography
  8. Biology
  9. A trade subject

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Mechanical Engineering, don’t give up. You should consider other Mechanical Engineering similar courses or look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read valuable guides on how to choose a course and university

Mechanical Engineering Course Description:

Before you consider the JAMB UTME subject combination (subjects to write in jamb) to study this course, it is good you know what this course is all about. Mechanical engineering is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines.

The engineering field requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, and structural analysis. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more.

Mechanical Engineering science emerged in the 19th century as a result of developments in the field of physics. The field has continually evolved to incorporate advancements in technology. Mechanical engineers today are pursuing developments in fields such as composites, Mechanical and nanotechnology. Mechanical Engineering overlaps with aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, petroleum engineering and chemical engineering to varying amounts.

Like other career paths, entry into this particular branch of engineering also requires certain basic traits. First and foremost, you must have a penchant for mechanical components and machinery and how these machines work. You must be good at physics, chemistry and mathematics. You must also have skills such as an analytical bent of mind, logical reasoning and problem-solving.

JAMB subject combination for Mechanical Engineering

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 200 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Mechanical Engineering. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Mechanical Engineering is:

  1. English Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Physics
  4. Chemistry

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Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Mechanical Engineering

  • Two ‘A’ level passes from Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
  • ND upper credit, NCE technical and HND in Mech. Engineering.

List of Universities offering Mechanical Engineering in Nigeria

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  4. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  5. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  6. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  7. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  8. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  9. Bayero University, Kano
  10. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  11. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  12. Bells University of Technology, Otta
  13. Caritas University, Enugu
  14. Covenant University Ota
  15. Cross River State University of Science & Technology Calabar (CRUTECH)
  16. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  17. Ekiti State University
  18. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  19. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  20. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE)
  21. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  22. Gregory University, Uturu
  23. University of Ibadan (UI)
  24. Igbinedion University Okada
  25. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  26. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  27. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  28. Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil (KUST)
  29. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  30. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  31. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  32. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  33. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  34. Madonna University, Okija
  35. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  36. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  37. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  38. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA)
  39. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  40. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  41. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  42. Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa (OSUSTECH)
  43. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  44. River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  45. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  46. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike
  47. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  48. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  49. University of Uyo
  50. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (MAUTY).
  51. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  52. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
Estimated number of students currently studying Mechanical Engineering in Nigerian Universities is 28,540
Mechanical Engineering has 69% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Mechanical Engineering has 25% admission rate.

Mechanical Engineering is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Mechanical Engineering is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, Mechanical Engineering is under the Faculty of Engineering but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

Can a commercial or art student study Mechanical Engineering?

No! Mechanical Engineering is a pure science course and not suitable for commercial or art students. But if you have the required subject combination in your O level result, you can go for it if that is the course you desire to study. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects during WAEC registration because your schools may go against it. The alternative way to write the required subjects combination for Mechanical Engineering is through GCE


Special consideration (waiver) for Mechanical Engineering

  • University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)  accepts a pass in English Language.
  • University of Uyo as in Computer Engineering.
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) as in Agricultural Engineering.
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires five ‘O’ level credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other subject in not more than two sittings.
  • University of Jos (UNIJOS), Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa (OSUSTECH) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) require a credit in Further Mathematics.
  • nugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT) requires credit in English   Language and other relevant subjects.
  • Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike – Same as in Civil Engineering
  • Bells University of Technology, Otta same as in Computer Engineering
  • Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) as for two sittings, requires six credit in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English Language, one Science subject and any other subject.
  • River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) – Same as in Civil Engineering.
  • University of Ibadan (UI) – As in Agric & Environmental Engineering.
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State requires five Credit Passes in SSCE (or its equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and one Science or Social Science subject.
  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) requires credit in Biology.
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – Same as in Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering.


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