1. In 1988, the Board of NDA approved the establishment of the Faculty of Engineering made up of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering. Sequel to this approval, the Commandant of NDA visited the Nigerian Air Force Technical Training Group (NAF TTG) and toured their Laboratories and Workshops. It was found that the workshop facilities and to some extent the Laboratories in NAF TTG were suitable for the proposed engineering programme of the Academy. Consequently, the Commandant directed that arrangements be made to start the teaching of engineering Courses in NDA in September, 1989.
2. The Department of Mechanical Engineering eventually commenced activities in September 1989 with an initial strength of 4 Academic staff and 3 non-academic staff. The training in the department was designed to last for 5 years and provide Officer Cadets with knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of engineering and the use of such knowledge for the benefit of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Furthermore, the training is aimed at giving the Cadets attributes that are essential for a progressive and continuous development of a career of exemplary service to the nation. The courses in the Department lead to the award of degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.
The Department graduated it’s first Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Eng) Cadets at the end of the 1992/93 academic session. Since then, to date, 207 Cadets have graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Over the years, all the required Laboratories and Workshop have been built and equipped to support academic programmes in the Department. The Department presently has 14 academic staff, 8 technical staff and 11 administrative staff. In addition to the undergraduate programme, the Department run courses at postgraduate level leading to the award of Masters in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) and Doctors of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D).
The original academic curriculum of the Department was accredited by the National Universities Commission in 1999.