The Department of Civil Engineering is a metamorphosis from the Department of Civil Engineering of the Polytechnic Calabar which, itself, was the offspring of the college of Technology Calabar. Both the College of Technology and the Polytechnic, Calabar had a span of about twenty-nine (29) years. This effectively translated into the calculus of strong technical background for the genesis of the department of Civil Engineering of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).
This department was founded in 2002 with an initial enrolment of fifty-eight (58) students and today the student enrolment is 425. Staff strength has grown to one professor (adjunct), two associate professors (adjunct), three senior lecturers, five Lecturers I, seven Lecturers II, three graduate assistants and four Technologists.
The general philosophy is to produce graduates with high academic standard with adequate practice background and of immediate value to the industry and the nation in general. The programmes envisaged are of this sandwich type in order to turn out engineers capable of solving local and international problems. In pursuance of the above, specific features have been incorporated into the programmes. These include:
i) Common foundation courses at 100 and 200 levels for all engineering students
ii) Workshops practice, technology, laboratory work and tutorials
iii) Design projects with bias towards local application
iv) Broad-based engineering and interaction between students and professionals
v) Projects in the final year on which the student works alone under supervision
vi) Special skills and in-depth study in a particular are of the programme through optional or elective courses
vii) Adequate knowledge in the areas of Engineering Management, Economics and Law as well as entrepreneurial education and training.
The general aims and objectives of Engineering training should be in consonance with the realization of national needs and aspirations. The minimum standards are to meet these needs and to produce graduates in Engineering with sufficient academic background, coupled with sufficient practical experience, and who are able to rise to the challenges of a developing economy. Such graduates in Engineering must therefore be resourceful, creative and able to perform the following functions. He/she should be able to:
i) Design Engineering project and supervise the constructions
ii) Read, interpret and prepare technical drawings.
iii) Actively, participate in the analysis and design of any infrastructural facility of Civil Engineering nature.
iv) Prepare Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) and assess the resource requirement of the project.
v) Plan, organize, control and co-ordinate the execution of a project.
vi) Actively participate in the construction of Civil Engineering projects
vii) Adapt and adopt exogenous technology in order to solve local engineering problems.
The highest administrative body in the department is the Departmental Board which has the Head of Department as its chairman and membership consists of all academic staff and the senior technical staff who are sectional heads. While the Board formulates policies that guide the overall governances of the department, the Head of Department is responsible for the day to day running of the department and reports periodically to the Board. The workshops and laboratories are divided into sections with a senior technical staff as the sectional head. These heads are responsible to the Head of Department.
Admission mode for the B.Eng (Civil Engineering) programme is UME only. Direct Entry Admission would be introduced after accreditation has been obtained.
In addition to the minimum University entry requirements, candidates for the B.Eng (Civil Engineering) programme must obtain in not more than two sittings credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other science subject. In addition to the above requirements, a candidate must also have an acceptable pass in the UME
Duration of the B.Eng (Civil Engineering) programme
The UME candidate spend five (5) years on the programme
Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES):
In Engineering Education, Industrial Attachement is very crucial. The minimum duration of this attachment should be 40-weeks (One Semester and 3-long vacations).