The Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering opened its doors to students after the inception of The Eldoret National Polytechnic in 1988. Since then, it has continued to train students in various courses and has grown both in infrastructure, staff and student population.
The Department admits students from all parts of Kenya with the relevant minimum qualifications.
The higher diploma courses are offered on part time basis at the town campus .The other courses are offered both in the main campus and the town campus.
Students are examined by the Kenya National Examinations Council and City and Guilds. The Departmental academic performance greatly improved this year to a mean of 94.4% for the November 2015 KNEC Examinations up from 63% posted in 2014.
This enabled the Department to emerge as the best Department overall in the institution apart from being the best among the Technical Departments. To add to the good overall results, the Department also produced the first ever candidate with an overall distinction for the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (plant option).