Uganda Military Engineering College


Commandant UMEC


Chairman of the Control Board


To provide Scientific and Technological knowledge and skills for national security, stability and development.


To be a regional centre of excellence in Science and Technology for defence and sustainable development.

Fulfilling UPDF roles

UMEC’s Vision and Mission are in line with one of UPDF’s constitutional roles below:

To prevent and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda;

To cooperate with civilian authority in emergency situations and in cases of natural disaster;

To foster harmony and understanding between the defence forces and civilians;

To engage in productive activities for the development of Uganda.

Background and Key Objectives

The Uganda Military Engineering College (UMEC) is an Institute of Science and Technology of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF). It is located at Lugazi in Buikwe District, 42Km from Kampala on the Kampala – Jinja highway.

UMEC was commissioned by the Commander-in-Chief of Uganda Armed Forces, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on 29 January 2009 at Magamaga in Mayuge District. When Ministry of Defence purchased the defunct Lugazi University premises, a section of the facility was allotted to UMEC and in October 2010 the college relocated to Lugazi cantonment. UMEC shares the Lugazi cantonment with UPDF Engineers Brigade, School of Communication and Information Technology (SOCIT) and the School of Information Tech and Office Management (SITOM).

The core objective of establishing UMEC was to progressively develop engineering, technology and any other scientific capabilities in the UPDF designed to facilitate its operations as well as contribute to national and regional strategic development.

Key Objectives

  • To impart Science and Technology knowledge and skills to UPDF officers and men, which are required by the UPDF to fulfill its constitutional mandate of preserving and defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.
  • To ensure the effective stewardship of institutional resources to meet the demands of UPDF capacity building.
  • To establish and maintain collaborations, accreditations affiliations with/from other educational institutions and organizations, both local and international/foreign, to pursue opportunities for advanced studies.
  • To ensure recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff.
  • To enhance and strengthen civil-military relationships.
  • To equip UPDF officers and men with life-long knowledge and skills, useful for the UPDF and life after retirement.

Progressive transformation of UMEC

UMEC originally conducted logistics related courses. Between June and October 2009, it conducted Regimental Quarter Master Sergeants Course for 20 trainees and Quarter Master Course for 40 trainees. In February 2010, UMEC transitioned to Engineering disciplines and conducted crafts courses that included Building and concrete practice (BCP), Motor vehicle technician (MVT), Plumbing (PL), Carpentry and Joinery (CJ), Electrical Installation (EI).

In August 2010, UMEC admitted students for diploma courses in various fields of engineering (Civil, Water, Electrical and Mechanical) offered by UNEB.

UMEC attained the status of an examination center under UNEB and UBTEB in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

UMEC has since been identified by East African Community (EAC) Defence Expert Working Group (DEWG) as one of future facilities to be contributed by Uganda to the EAC.

College Leadership

The college is headed by a Commandant assisted by administrative and Academic Staff. The administrative staffs are 88, among who are 18 Civilians and 70 military personnel. The Academic Staffs comprises of 40 military personnel and 19 Civilians.

Control board

The College has a Control Board Currently Chaired by the Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF. The Board is to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the College. It oversees the management of the college activities. The functions of the Board are to:

  • Formulate policy on the direction, administrative, financial and academic affairs of the College.
  • Provide strategic direction in defining the Vision and Mission of the College
  • Approve the academic programs to be undertaken by the college.
  • Supervise the Commandant in the management and direction of the College resources and activities.

Support to National Education

The College uses its Center to facilitate the government skills training program by providing examination center, at no charge, to private students of Civilian Institutions that do not have Examination Center status.

Courses Offered

Diploma Courses (Duration - 2years of semesters)

  • National Diploma in Civil Engineering (NDCE)
  • National Diploma in Water Engineering (NDWE)
  • National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (NDEE)
  • National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (NDME)
  • National Diploma in Architecture (NDAR)

Certificate Courses

Advanced Craft (Duration - 1year of three terms)

  • Building and concrete practice (BCP)
  • Motor vehicle technician (MVT)
  • Plumbing (PL)
  • Carpentry and Joinery (CJ)
  • Electrical Installation (EI)

Other Courses

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports the college has also conducted Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) Program examined by the Directorate of Industrial Training of the same ministry.

Academic Progress

The college is currently a registered examination center under Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB). Since February 2010, the college has trained personnel in various engineering disciplines both at Certificate and Diploma levels, who have graduated and have been deployed in the field.

Ordinary and National Diplomas in Engineering Graduates

2010(49) 18 4 8 5 - 35
2011(66) 17 9 13 5 - 44
2012(59) 14 2 9 12 6 43
2013(60) 8 3 3 8 2 24
TOTAL 49 18 33 30 8 146

Advanced Craft (Craft Part II)

2010 4 - - - - 4
2013 9 3 7 8 9 36
TOTAL 13 3 7 8 9 40

Craft Part I

2010 12 15 12 - - 39

Competence Based Education and Training (CBET)

2013 35
2014 35


Research and Development section of UMEC has made a number of successful projects to which the students play very significant roles. Some of these projects include:

  • Concrete Railway slippers that can enable a train attain a speed of 250km/hr and axel load of 25tonnes.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that has flown to a satisfactory level of success.
  • A 25KW Wind Power Turbine now used to generate electricity to pump 2,000 liters per hour of safe water (Certified by National Water and Sewerage Corporation), to power computer laboratory and other sections of UMEC.
  • Maize Haulers.
  • Grinding Mills.
  • Water Purification and Packaging.

Future Prospects

  • Elevation of UMEC to University status.
  • Being a Center of Excellence for the EAC.
  • Collaboration with Luwero Industries Limited to engage on commercial production of Wind Power Turbines and Railway Slippers in an Industrial setting at an Industrial scale.
  • Modification of the UMEC UAV to meet international standards.