Diploma in electrical engineering salary in Kenya

Is studying diploma in Electrical Engineering good in Kenya? the simple answer to this is yes, First of all, if you have a C-, you are eligible to study a diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Not so long ago, earning a bachelor’s degree was thought to be the surest way to flourish in the labor market. It was as prestigious as it was a status symbol. A mark of privilege. Today, however, with the changing dynamics in the labor market, the once revered bachelor’s degree seems to be losing its lustre. Its appeal Compared to a diploma.

Diploma in electrical engineering salary in Kenya

Our Kenyan economy does not have so enough jobs for our university graduates. Our folly as a country has been placing so much emphasis on a university degree and forgetting that we ought to gear the training of our students towards meeting industry demands. Technical training In diplomas, graduate into the best skill pool employers are looking for, especially in the technical disciplines such as electrical engineering.

One good thing about this course is that, once a professional acquires enough experience working, he or she is not replaceable, unless otherwise.

With a diploma in Electrical engineering, your starting salary in companies like Kenya Power will not be less than Sh 60,000 per month. I personally know highly skilled individuals working in Kengen and Kenya Power who are paid over Sh 150,000 with hefty allowances, but they only pursued a diploma course in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Diploma vs Bachelors degree course comparison in Kenya

| Diploma vs. Bachelor’s Degree |

CriteriaDiplomaBachelor’s Degree
DurationShorter 3yrs at mostLonger up to 4 years
PracticalityHighly PracticalHolistic
Industry FocusIndustry-SpecificGeneral
NetworkingOpportunitiesExtensive Networking
Employer PreferenceTechnical SkillsBroad Education
Fields AffectedTechnical/Hands-OnVaried Industries
Cost-EffectivenessBetter ValueHigher Cost
Unemployment RatesLowerVaries
Career FlexibilitySpecializedWider Options
Diploma vs degree

Electrical engineering companies in Kenya

Electrical Contractors: They are responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. You can view the list of licensed electrical contractors by EPRA here

Telecommunications Industry: Electrical engineers can find employment in the telecommunications sector with companies like Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom Kenya. They work on the design and maintenance of telecom networks, including cell towers and fiber optic infrastructure.

Manufacturing and Industry: They work on designing and maintaining electrical systems for production processes. Example of these companies include RIVATEX EA, Bamburi cement, Mumias sugar, Kapa Oil refineries among others

Construction Industry: They are responsible for electrical designs, installation, and compliance with safety standards.

Government and Public Sector: work for government agencies, counties, and regulatory bodies. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP), Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya Power and Lighting Company, the Rural Electrification Authority (REA)

Consulting Firms: Some electrical engineers choose to work for engineering consulting firms. They provide expertise to clients on various projects, such as energy efficiency assessments, electrical system design, and project management this can be established by registering with firms like engineering board of Kenya. Can a diploma holder apply for EBK? Eligibility for membership is dependant on completion of an accredited or recognised engineering qualification, coupled with relevant work experience in the engineering field.

Research and Development: Research institutions and universities often employ electrical engineers as researchers and educators. They may conduct research in advanced electrical technologies or teach the next generation of engineers.

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: Electrical engineers can work in healthcare institutions, ensuring the electrical systems are reliable for medical equipment and patient care.

Aviation and Transportation: Engineers can also find employment in aviation and transportation sectors, working on airport electrical systems, railways, and public transportation networks. There are 38 Airports in Kenya. The Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway is a standard-gauge railway (SGR) in Kenya that connects the large Indian Ocean city of Mombasa with Nairobi and offers opportunities for electrical engineering careers.


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2. Fixusjobs.com. Diploma salaries? Retrieved from https://www.fixusjobs.com/best-paying-companies-engineering-graduates-kenya/

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