Central Instruments Equipment Centre (CIEC)


Engr. Prof. C. D. Okereke


About the Centre (CIEC)

The Central Instruments Equipment Centre (CIEC) of Federal University of Technology, Owerri is a Unit of the University established to provide workstead for Laboratory instruments/equipment maintenance and services.

The Centre metamorphosed from the World Bank Equipment Maintenance and Procurement Unit facilitated through the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1995 to become CIEC in 2011, intended to achieve sustainable functional laboratory equipment systems required for the encouragement of research and effective teaching in science, engineering and technology in our University.  Currently, the Centre is in its building made up of the administration office section with a conference hall, for training and the technical section with three workshops namely:

♦   Mechanical (Machine shop & Opto Mechanical instrumentation)

♦   Electrical (Electrical/electromagnetic instrumentation)

♦   Electronic, Calibrations and Testing Workshop

Leadership Succession

Directors from inception are as follows:

1.   Prof. M. A. Nwachukwu        -     1995  -  1997

2.  Prof. E. O. I. Banigo                -     1997  -  2005

3.  Mr Okey Nweke (Coordinator) - 2005  -  2010

4.  Prof. E. N. O. Ejike                       - 2011  -  2016

5.  Engr. Nnanna Okoro                    - 2016  -  2017

6. Engr. Prof. C. D. Okereke     -   2017  till Date


The current staff strength is seven and FUTO Management under the leadership of the 7th substantive Vice-Chancellor, Professor Francis C. Eze KSJI is making arrangement to improve the technical staff strength in line with the laudable mantra of the present administration-driving the culture of excellence.

Functions of the Centre (CIEC)

CIEC is envisioned to be a place for laboratory equipment maintenance, and training for capacity building in the use, operation, and fixing of instruments/equipment and for development of instruments/equipment from conceptual stage.

The specific functions of the Centre are to:

1.   Repair/refurbish/carry out maintenance of faulty laboratory equipment to restore the functionality of such equipment/instruments for teaching/practicals and research in the academic departments, institutes and centres.

2.   Adapt instrument/equipment with necessary modifications to suit our local environment.

3.   Develop new instruments/equipment from conception to design, fabrication and testing for laboratory/field use in FUTO and eventual marketing after patenting.

4.   Organise periodic in-house training workshop for technical staff (technicians, technologists, engineers and researchers/academics on the use, operation and maintenance of specific laboratory instruments/equipment for teaching/practicals and research works.

5.   Organise training workshop open to external organisations institutions/universities for capacity building of technical staff in the use, operation and maintenance of specific laboratory/field equipment for practicals and research in science/engineering and technology disciplines.

6.   Participate in the procurement and installation of a laboratory equipment in the University to avoid possible short-changing of the University by contractors/suppliers and so, control cases of non-functionality or abandonment of laboratory or workshop equipment due to inadequate parts or incomplete accessories.

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