Gender equality specialist from ISTEP project Ms.Cecilia Rgimbana(Fifth from left) in a group photo with Arusha Technical College Staff after a two days workshop on Gender issues under ISTEP project in collaboration with ATC
Administration Block
Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako (MP) at ATC Booth during TCU exhibition 2018
Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. William Tate Ole Nasha (MP) receives brief information about Mechanical workshop from workshop manager, Mr. Hamis Mwahu
Mechanical Engineering Student in Practical session in Machine shop
Automotive workshop
A group photo with the Royal Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, H.E Elizabeth Jacobsen ( 4th from right ) after familiarization Tour to ATC and Kikuletwa Renewable Energy Training Center
Arusha Technical College in Collaboration with Netherlands senior experts (PUM) and Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) has inaugurated Solar Training Center which will be used to train Artisans in the Solar installation nd offer services and consultancy to the society

Establishment of the Arusha Technical College (ATC)

The College was established in 1978 jointly by the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and Germany also known as FRG-Federal Republic of Germany “West Germany”, under the name of the Technical College Arusha (TCA).The College is located at the Central Business District of the Arusha City which is the Northern Tanzania’s centre of agriculture, commerce, trade and tourism.Arusha City is also the Head Quarter of the East Africa Community and is the central point in Africa between Cape Town and Cairo.It is surrounded by famous mountains such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. In addition, it is the door to the world’s great wildlife refuges including Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire. All these make the location of the College an ideal place for studying.

Part of the responsibilities of ATC at the time of its inception was to train technicians for three years to the level of the Full Technician Certificate (FTC) in the fields of Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering,Transport Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. In March 2007, the name changed to the Arusha Technical College (ATC) through the Arusha Technical College Establishment Order No. 78 as enabled by the NACTE Act No. 9 of 1997.This Establishment Order granted autonomy and elevated the status of the College to a higher tertiary education institution. Following elevation of the status of the College to a higher tertiary education institution and grant of autonomy, the College introduced award of the Ordinary Diploma in the above mentioned programmes and introduced more Ordinary Diploma and Certificate awards in various professions namely: Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering; Civil and Irrigation Engineering, Auto electric and Electronics Engineering, Laboratory Sciences and Technology, Lapidary & Jewelry Technology,Computer Science and Information Technology. Moreover, the College also introduced Bachelor’s degree programme in Civil and irrigation engineering.The College is planning to introduce new programmes namely; Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Laboratory Science and Technology and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics. Others are Diploma programmes in Clinical laboratory science technology, Multimedia technology and Heavy Duty Equipment Technology.The College is also planning to establish Diploma in Science with Education.

Legally the College is registered (REG/EOS/004) and accredited by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) to train technicians and engineers (NTAs 4-8). The College is also registered by Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) to train artisans (NVAs 1-3). Currently, the College is undergoing both administrative and Academic transformations to match with its new structure, roles and functions. The expectations and aspirations of Tanzanians towards ATC are very high as expressed in the National Technical Education and Training Policy of 1996, National Higher Education Policy of 1999 and Tanzania Development Vision 2025 of 1999. The ultimate goal is to transform ATC to a centre of excellence that provides a national and international high-level human resource through exemplary competence based Technical Education and Training.

ATC boasts an established reputation as an institution that is widely acclaimed by industry for producing work-ready, competent graduates who can meet the demands of the employers. ATC takes pride in the high employability of her graduates and the appreciations expressed by employers for the excellent quality and relevance of her academic programmes and so ATC seeks to continuously to upgrade support to her students. This Prospectus therefore, describes the main features of the ATC in line with the customers’ and stakeholders’ interest. It provides an Outline of academic programmes. It gives important information on the basic requirements, procedures and regulations to be met for one to get admission and graduate at the College, course programmes,course duration and other necessary information.

The Major Roles and Functions of ATC

The main functions of ATC as stipulated in the Establishment Order No. 78 of March 2007 are as follows:
(a) To provide facilities for study and training in engineering and technology development, and such other related disciplines as the College may from time to time decide;
(b) To conduct training programmes in the disciplines specified in (a) above;
(c) To engage in research and development in the disciplines specified in (a) above and use the results for improving the training programmes of the College;
(d) To provide consultancy services to the Government, Parastatal bodies or industries and the private sector;
(e) To sponsor, arrange or provide facilities for conferences and seminars;
(f) To conduct examinations and grant awards of ATC as approved by the National Council for Technical Education;
(g) To arrange for publication and general dissemination of material produced in connection with the work and activities of the College;
(h) To establish and foster closer cooperation with the universities, technical colleges and other institutions of higher education and to promote international cooperation with similar institutions; and
(i) To do all such acts and things and enter into all such contracts and transactions as are in the opinion of the Governing Board expedient or necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of the functions of the College.


Applied Research

One among the College functions is to conduct applied research. Research activities are coordinated by READ (Research, Educational, and Academic Documentation Unit) which is responsible for supervision and coordination of Research, Publication, and Documentation. In collaboration with various stakeholders the College has carried out several researches. Some of the products designed and manufactured as a result of such research activities include mini-hydro turbines for small electricity production, heavy duty inverters, maize sheller, manure mixing machine, packaging machine for cereals and liquids, paving blocks machine, and cooking stove that is environmental friendly, strength of materials, irrigation technologies.
ATC emphasizes both staff and students to use its facilities to do basic engineering and scientific researches in partnership with the public and private sector so as to contribute to improvement of techno-socio-economic development. Research and Innovations at ATC are coordinated and promoted through READ Unit (Research, Educational, and Academic Documentation Unit) and ATC – PCB (Arusha Technical College Production and Consultancy Beaureau) which are striving for excellence in academic and applied engineering and scientific research.
Research Priority areas at ATC are Education and Training, Industry and Energy, Basic Sciences, Agricultural Development/Irrigation engineering, and Environmental Development. In collaboration with various stakeholders the College has carried out several researches. Some of the products designed and manufactured as a result of such research activities include mini-hydro turbines for small electricity production, heavy duty inverters, maize sheller, manure mixing machine, packaging machine for cereals and liquids, pavement block machine for making interlocking and paving blocks, egg incubator, power inverters which can handle all domestic electrical appliances, cooking stove that is environmental friendly, irrigation technologies, teaching aids for science subjects and peanut butter grinding machine.

The Prime Minister of URT, Hon. Mizengo Pinda (1st right) listening attentively
on the demonstration of Manure mixing machine fabricated at ATC







In 2014, The Entrepreneurship Centre was established by the College in support of PUM – senior experts Netherlands through VEHICLE project, for the purpose of helping ATC graduates besides being skilled in their field of specialization to become not job seekers (Servants) but job providers (Entrepreneurs).


To stimulate the establishment and growth of start-up businesses to ATC graduates particularly” thus, increase the number of successful businesses and cope with the problem of unemployment in the country.


  1. Offer Entrepreneurship training – using Action Learning Approach

  2. Allow students to engage in discussions in order to generate innovative business ideas

  3. Mentoring and coaching

  4. Provide Financial support (based on availability) to facilitate implementation of the innovative ideas

  5. Shared space within the college premises and

  6. Access to a network of business resources (Need based)


 Capacity Building

In support of PUM, the centre has in place Six (06) ATC Academic staff trained in the area of Entrepreneurship (Block 1-3) and qualifies to be Master Trainers in the area of entrepreneurship. Business ideas generation and incubationVarious groups of students have submitted their ideas; others are currently incubated to the centre

Students training (Business Game) in progress                An Article featuring ATC student in one of the newspaper

Jewellery Group (M4) at work



 Lack of fund to:

  1. Cater for costs of implementing student’s ideas

  2. Cover the costs derived from training,tools,equipment,information materials,coaching and mentoring students entrepreneurs

  3. Refurbish/develop a single space suitable to co-locate various groups of student entrepreneurs




  1. Inculcated Entrepreneurship culture to ATC graduates

  2. mall businesses and thus more job opportunities in the country

  3. wth and thus poverty eradication in the country