The institute was established in 1948 with a donation of Rs. 25 lacs and 31.2 hectares of land by the textile magnate Sheth Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai, hence the college was named Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering. The institute started with 75 students in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical undergraduate programs, and was affiliated to Bombay University. From 1950 until the formation of the Gujarat Technological University it was affiliated to Gujarat University.
In June 1955, admission seats were increased to 150, which were further increased to 300 in 1957. From June 1963, Degree and Diploma granting institutions were separated administratively. A postgraduate program in Electrical Engineering was introduced in 1954. A postgraduate course in Mechanical Engineering was started from June 1963 in the area of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. A postgraduate course in Civil Engineering was introduced in June 1970 in Soil Engineering, Structural Engineering and in Public Health Engineering in June 1972.
Masters Programs in Computer Aided Structural Analysis and Design and Water Resources Management were introduced in 1986.
The institute is All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)  approved.
The institute has six hostel blocks to provide accommodation for 750 students. There are two mess in the hostel campus which are managed by students themselves.
The campus has offices, hostels, and residences of the Principal, rector and wardens. The plinth area of college and hostel buildings admeasures 45,220 sq.m. and 12,556 sq.m. respectively. The coordinates are 23°02′06.12″N 72°32′46.99″E
The institute runs 14 undergraduate programs, 12 postgraduate programs, and four part-time Post Diploma Degree Programs.
Degree programs (full-time):Automobile Engineering
Biomedical Engineering 
Chemical Engineering 
Civil Engineering 
Computer Engineering 
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Postgraduate programs (full-time):Applied Instrumentation
Automation and Control Power System
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
Computer Aided Process Design 
Computer Aided Structure Analysis and Design 
Computer Science & Technology
Geotechnical Engineering 
Internal Combustion Engines and Automobile
Master of Computer Application
Transportation Engineering 
Water Resources and Management 
Post Diploma Degree programs (PDDC - part-time):Civil Engineering 
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Each department has modern, fully equipped laboratories for U.G. and P.G. programs. Most of the laboratories are recognized for testing and standardization by various organizations. New laboratories of the institute are constantly being established in emerging areas. In addition to the students, the laboratories also cater to industrial testing in diverse fields. The campus offers free internet facility to its students & faculty with majority of the labs equipped with highly configured computers.
The workshop is equipped to show students the basic operations of manufacturing and production. It is equipped with a CNC machine, an electro-discharge machine, and measuring instruments. The institute has a thermal workshop in which boilers and other thermal equipments can be studied, and an automobile workshop.
College has dedicated team for major sports like Cricket, Tennis, Badminton, Kabbadi, Football, Volleyball etc. College also has its own ground for Cricket, Football, Lawn Tennis court and Indoor Badminton court. Every year hundreds of students take part in GTU Sports fest, which is university level sports fest of Gujarat and bring laurels to the college.
The library has 1,03,000 technical books, 173 periodicals, reference books, handbooks, encyclopedias and Indian standards. The library has book bank facility for students. An extra reading facility from early morning to evening is arranged during preparation time for examination. Library has its own xerox machine and provides photocopy services to the students and staff members at nominal rates. Free internet access is available.
Each department has its own computer center, with Sun work stations with Solaris and Dec Alpha. Large numbers of personal computers are in use. All computer centers of all departments are connected with internet facility. Every department of the college is also supported with wi-fi.
The institute maintains a training and placement cell to help students prepare for job searches. Assistance is given to students in developing interviewing skills. Major industries conduct campus interviews for final year students, and thus some students get their job offers through the cell.
Faculty members also maintain networks with alumni and potential employers.Job fairs are also arranged by the cell for the left out students. Entrepreneurship awareness camps are organized at the institute to prepare the students for stating their own industry. Lectures are arranged for students to have first hand information for further studies in India and abroad. National companies comes to select students.
The institute has hostel facilities for 787 students. There are two messes in the hostel campus, which are managed by the students. Newspapers and magazines are subscribed for the hostel library. Entertainment facilities include TV room, badminton room, and gymnasium, and outdoor and indoor games. The hostel is administered by the rector and four wardens.
The canteen is located at the center of the campus. This facility is available for the students and staff at reasonable rates. Separate space is allocated to girls student in canteen.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a major youth organization in the country. It is a link between defence and education. The objective of the NCC is to make citizens who show discipline, ideals, services, dignity of labour and hardwork, and a spirit of adventure.
1 Gujarat Composite Technical Company is an NCC unit situated on campus near by Hostel Gate. Technical training for engineering students are given in Engineers, EME and Signal Platoon. NCC training is given to the cadets for three years. After completion of three years training and 2nd and 3rd year examination cadets will be awarded the "C" certificate.
Cadets with the "C" certificate have opportunities to travel abroad, and easier entry to the Armed Forces and Para Military Forces.
National Service Scheme is another youth organisation which has started in year 2012 in the college. Along with NCC, this youth organisation takes active part in the social and cultural programs which take place in the college. NSS volunteers also take place in annual camps held in various parts of country. They are awarded certificates after the completion of course.
A post office and a bank are situated near the campus in Gujarat University.
Vidhyarthi Sansad Prepares action plan and participate in gymkhana activities such as sports, indoor games, cultural activities, debating, social services, social gathering etc. In spite of busy semester schedule, students participate activity in these activities and bring laurels to the institute. Voluntary blood donation camp is a regular feature in the institute. In this year, indoor sports activity is introduced in room no(020) which includes a 4-station multi-gym, table tenis tables and other sports equopments.
To sell stationery, calculators, tools and instruments at reasonable rates, a students stores is run on the campus. Moreover, there is a photocopying facility also.
The institute is in constant liaison with major industries through expert lectures, testing consultancy projects, investigations, students training counting education programs, and seminars.
The college has launched a placement cell http://www.ldceplacement.co.in  to help provide jobs for students.
From 2009, starting from batch 2010, the placement activities are carried out online.
LD college of engineering also consist of different clubs mentioned below:
Arun Garg, Senior Executive Vice President at Reliance Infrastructure Limited.
Jay Parekh, San Francisco Bay Area - Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Oracle
Pavni Diwanji San Francisco Bay Area - Vice President, Engineering, Google
Meet Thakkar New York City - Experienced Associate, PwC
- FOSS Programming Club
- Mind Palace
- National Service Scheme
- SAE India Collegiate Club
- Team Robocon
- Vox Populi