US-Based Company To Install Modern Technical Learning Equipment
Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) has collaborated with a US-based manufacturing company with the aim of introducing more modern, technical and advanced Engineering equipment for training Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students.
Through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, the team from Amatrol Advanced Manufacturing Company based in Jeffersonville U.S.A recently trained TU-K technicians and launched an advanced learning system software.
According to Mr. Mark A. Hubbs, a Director at Amatrol, the equipment will be delivered in June this year.
The equipment to be installed are Electrical and Electronic Equipment Systems including AC/DC voltage and current circuits, fuses circuit protection devices , circuit breaker and testers, potentiometers, solenoids among others.
Also expected are Mechanical Drive System equipment which include; fabrications, conveyors, hydraulic pumps, rollers and drives.
“What we were doing today is to introduce a software that demonstrate how the equipment operate, and how best they can be used to train Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students,” said Hubbs.
The Director at the same time disclosed that the students who will train under Amatrol will automatically get industrial training and job opportunities in companies associated to them worldwide including Toyota Kenya, Siemens, Car and General Motors, Ford, General Motors, Free Port, MC Moran, Caterpillar, General Mills among others.
“The equipment we use are designed for effective teaching purposes, they are durable and more superior in both multimedia and troubleshooting effects”. Said Mark.
He added that some of these machines are already installed in various higher learning institutions in Ghana. The students who underwent the training have already been absorbed in the job market including petroleum and mining industries with focus areas on installations systems. Kenya is the second in Africa to benefit from Amatrol training, the company started in 1981 and currently operates in 110 countries globally.
Kenya Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) Director General Dr. Kipkirui Langat indicated that the move is important in addressing the shortage of professionals in modern manufacturing industries in Kenya where foreign skilled personnel have in several occasions been hired.
“There is a serious shortage of technical skilled personnel in our industries including mechanics, maintenance technicians, assemblers, electricians, trouble shooters in modern manufacturing industries,” said Dr. Langat.
Dr. Langat added that the move is part of an initiative to replace the old equipment and keep up with global technology advancement.
Present during the meeting were TU-K DVC Prof. Suki Mwendwa, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology Prof. Alex Muumbo, Department of Physics and Space Science Ag Director Prof. Jackson Odote together with other senior university staff.