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Hybrid Car Find its Way to SCT

SCT-Electrical Engineering Section hosted a guest lecture with Engrs. M.P. Rajasekhar and Yahya Al-Kathiri, Assistant General Manager & Manager, Oman Trading Establishment as speakers. One of the models of the hybrid car produced by Hyundai was brought for viewing and demonstration. The speakers explained the latest technologies applied in modern vehicles such as hybrid cars. Because hybrids run on gas and electricity, they emit less pollution; thus help in reducing the build-up of gases that cause global warming.

The actual operation and control of the hybrid vehicle was demonstrated to the participants.

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TECH-QUIZ 2019 Winners

As part of students’ development activity, the Mechanical Engineering section conducted a technical quiz competition named Tech-Quiz 2019. Diploma Second Year, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor Level Mechanical Engineering students participated in the competition. Students had the opportunity to test their subject knowledge and understanding of various subjects in Mechanical Engineering courses such as Engineering Graphics, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing Process, Machine Drawing, Fluid Mechanics, Workshop Technology, Machine Drawing and Applied Mechanics.

Congratulations to the Winners of this year’s Tech Quiz 2019

FIRST PLACE

42S14400 AADIL AHMED SAID ZUWAID ALKATHIRI Adv. Diploma
42J1520 JASEM KHALID FAEL BAIT MUSTHELL Adv. Diploma
42S15267 HAMID KHAMIS MUBARAK SALUMI Adv. Diploma

SECOND PLACE

42S1592 MARWAN ADNAN AHMED QATAN Adv. Diploma
42J14214 MOHAMMED RABIA KHAMIS AMAN BAIT ALHABSHI Diploma
42J144390 AHMED BAKHIT SALIM KASHOOB Adv. Diploma

THIRD PLACE

42S162996 MOHAMMED SAMI OMAR AL-ZUBAIDI Diploma
42J1664 SALIM MOHAMMED MUSALLAM SAID GHAWAS BAIT KATHIR Diploma
42J16329 HASSAN AWADH AHMED AL-SHANFARI Diploma
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Electrical Engineering Students’ Industry Visit to Raysut Cement Company

The staff and students of Electrical Power specialization visited Raysut Cement Company to enhance their knowledge on practical aspects of Switchgear, Motor Control, Drives, Instrumentation and Basic Electrical Safety. Engr. Said Ahmed Habkook Kashoob, HSE Engineer, explained details of Electrical Safety and also advised the students concerning ethical standards in the workplace.

Site Engineer Ahmed Beqweer and his team explained the following:

  • Transformer 33kVA/11kVA and its protection,
  • MV Switch gear,
  • Yard and Conveyor Control System,
  • Central Control Room – Instrumentation,
  • Temperature control for Kiln Operation.

The students toured the plant to witness the various operations including preparation of clinker and cement. This experience made the students appreciate the relationship of concepts learned in class and how they are applied to the work environment.

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Enhancing Problem Solving Skills of Engineering Students

The Student Development Committee conducted a seminar on “Enhancing Problem Solving Skills” to prepare engineering students with the complexities of dealing with subjects that require analytical skills. Topics included were: systematic procedure in solving problem called structured problem-solving method, dimensional analysis and effective use of calculator functions to reduce errors and save time in computations.

After the seminar, feedback were collected and favorable responses were given. Students suggested that the activity be given at the start of the semester to post-foundation students and the presentation be posted on their e-learning module.

The seminar was organized by the Student Development Committee headed by Engr. Gerardo Laya and Ms. Arwa with Engr. Jamin Santiago as a speaker.

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A Glimpse of A’Safwah Dhofar Cattle Feed Co. (S.A.O.G.), Salalah

Advanced Diploma students of Mechanical Engineering Section visited A’Safwah Dhofar Cattle Feed Co. (S.A.O.G.), Salalah on 12th March 2019. This visit was part of the Student Development activity. Students had the opportunity to understand Injection Molding & Blow Molding Processes, Quality Control Process, Automated Material Handling and Packaging System. They also learnt about the technology and various operations involved from the manufacturing to packaging of the company’s products.

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Lime Waste Recycling Project- A Collaboration of SCT Engineering and Carmeuse Majan LLC (SFZ)

The academia – industry collaboration plays an important role by encouraging new ideas and innovative research projects. Mr. Ahmed Suhail Al Naqeeb, Director of HR and H&S of Carmeuse Majan LLC (SFZ) invited a team from SCT- Engineering Department for an initial meeting with Carmeuse Majan team to discuss project collaboration with the company through students’ project. The collaborative project aims to determine the applications of rejected lime & waste materials and reprocess into new products.

Carmeuse Majan is part of Carmeuse Group, Belgium company is the leading global producer of lime and limestone products. The Carmeuse Group has production facilities in Europe, North America and Africa.

The second meeting took place at SCT- Engineering office presided by Dr. Ali Rafeet, Head of Engineering Department. The meeting discussed the various project proposals through detailed process such as recycling of polypropylene for container and gardening tools, converting the rejected lime into hydrated lime for water and soil treatment and blending of cement.

As a part of Carmeuse Group activity the company plans to actively engage the students to research, analyze, formulate etc. on the project for providing the most effective and efficient solution that meets predefined criteria. Through this scheme the company plans to conduct a project competition for the Engineering students and award the most excellent quality project.

Dr. Ali Rafeet thanked the industry guests from Carmeuse Majan and conveyed his wish of strengthening the academia-industry project collaboration.

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Engineering Staff joins IIRSM-Oman Chapter Initiative

Engineering Department staff through the invitation of Raysut Cement Company attended the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)- Oman Chapter meeting held at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Salalah.

Mr. Frank Higgins - Head of HSE, Raysut Cement gave an overview of the Health and Safety standards and practices in Oman. He cited the importance of forming a committee to enhance and upgrade health, safety and environment standards in and outside the workplace. This committee could serve as platform for professionals to share experiences, best practices and to develop their own skills through personal development. The benefits of affiliation to the UK-based IIRSM were also mentioned during the session.

Participants in the meeting were also informed that initially, SCT Chemical Engineering students were given one year FREE student membership in IIRSM and later extended to all SCT students. This membership entitles the students to access online the institute’s HSE resources, participate in forums as well as gain advance knowledge in preparation for future employment.

For updates and developments undertaken to improve risk management in Oman, participants were urged to attend future meetings.

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1st PRIZE WON by SCT-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS

SCT-Chemical Engineering students participated in an Innovation Project Exhibition last March 3, 2019 at Salalah Youth Complex, Salalah. This exhibition was organized by a newly formed committee of innovative minds called “Fingerprint,2nd Edition” in cooperation with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and The Scientific Research Council.

On display were more than 30 projects from Dhofar University, Salalah College of Technology, College of Applied Sciences-Salalah, Caledonian College of Engineering and other schools and local entrepreneurs.

Most of the participating students found the exhibition a platform to showcase their talents and their capability to hit the job market using innovative ideas or with their own entrepreneurial projects.

The title of the project that won 1st place - “Adsorption of Zinc from Aqueous Solution using Banana Peel and Stem Powder”. This project explains the economic treatment process for the removal of zinc metal present in the effluent streams coming from various chemical industries especially electroplating and paint industries.

Corporate participants and experts from different industries assessed all the displayed projects , after which the Chemical Engineering project was announced winner.

Students Involved in the Project Competition were;

  1. ALI AHMED OBAID BAIT SAID
  2. BASEM MOHAMMED AAMER AL AAMRI
  3. MARWAN MUSALLAM SAID FADHIL
  4. SAID HAMED 'ABDULLAH AL-SAADI
  5. SALIM MUSALLAM MUSTAHIL ILSH AL KATHIRI
  6. TARIQ SALIM AHMAD HAR AL KATHIRI

Dr. Rakesh Namdeti, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering was the project supervisor.

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Training on the "Role of Fire Warden"

Engineering Health and Safety Committee members and other staff traveled to Raysut, Salalah (SFZ) as participants in a two day training program organized by Raysut Cement Company in cooperation with Fire Protection Association (FPA) .The training was titled “Role of Fire Warden”

The training team Mr. Frank Higgins and Mr. Said Kashoob enlightened the audience with the statistics of fire deaths in Oman and the causes of fire accidents. There was a thorough discussion on how fire accidents start ,the spreading nature of fire and protection from fire hazards. Finally, there was a demonstration on the usage of different fire extinguishers for different fire accidents as well as the evacuation procedures in buildings.

A slogan “Protect People, Property, Business and Environment” served as closing remarks of the program.

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Synergy of SCT Engineering Department and Raysut Cement Company on HSE

The Engineering Department invited experts from Raysut Cement Company to share their experience with the department on Health, Safety and Risk Management practices. Mr. Frank Higgins-Head of HSE and Mr. Said Ahmed Habkook Kashoob -Manager of HSE, Raysut Cement Company met with the Engineering Head of Department, Heads of Sections and Health, Safety and Risk Management Committees to discuss concerns related to health and safety in laboratories and workshops. This meeting was held to assess the safety measures implemented in Engineering and provide feedback to improve HSE standards in the department.

A lively discussion and sharing of insights concerning health and safety practices vis-a-vis the perceptions among employees within and outside the work environment took place at the HoD office.

A tour of the engineering laboratories and workshops in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Chemical Buildings were conducted. Actual safety operation of some equipment was demonstrated. Students were also involved during the lab tour.

Mr. Frank Higgins, pointed out the shortfalls he observed and suggested corrective measures. After the tour, the Head of Department gave instructions to immediately act on these suggestions to improve workplace safety.

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