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Engineering Department News (17)

The Student Development Committee of the Mechanical Engineering section organized a webinar on October 26, 2020. Mr. Gopinath Raju, Head-Operations, Akshaya Enviro Solutions, India, delivered the lecture on “Conventional and Non-Conventional Sources of Energy” to Diploma level students and staff of Mechanical Engineering program.

Initially, a brief introduction about the company operations was given and then elaborated on the following topics:

  • Sources of Energy
  • Global Trend – Electricity Production using Renewable Energy
  • Solar Technology – Solar Photovoltaic
  • Different Types of Solar Panels and Grid System
  • Solar Modules
  • Solar Pumping System

The program was initiated by Mr. Vijayanand M, Member of OJT and Industrial Link Committee.  Mr. Venkatesan T, Member of the Student Development Committee thanked all the students and staff for their active participation in the session.

As part of the staff development program, a webinar via Google Meet was organized on July 05, 2020.

Speaker: Dr. S. Ramesh., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Presidency University, Bangalore, Karnataka State, India.

Topic: “Intelligent Machining and Research Opportunities

The following topics were discussed;

  • Evolution of Intelligent Machining
  • Machining Basics
  • Components of Intelligent Machining
  • Introduction to Machining Process Control - PLC
  • Introduction to Adaptive Control
  • Future Directions in Intelligent Machining
  • Recent Researches in Intelligent Machining

About 20 participants from Oman and 10 participants from India benefited from the event.

The presentation ended with an interactive session of questionnaire and vote of thanks.

With the aim to enhance the management & supervision of students’ project-reports, Department of Engineering organized an online workshop on “Effective Management of Students’ Project Reports”, on 25th June 2020.

The objective of Workshop: The impetus for the workshop came from Dr. Ali Rafeet, HoD (Engineering), himself. According to him, students’ projects form an integral part of the Engineering program. Managing students’ projects in a fast-changing world patented by the information explosion requires adequate training on prudent and savvy mentoring, for the project-supervisors.

Overview of Event: Keeping the aim of the workshop in view, the digital event started at 9:00 am with three sessions in which each session ended with an activity. Head of the team and the moderator for the event Dr. Teofilo Sabangan from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Section, managed a sequential and carefully selected order of topics of discussions. He started the workshop with a short but powerful introduction.

Opening remarks was given by Dr. Mohammad Faizur Rahaman Khazi, HOS (Civil & Architectural Engineering).

Session#1: Guiding students on Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review and Methodology-writing: The first session commenced with Dr. Rakesh Namdeti from the Chemical Engineering Section, who emphasized on the importance and ways of guiding a perfectly synced and seamlessly written introduction and literature review.

Session #2: Supervision on Results & Discussion and Conclusions & Recommendations: This was taken up by Dr. Shabnam from the Diploma First Year Section. In her session, she brought to the fore, the important and relevant points related to effective supervision in dealing with the findings and handling the limitations therein.

Session #3: “Common Errors in Engineering Student Project Reports at SCT”: The third session took to floors by Dr. Mohammed Kashoob, from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Section. Besides presenting the commonly observed errors in students’ project reports, he proposed the solutions to avoid and reduce those errors. 

Closing Remarks & Feedback from Audience: Dr. Mohammad Faizur Rahaman Khazi, thanked the facilitators while adding how worthwhile the theme, content and delivery of the workshop was. Very informative, concise, clear, enriching, meaty, and all superlatives, were some of the feedback received from the staff who had attended. All the facilitators agreed that being symbiotic and synergized determined the success of the workshop. They also recognized the support extended by the ETC-technician Mr. Ariben Santiago in ensuring the flawless progress of the online workshop.

Overall, the workshop was a success, a well-received event with a win-win situation for facilitators and the audience alike, and hopefully in future for the students as well.

As part of the staff development program, a webinar via Google Meet was organized on June 28, 2020 by the Mechanical Engineering Section.

Speaker: Dr. Sathish P., Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Section, Salalah College of Technology, Salalah, Oman

Topic: “Introduction to Design of Experiments (DoE)”

The following topics were presented and discussed;

  • Introduction to General Experimental Design Process
  • Design of Experiment Variables
  • Levels and Treatments of Experiments
  • Testing of Hypothesis
  • ANOVA – Analysis of Variance
  • Factorial Design of Experiments
  • Application of DoE in Research

About 17 participants from Salalah College of Technology, Salalah, Oman and 3 participants from India benefited from the event.

The presentation ended with an interactive session of questionnaire and vote of thanks.

Engr. Sugumar Rajamani, Technical Maintenance Manager, Mina Petroleum LLC, Salalah delivered a guest lecture in March 2020 about“Industrial Pumps – Operation & Maintenance” to Diploma Level students and staff of Mechanical Engineering Program .

Initially, a brief introduction about the company operations was given and then elaborated on the following topics:

  • Basic function of a pump
  • Major types of industrial pump
  • Construction and working principle of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps
  • Application of pumps in industry
  • Operating procedure
  • Maintenance program for industrial pumps

The session served as introduction to dealing with real life working procedure of pump operations and maintenance.

The Staff and Diploma Level Students of Mechanical Engineering Specialization visited Dunes Oman Company, Salalah on 13th February 2020. The plant visit helped the students to understand the various operations involved in sand casting, core and pattern making, quality control and health and safety standards in the workplace. The visit also provided an opportunity to relate the application of the theory part to the real work environment of product manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering section organized a workshop on "Curriculum Review and Development” with local industry representatives. The objective was to review our existing programs and learning outcomes to boost the quality of SCT graduates in meeting industry standards.

Dr. Said Omar Al-Mashikhi welcomed the dignitaries from various industries and emphasized the importance of their feedback on programs and course outcomes in enhancing students’ skills to complement the industry standards.

Dr. Ali Rafeet, HoD Engineering Department distributed certificates to the participants and appreciated their presence and participation in the feedback survey.

Dr. N Sellappan, HoS-Mechanical Engineering Section thanked the industry representatives for gracing the event and for their support.

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;


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


Engr. Khair Al-Rawas, SCT Alumni, currently the Flake Quality Engineer at Octal Petrochemicals Company delivered a guest lecture about process and production of polyethylene to Chemical Engineering Advanced Diploma students. She gave a brief introduction about the post-consumer waste of polyethylene terephthalate of Octal Petrochemicals, and conducted interactive discussion related to the process. Two other alumni, Engr. Ali Hubais, Process Engineer and Engr. Asraar Baalawy, trainee in Process Safety also attended the session. They shared their experiences and imparted the importance of process safety as well as soft skills needed to meet industry expectations. Hearing directly from alumni about their experiences in the "real world" of Chemical Engineering is a great opportunity for our students to shape their own plans and ambitions for future employment. The session concluded at 2:00 pm with Engr. Arlene A. Joaquin, SCT - Chemical Engineering Coordinator giving the word of thanks.

SCT Chemical Engineering and Salalah Methanol Company joined efforts and discussed Salalah Methanol Manufacturing Processes and Industry Expectations from Chemical Engineering Faculty.

Engr. Fatima Bakhit Al-Amri, Research and Development Engineer – Salalah Methanol Company (SMC), presented to the chemical engineering students the detailed process and manufacturing of methanol and its applications. The discussion aimed to let the students understand the importance and applications of chemical engineering principles and processes to the solution of problems.

Engr. Viswaraj Ayapilla, Competency Development Specialist - SMC, talked about bridging the gap between academia and industry. Some approaches to tackle the gap include the alignment of curriculum with industry requirements; a regular review of the curriculum that should be developed in accordance with industrial needs. Apart from focusing on curriculum structure, he also talked about exposure of students to handling the industrial equipment and training in line with the current industrial trends.

Engr. Mohammed Salim Al-Awaid, Panel Engineer – SMC, gave an overview of his experiences as a student of SCT-Chemical Engineering, and currently as an employee of SMC.

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