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 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.
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.
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
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;
ALI AHMED OBAID BAIT SAID
BASEM MOHAMMED AAMER AL AAMRI
MARWAN MUSALLAM SAID FADHIL
SAID HAMED 'ABDULLAH AL-SAADI
SALIM MUSALLAM MUSTAHIL ILSH AL KATHIRI
TARIQ SALIM AHMAD HAR AL KATHIRI
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.
For the second consecutive year, Dakkah Engineering Services Company and NAMA Company sponsored a campaign – workshop aimed at promoting Energy Conservation in the Sultanate. This workshop was attended by 24 students from Civil and Architecture Section of SCT-Engineering Department.
The campaign-workshop focused on three main areas: designing sustainable and energy-saving homes, the efficiency of the devices used to provide electricity, and the correct behaviors to rationalize consumption.
Key speakers Architects Hanan Mohamed Al-Kasbi and Afifa Ali Al-Dhuhli provided activities and exercises that made the students experience new atmosphere of learning as they were assigned in small groups that facilitated easier presentations and allowed for practical discussions.
The workshop was a key activity of Dakkah Engineering Services Company and NAMA Company being a part of their campaign for electricity conservation relations work in all areas of the society. The campaign aims to highlight the importance of rationalizing energy consumption, conserving national resources, and promoting best practices in the electricity sector.
Feedback from the workshop was very positive; students admired the way the speakers handled the sessions and suggested to have it each year to have a chance to explore more ideas.
The workshop concluded by giving certificates of attendance to the participants.
Gratitude and appreciation is extended to HoD - Engineering Department, HoS-Civil & Architectural Section, and Student Development Committee and Architectural staff for their overall support that made the activity a success.
As part of the staff and students’ development activity, a special lecture on “Construction Contracts Administration” was conducted on October 1, 2019 by the Civil and Architectural Engineering Section.
The guest lecturer was, Mr. Ahmed Said Al-Rawas, alumni of Salalah College of Technology, and currently a Senior Quantity Surveyor at Royal Court Affairs, Royal Estate, Salalah. He shared topics relating to the actual implementation and monitoring of construction projects covering important aspects like drawings/specifications, bill of quantities, legal documents, payments (advance, interim and final), financial reports, variation orders, pre-contract and post-contract stage.
A fruitful academic interaction among the guest lecturer, Bachelor level students and the staff in attendance concluded the event.
The Engineering Department conducted its General Staff Meeting for Semester 1 AY 2019-2020. Dr. Ali Rafeet, Head of Engineering started the meeting by thanking everyone for the support and participation during the Engineering Day 2019. Active participation of students and staff in the different events was commendable.
During the meeting, the HoD presented the AY 2018-2019 Department Achievements, Statistics on Staff/Resource, Enrollment, Probation, Dismissal, Withdrawal, OJT and Graduates.
Major achievements were categorized as follows:
A. Competitions and Exhibitions
Mechanical Engineering students’ project won 1st Place in the Colleges of Technology Annual Students Gathering (June 2019)
Chemical Engineering students’ project won 1st Place in the Innovation Project Competition at Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex (March 2019).
Chemical Engineering students project as finalist in the Abu Dhabi University sponsored Project Competition (April 2019)
B. Industry-Academic Collaboration
During AY 2018-2019, 20 Industry visits and 4 industry-based projects’ collaboration with companies like OCTAL, Salalah Methanol, Raysut Cement, SSDS, Apergy Middle East, etc.
C. Training Programs for the Community
Electrical section short course training program for the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) staff on basic electrical Engineering lectures
Introduction to building drawing, and AUTOCAD workshop for Dhofar University students.
Electrical Engineering technician assisted students project from Kawla Bint Hakim School
Developed Electrical Licensing Exam Guide
D. Equipment and Facilities Upgrading
Continuous upgrading and installation of software required in different courses (AutoDesk Inventor Professional, HSM Ultimate, OCTAVE and others..
Statistics and graphs showing trends of intake, probation, dismissal, withdrawal, OJT and graduation were also analyzed and discussed. Reduction in percentage of probation from 38% in semester 2 to 33% in semester 3 of AY 2018-2019 was observed . From a three year (2016-2019) comparative analysis, probation was reduced from 30% to 21% in semester 1 of the current academic year.
Electrical section showed the lowest probation and the highest percentage of clearing probation.
The HoD encouraged staff to continue the initiatives such as tutorials, supplementary activities , varied assignments and teaching strategies, use of technology, etc. introduced in the sections to improve students’ academic performance and reduce probation. He also emphasized the need to motivate students and properly guide them towards improving their study skills.
Engr. Arlene Joaquin, Chemical Engineering Coordinator, shared her experiences and strategies to initiate collaboration and industry partnerships for OJT placement and probable employment. She mentioned that some companies even call to convey their satisfaction on the performance of Chemical Engineering students they hired from Salalah College of Technology.
Engineering Day 2019 was held on October 7 & 8, 2019 at the SCT Campus. On the first day, Speech Competition, Chess, Running and Football Games were conducted.
On Day 2, the main event started with the ceremonial ribbon cutting by the Head of Engineering Department and guests. Dr. Ali Rafeet, Head of Engineering Department welcomed and thanked the industry partners and event sponsors in his inspiring opening remarks. Sponsors of this year’s Engineering Day are AL SHANFARI GROUP AND PARTNERS, SALALAH METHANOL COMPANY, CARMEUSE MAJAN COMPANY, DHOFAR BEVERAGE AND FOODSTUFF COMPANY, DHOFAR CATTLE FEED COMPANY and FANAR-JUWEIRA-HAWANA GROUP. He mentioned that the strong support of the local companies bring about fruitful partnership of the academia and the industry sector. Certificates and Plaques of Appreciation were awarded to industry partners and event sponsors in recognition and appreciation of their continued support to the Engineering Department.
Highlights of the first day events on extemporaneous speech, chess, running and football competitions were presented for viewing by the audience at the Multipurpose Hall. Main events on the second day included Darts, Photography, Quiz and Project competitions.
Awarding of prizes and certificates to the winners of sports and academic competitions concluded the two day event.
The following table shows the standing of the sections in the different competitions:
Diploma 1st Year
Darts (individual and team)
Darts (individual )
Mechanical and Chemical
Diploma 1st Year
Mechanical and Chemical
Diploma 1stsup> Year
Electrical Engineering Section got the OVERALL competition trophy in the Engineering Day 2019 celebration.