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The Staff and Advanced Diploma Level Students of Mechanical Engineering Specialization visited OCTAL Company, Salalah on 26th February 2020. The plant visit helped the students to understand the various operations involved in PET resin manufacturing and Health & Safety standards in the workplace. The visit also provided an opportunity to relate the application of theory part to real work environment of product manufacturing.

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.

The Civil Engineering Section of the Engineering Department conducted an industry consultation with Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company (SSDSC). The purpose of the meeting was to come up with a scheme, that will make the program offering of the section relevant to the ever-changing industry manpower and skills demand. A round table discussion with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Section staff and SSDSC engineers led by Engr. Abdullah Al-Awaid, Head of Project and Contracts Section of SSDSC, tackled issues that the industry expects from Civil Engineering graduates who will be employed with SSDS Company. Several suggestions served as input for possible reorientation of the program. The meeting resulted to be cordial and fruitful, with the specific purpose achieved.

The said activity was being conducted as part of the section’s initiative to collect feedback from different stakeholders like the industry.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 11:04

Engineers from Industry as Project Examiners

Final Year Project is a main requirement to complete the Bachelor in Civil Engineering Program. Students defend their project to a panel of examiners.

The Civil and Architecture section invited engineers from Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services Company (SSDSC), a Salalah based industry, to serve as external examiners in the project presentation. Two student projects were examined, namely, “Analysis and Design of Five - Storey Building”, and “Cost Estimate of a Two - Storey Building in Salalah using MS Excel”. The panel of examiners asked practical questions to students during the project defense session.

The activity concluded with the examiners giving their objective feedback.

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.

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:

Extemporaneous Speech
CIVIL Photography
Mechanical Quiz Bee
Diploma 1st Year Darts (individual and team)
Quiz Bee
Darts (individual )
CIVIL Football
Mechanical and Chemical Running
Darts (team)
Diploma 1st Year Extemporaneous Speech
CIVIL Extemporaneous Speech
Darts (team)
Mechanical and Chemical Football
Diploma 1stsup> Year Quiz Bee

Electrical Engineering Section got the OVERALL competition trophy in the Engineering Day 2019 celebration.

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