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As part of Student’s Development Activity, the Mechanical Engineering section has organized Technical Quiz Competition for the Mechanical Engineering student’s community. Students from Diploma Second Year, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor Level participated in the competition. The following staff members from the section have organized the event.

  1. P. Kumaradhas
  2. P. Sathish
  3. T. Venkatesan
  4. N. Mahaviradhan

The competition was held in four rounds;

Round 1 : Direct Question

Round 2 : Multiple Choice Question

Round 3 : Visual (Image)

Round 4 : Video

The questions were asked from the following subjects;

  1. Engineering Graphics
  2. Engineering Materials
  3. Manufacturing Process
  4. Machine Drawing
  5. Fluid Mechanics
  6. Workshop Technology
  7. Applied Mechanics
Sunday, 20 March 2016 09:15

Training on the Use Fire Extinguishers

College Health & Safety Committee and Engineering Department organized a health and safety related awareness program on the topic “A Training on How to Use Fire Extinguishers” held on 15th March 2016. The training session was given by the resource person, Major Ahmed Al Bakhit Kashoob from Civil Defense and Ambulance, Royal Oman Police, Salalah.

Session 1- general awareness about the possibilities of accidents and the right response to such accidents. Major Ahmed discussed with the help of Engr. Said Al Mahri, the recent history of Salalah’s fire related accidents and how they were resolved. It was interesting to know the types of extinguisher they are using to resolve fire-related cases.

Session 2 was a practical hands-on training about extinguishers which was conducted near the assembly point infront of IT Building. Many students and faculty participated in the actual training. The ROP resource person Major Ahmed Kashoob and Mr. Ali Akaak explained and demonstrated the actual operation of extinguishers.

Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, Head of Department-Engineering presented a token of appreciation for the efforts taken by the ROP representatives.

On 9th March 2016 the BTech students of Electrical Power specialization accompanied by Electrical Engineering staff Engr. Sayed Birose and Dr. Syed Aqeel Ashraf of Engineering Department visited DHOFAR GENERATING COMPANY, as part of their industrial visit program. Through this visit, students gained first-hand information about different stages of Power Generation by Gas Turbine at 11kV. The executive in training department explained the various safety procedures as well as the working of machines being used in the Power Generation station at Raysut in SALALAH. Students’ gained understanding of practical applicability of control on various machine concepts in the real working environment. They were also shown the high voltage power equipments and switchgears for the first time. Students felt the visit very informative and resourceful. The students were asked to submit a report on the valuable visit.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 13:47

Salalah Mills Industrial Visit

Date / Day of Visit     :           15-03-16, Tuesday

Company                   :           Salalah Mills Co., Salalah

Staff In- Charge        :           Er. Ansari Faiyaz Ahmed

Salalah Mills Co. (SAOG) was formed in 1995 as a joint stock company with about US$ 18 million investment with the intention of milling and distributing premium quality wheat products to the growing Oman market and to export to African and other neighboring countries. SMC's commercial operation commended on 1st January 1998.

SMC is located at Raysut Industrial estate in the southern region of Sultanate of Oman and only 3 kms away from Salalah Port and Free Trade Zone. The mill is installed with state of art technology equipment from Buhler of Switzerland who is the world leader for milling industries. With its most modern roller mills in the region it has the capacity of 450,000 M.T. Annually milling wheat and has storage facility of 142,000 M.T.

SMC is producing a number of various flour products. The fine product mix is designed for individual as well as industrial customers, which are all available in convenient packing of 1kg, 5Kg, 10kg, 25kg, 30kg, 40kg and 50kg. The end products are;

  • Bakers Flour
  • Arabic Bread Flour
  • Home baking Flour
  • Atta and Chakki Atta
  • Brown Bread Flour
  • Semolina
  • Harees
  • Jareesh (Craked Wheat)

BTech students of Mechanical Engineering Section had an industrial visit to Salalah Mills Company on 15th March 2016. There were 15 students who visited the plant and it was very fruitful as they were made to understand the various manufacturing processes, equipment, machineries, quality control and management.

Salalah College of Technology, Engineering Department held ‘SCIENCE DAY 2016” event on March 8, 2016 in the college campus. The program aimed at motivating the Omani students of Diploma I Year to develop their knowledge in the basic sciences of engineering. About 150 female and male students from the diploma I year section of Engineering Department participated in the event.

Dr. R. Rajasekaran, Diploma I Year Coordinator welcomed the participants and guests of honor. Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi Head of the Engineering Department delivered the inauguration address.

The program consisted of various competitions like Article writing, Poster presentation, Scientific modeling and Quiz Bee. Science models and posters were also exhibited at the venue. A motivational talk on the topic, The Need of Science for Socio-Economic Development was delivered by Dr. Khalid Al Mashikhi , chair- Department of Education, CAAS Dhofar University.  

Salalah Methanol Company, sponsored the event.  Mr. Ahmed Kashoub, External Affairs Manager gave an overview of the company, its programs, services and job opportunities for students.

Dr. Ahmed Al Shahri, Assistant Dean for Student affairs awarded the prizes to the winners of various competitions.

The program ended with words of thanks from Mr. Andrew Appaji, lecturer in Diploma I Year.

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:54


Mechanical Engineering is the mother of all the evolving engineering studies like Automotive, Aerospace, Marine, Production, Mechatronics, Thermal Engineering and Robotics.

Mechanical Engineering is the backbone for a country’s industrial development. The modern study in Mechanical Engineering comprises of many software-enabled design and manufacturing tasks like 2D drafting, 3D modeling, assembly, analysis, detailing, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing.

The Mechanical Engineering section aims to produce highly skilled graduates to enter the work force. We strongly believe that hands on experience in Design and Manufacturing software will open more job opportunities in the competitive environment. Particularly, the aforementioned section continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhanced education by providing extensive training programs in CAD/CAM/CAE software.

The Engineering Design lab is equipped with state-of-the-art facility like AutoCAD, Solidworks, Ansys, Arena, ChemCAD Software, CAD workstations and plotter.

We offer the following software training program for the students of diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor levels in Mechanical Engineering program that cater to the specific requirements of the students and job profiles.

  • AutoCAD – 2D and 3D Modeling.
  • Solidworks – 3D Modeling and Assembly.
  • CNC Programming and Machining.
Date / Day11/02/2016, Thursday, 10.30 am
Staff In-Charge Mr. Gangadhar T. G., Head of OJT and Industry Link Committee

The Mechanical Engineering Section, Engineering Department, Salalah College of Technology invited Mr. Javed Akhtar, Performance Improvement Manager, SMC for a technical talk on “General Introduction to Methanol Process” on 11th February 2016. He delivered the guest lecture on the following topics;

  • What is meant by methanol?
  • Desulphurization Process
  • Importance of Catalysts
  • Cost Analysis of Catalysts
  • Compression of Methanol Gas
  • Usage of Heat Exchanger
  • Importance of Mechanical Engineer in Methanol Industry
  • Applications of Methanol
  • Safety Aspects in Methanol Industry

Students from diploma level and staff members from the mechanical engineering section were participated in the presentation.

Date / Date of Visit 07-02-2016, Sunday, 11-02-2016, Thursday
Staff In-Charge Er. P. Kumaradhas

Dunes Oman is a manufacturer of brake parts and truck components for automotive manufacturers. These components are being fitted in various passenger cars produced by Audi, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler, BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, Suzuki and heavy commercial vehicles such as Volvo and MAN. The company is a subsidiary of Brakes India and TRW a leader in automotive safety and one of the biggest automotive suppliers. The Salalah Free Zone has allowed the company to reduce shipping lead times and raw materials costs. Additionally, the mild climate of Salalah has allowed Dunes Oman to set up a foundry, which would have been more challenging in other locations in the region. Furthermore, with its plans to export to the United States, the company will be taking advantage of the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement which exempts brakes imported from Oman from any customs duties giving the company a competitive edge over its competitors. This plant had started its commercial production from April 2008 with 18,000 MTPA capacity and doubled its production capacity to 36,000 MTPA to meet the International customers’ requirement.

There was an industrial visit organized on 7th & 11th February 2016 to Dunes Oman LLC Company for Second Year Diploma Students of Mechanical Engineering program. Around 50 students were visited the plant and it was very fruitful to the students to understand the various Manufacturing Processes in the following areas;

  • Sand casting process
  • Pattern and mold making process
  • Metal pouring process
  • Casting inspection – NDT – X-ray control room
  • Quality control - CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine)
Monday, 15 February 2016 12:30

The Chemical Engineering Industrial Visit

The BTech Chemical Engineering students visited Port of Salalah on February 10, 2016 to gain awareness in health and safety measures. During the visit, HSE Training & Compliance Supervisor, Mr. Said Ahmed Habkook Kashoob, explained the various safety procedures of the company in particular; the cranes and slings along with the safety rules and regulations. After the visit, the students gained knowledge on the importance of safety measures in the company.

Staff In-Charge: Engr. Vasu and Engr. Azucena

The Student Development Committee of Engineering Department organized a seminar entitled “How to Write Exams Effectively”, this was held on Tuesday 9th Feb., 2016, 11:45 PM at ELEC-13L for all Engineering Students. The idea behind the seminar is to develop the confidence in students during examinations. The lecture was delivered by Engr. Syed Muhammad Iqbal, lecturer of Civil Section, Engineering Department.

Engr. Syed, has given tips on effective ways of writing the exam, these include time management, change of lifestyle, sleep habits, etc. He also elaborated some factors on building confidence during examination.

Dr. Said Al-Mashikhi, HoD Engineering who was present in the seminar added that students should first start answering the questions in which they are well prepared.

Dr. Syed Aqeel Ashraf, Engr. Gerardo laya, Engr. Venkatesan were present at the lecture. The session was attended by many Diploma, Advanced Diploma and B. Tech students from Electrical Engineering. It was very informative and valuable. The students have appreciated much the invited lecture in their feedback form.

The Student Development Committee of Engineering Department organized a guest lecture on the topic “Electrical Engineer Career” for Electrical Engineering Students. The lecture was delivered by Engr. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Dhahab, Electrical Construction Engineer, Petroleum Development of Oman(PDO), OMAN. This was held on Tuesday 2nd Feb., 2016, 12:10 PM at ELEC lab -7L Room of the Electrical Section.

Engr. Ahmed, alumni of Electrical Engineering, discussed the Electrical job responsibilities in any organization. He elaborated the factors to be considered on how to diagnose the faulty components in the power circuits and the importance of the AC/DC machines being used in different sections in the industry. He strongly emphasized that having good knowledge about the functioning of power equipment will make a good impression of oneself on a job interview.

Staffs present during the lecture were Dr. Syed Aqeel Ashraf, Engr. Ninzo Thomas, Engr. Jamin Santiago, Engr. Arun and Engr. S. Kumar. The session was attended by many Diploma, Advanced Diploma and B. Tech students from Electrical Engineering. The students have found it informative and valuable as reflected on the feedback form.

Similar guest lectures are in progress in other sections of Engineering Department.

The faculty members of chemical engineering together with some students visited Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), largest oilfield located in Nimr, South of Muscat. PDO Nimr has drilled more than 2,300 wells producing an average of 20,000 m3 of crude oil per day. The crude oil produced is sent to Mina Al Fahal refinery in Muscat via pipeline.

The initial round of the visits was on understanding the crude oil exploration and production in Oman. In the subsequent rounds, the company gave details of its operations. The PDO staff also mentioned that the effluent water from the production is being treated and reused in the oilfield and farmland.

Listening to experts in the industry gave the faculty and students a chance to gain in-depth knowledge about the oil field exploration and production in Oman.

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