Advancing Technical Skills for Engineering Staff

Mr. Ben Maniafu, a technologist in College of Engineering and Technology was involved in training aimed to empower and motivate human resource. The training was done in Tottori University in field of Precision Machining. The training came in handy since AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project had facilitated purchase of some of the equipment such as CNC turning lathe machine, CNC milling machine and Wire EDM. “The training therefore was useful to me as technician to be able to gain practical knowledge on the various equipment to enable me to guide the students on such” Mr. Maniafu said.

Mr. Patrick Juma and Mr. Martin Mburu, Research Fellows in AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project had a chat with him on his experience, achievements and expectations from the short term training.

The objective of this training was to equip participants with technical knowhow not only to operate but also to maintain of existing and newly acquired equipment donated by the Government of Japan through the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project based at JKUAT in the College of Engineering and Technology.

Mr. Ben Maniafu and the Japanese experts recollecting the activities of the day after training

Specific areas covered included involute gear cutting using the milling machine; fabrication, installation and testing of a deodorization box for the laser cutting / printing machine; and training on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided-Manufacture (CAM). Other practical exercises included production of screw drive machining, PVC pipes thin sheet and wobbling were also covered in the training.

With the vast knowledge gained from the short time training, the students will benefit through assistance and mentorship in student project planning, implementation and experience in handling and operation of new equipment installed at the iPIC building.

Ben gets hands on experience with the machines during the training

Experiences gained will be shared with other technical staffs within the department, students taking engineering programs at the university, and other interested parties in order to improve on indigenous knowledge creation, transfer and product development.

The gap in the training was the short training period with a tight schedule. This training can form the basis for future training and skills upgrading programs. However, to achieve the objectives of iPIC subtaskforce and handling equipment installed in engineering workshops, more such training of teaching and technical staffs is inevitable.