From the newest engineering technology to smart solutions, new-age electronics and informative sessions with experts in the industry, UCSI’s Engineering Day 2019 was the first ever held among private universities in Malaysia.
The event had the theme of bridging the university with industry and saw a total of 23 industry players participating in the event including top companies such as Siemens Malaysia, Schneider Electric, FESTO, CAD Vision Systems, Harvest Engineering, CIDB Malaysia, Omron Electronics, Bentley and Wehaya Sdn Bhd.
“The event is held mainly to give exposure to students and provide them with training opportunities. It is a move from the conventional to revolutionised technology in line with Industry 4.0,” said UCSI’s Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Built Environment postgraduate studies head, Dr Jonathan Yong Chung Ee.
“As opposed to other similar events, this is academically-inclined, aimed to empower the university in the field of Engineering and give inspiration for future career paths” he added.
One of the participating companies was CIDB Malaysia that prominently featured their product which was motivated by the desire to improve the way low-cost housing is designed and built. The home units are designed in a way that allows them to be modularised to allow standard sections to be fabricated off-site while the main structure is being erected on site.
“With this new technology and innovation, fewer labourers are required, construction time is reduced and there is less waste. It is a modern construction which will lead to enhanced knowledge among students especially in their Final Year project,” said CIDB Malaysia researcher, Mohammad Faedzwan Abdul Rahman.
CAD Vision Systems marketing executive, Nur Dianah Hasan Basri, was eager to share about her company. According to her, CAD stands for Computer Aided Drawing which essentially represents designs in manufacturing.
According to her, the company provides a 4-day training which benefits students involved in designing especially in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Aptly, their motto is “3D Experience for Design Vision to Build Reality”.
Bentley division manager, Vincent Chong, emphasised the company’s control design software used for tasks that involve electrical schematics, connection lists, panel layouts, bills of material and many more.
He also explained about the different courses included in their three-day training programme. The training consists of 3D Basics, Solid Construction and Modification, Feature Modelling, Surface Creation, Meshes and Visualising a 3D Design.
“The skills we hope to develop in students are software skills, business management skills, communication and technical skills as well as equipment knowledge. The only way to learn is through experience. If students don’t see it, they don’t know it,” he said.
UCSI IChemE Student Chapter representatives were also present at the event. They elaborated on the many site visits that were conducted to Yakult, Top Glove and other top companies where they got to apply what they learnt in their studies with reality.
Their aim, collectively, was to develop chemical engineering skills and knowledge through training, events and publications.
The event continued with a series of talks by various companies present. FESTO sales engineer Mohd Azhar Abas talked about training and consultancy where the focus was on people and technology equals productivity.
The courses offered are Fundamentals of Pneumatics, Digitalisation in Electropneumatics and Mechatronics for Beginners. Also included in the talk was the application of pneumatics in the industry where the features and benefits were automation-relevant technologies, practical knowledge transfer and practical training.
The talk ended with an automation video clip where pneumatics was highlighted as opposed to hydraulics. Some applications were innovative products such as those used to test durability of furniture, lifting products, bending devices and in animation.
Fatin Ahmad, representing Siemens Malaysia also gave a presentation where she emphasised the future of automation which is essentially artificial intelligence. According to the, Siemens has the best of both worlds – automation and digitisation. Thus, the future will result in more flexibility, shorter time to market, increase in quality and efficiency and new business solutions.
The second day of the event continued with more speakers from participating companies such as CAD Vision, Schneider Electrics, Techsource and Open Mind. The event ended with a drone demonstration by Herford.
The students who attended UCSI’s Engineering Day 2019 left with additional knowledge and information in the field itself and were enlightened by the demonstrations and talks by the reputable companies at the event.
For UCSI University, the purpose of the event was achieved. There was a bridge built between the university and the industry; one that promised to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise in Engineering gearing towards IR 4.0.