Management of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) has taken delivery of 3 truck-loads of welding and fabrication equipment for its engineering department.
The equipment according to the management of the university forms part of government’s agenda to transform and equip technical universities across the country to deliver their mandate of producing the country’s top-notch technicians to handle industry needs.
In an interview with Citi News after receiving the items, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the university, Dr Frank Dwomoh indicated that the items will improve the delivery of the university in the area of training qualified and experienced technicians.
“We have just received 3 trucks full of welding and fabrication equipment from the Ministry of Education through the Council for Technical And Vocational Educational Training (COTVET) and this is part of the agenda of the government to equip technical universities including the Koforidua Technical University to train people to be technically skilled in the area of welding and fabrication”.
“The equipment are quite a lot and we are going to have more so that students can have the opportunity to get the necessary hands-on skills for the need of industry. We will create a lot of cubicles where students can have slots for the wielding practice. There are parts of other materials for testing which will help students to test the efficacy of items they have worked on, the quality of the welds and a laboratory will be created for that where the quality will be tested and also see the microstructure of the welding that has been done”.
He said that in the area of teaching and learning, these items will really help in the sense that “we have been teaching them without these equipment and most of our practical demonstration have been with few equipment. But from now, we will be able to match the theoretical lessons with practice. In this case, they will have more opportunities to try their hands on the equipment available to improve their understanding of the theories”.
Dr Frank Dwomoh also indicated that some faculty members will travel to China for hands-on training of the equipment as part of arrangements.
“Some of the lecturers will be going to China as part of arrangements to get hands-on training of these equipment at the company which manufactured the equipment”.