BINTULU: Advance Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) Bintulu, which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, is all set to take its first batch of students by January next year.
Its director, Dr Ramli Rashidi, said that for a start, about 200 students would be admitted for the first intake and this would gradually increase to about 2,500 students by 2016.
“We are all set to offer engineering courses with dual certification namely; Malaysian Skills Diploma and Diploma of Engineering Technology which are accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency in six disciplines to our first batch of students by the first week of January next year,” Ramli told The Borneo Post at his office here yesterday.
He said the six courses offered were diploma in oil and gas, diploma in automotive, diploma in welding, diploma in electrical engineering, diploma in air-conditioning technology and diploma in mechatronics.
He said the centre already had 30 lecturers all ready to start work.
“Our target is to have at least 15 students per lecturer to ensure that we can produce skilled workers for our own market especially for the needs of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable energy (SCORE),” he said.
The centre was set up at a cost of RM162 million and an additional RM72 million for state-of-the-art equipment.
Ramli added that the centre was willing to collaborate with industry players to train their workers so as to improve their knowledge and productivity, without the need for them to be full-time students.
“This way we can train more skill-workers in a shorter period of time. This will definitely give flexibility to both students/workers as well as their respective employers,” Ramli said.
He also hoped that the government would recruit more qualified lecturers for the college (ADTEC) to produce top quality students.
Ramli also said the lecturers themselves had to continue improving their own skills so that they could improve their teaching methodology.
Ramli, who hails from Kampung Ajibah Abol in Kuching obtained his first degree in engineering from Brighton Polytechnic (UK) in 1988 and his PhD in Technical Vocational Education & Training from Universiti Tun Hussein Malaysia (UTHM) in collaboration with University of Bremen, Germany last year. He is the first Sarawakian to lead an ADTEC in the country.
There are eight ADTECs in the country and ADTEC Bintulu is the first one set up in East Malaysia.
The centre comes under the manpower department of the Ministry of Human Resource.
Meanwhile, three lecturers from three different states said that they were very enthusiastic about getting started next year and hoped that ADTEC Bintulu would one day become the best centre in the country.
Romales Ramli, 37, from Kuala Kedah, Kedah, heads the oil and gas dept, Wan Nor Maawa, 26 from Tumpat, Kelantan and Stevenson Gurumun, 32, from Sabah are automotive lecturers.
Entry to ADTEC Bintulu is SPM with credit in at least three subjects including BM, Mathematics and Science/Physics/technical subjects and a pass in English (MQA requirement) or SKM level 3 and a credit in at least one subject. -BP