KUCHING: The first graduation ceremony of the Certificate In Manufacturing Technology (Smelting) Programme aimed at developing a pool of skilled smelting talent in Sarawak was held at Promenade Hotel, Bintulu.
This programme were a collaboration between the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Faculty of Engineering and OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (OM Sarawak).
The graduation ceremony saw 12 operator-level employees from OM Sarawak awarded with certificates for successfully passing the programme.
A total of 63 course completion certificates were also presented to the executive level employees.
UNIMAS offers the certification programme in collaboration with OM Sarawak, as its support to the country’s aspiration for academia-industry linkages for academic engagement via curriculum as highlighted in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).
The Manufacturing Technology (Smelting) Certification programme was designed to equip the graduates with a strong background and skills required in advancing their careers in production, management and service relevant to furnace management.
The graduates were introduced to the fundamental of ferroalloys and smelting processes along with basic operational skills as well as safety awareness in industrial manufacturing processes.
The programme also aimed to reduce dependency on foreign skilled manpower in core furnace smelting skilled roles by developing a pool of skilled smelting talent in Sarawak
The programme is part of OM Sarawak’s initiative to upskill and elevate the competencies of local Sarawakian employees, enhancing career growth and income growth opportunities of local operators.
Managing director of OM Sarawak Chen Xiao Dong extended his gratitude towards UNIMAS for the successful collaboration and applauded the commitments of the graduates, who are pioneers of this programme in completing the seven-month courses and trainings.
He further emphasised on OM Sarawak’s unwavering commitment and dedication to upskill its workforce and urged more candidates to participate in the programme.
Chen hoped that the graduates of the programme would become specialists of ferroalloy production in the future.
UNIMAS assistant vice-chancellor (Leadership & Development) Professor Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman graced the ceremony and thanked all supporting partners, UNIMAS Business School (UBS) and OM Sarawak for their strong commitment to spearheading the basic smelting technology programme in Sarawak.
The ceremony was witnessed by Azmi Bujang, representing Minister for Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn; UNIMAS Faculty of Engineering dean Professor Ir Dr Siti Noor Linda Taib; and OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd managing director Chen Xiao Dong among others