JKUAT and PAUSTI Training on Laser Beam Welding Launched

Prof. Kinyua addresses the participants during the training

The School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering (SOMMME) at JKUAT in partnership with the Pan- African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) have launched a training for students on laser beam welding of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.

The training that commenced February 28, running until March 10, 2022, is borne out of the realization that technology in the manufacturing sector, especially in the area of welding is growing at an exponential pace, however, lack of skilled workforce to keep up with the technological advancement remains a major drawback in efforts to leverage the new technology.

Laser beam welding, a high precision welding process and a newly adopted process especially in the African continent, is one such avenue that skilled youth can tap into.

The ten(10) – day intensive course funded by the Arab Fund for Technical Assistance for African Countries (AFTAC), will provide junior scientists and engineers with comprehensive knowledge on the principles of laser beam systems, features and importance of laser beam welding process and laser-arc hybrid welding of different materials among other areas.

“The University has been in the forefront in producing highly qualified students in various areas and particularly in the engineering sector which to any country is a major driver in terms of infrastructural development,” said Prof. Robert Kinyua, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs.

Speaking during the launch of the training, Prof. Kinyua noted that the forum was a specialized kind of training intended to impart the participants with up to date critical skills that will be instrumental in coming up with possible solutions to challenges facing the continent.

He urged the participants to be focused to learn ensuring they grasp significant aspects of the training, noting the forum provided a good opportunity for the youth to push the continent forward.

Prof. Abdel-Monem explains some key points during the training

The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua said there is an increase in demand for professionals in the world of engineering emphasizing the importance of the training in taking the country forward in terms of materials processing.

On his part, the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu observed that the training will be an essential move in ensuring the local industries are able to access the international markets, stating, “This is a trade our own industries can adopt.”

The Acting Dean, SOMMME, Prof. Onesmus Muvengei thanked AFTAC for funding the programme saying the programme is of great importance in terms of building and improving the capacity to use laser beam in high capacity manufacturing among the junior scientist and engineers.

“This training is through the implementation of a Memorandum of understanding signed between JKUAT and Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI) as well as CMRDI and PAUSTI.

Prof. Muvengei said a total of sixty (60) trainees will undergo the training including key facets of the training facilitated by Pro. Abdel-Monem El-Batahgy, an expert in manufacturing technology from the Ministry of Scientific Research, CMRDI.

The Training participants and JKUAT management after the launch 

CMRDI is a national research institute based in Egypt. It is affiliated to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and its mission of the institute is to enhance the competitiveness of the Egyptian industry, while AFTAC coordinates and finances technical assistance programmes to African and Arab countries arranged by the League of Arab States and other Arab specialized agencies.

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