Center for Industrial Studies

The centre for Industrial studies is a service department for both the school of Engineering and other departments within the University. It consists of six sections namely: Research and Training section, Machine section, Fitting section, Welding and Fabrication section, wood-work section and Foundry section. The centre under takes the training of students in all sections in particular the use of machines and hand tools. The centre trains students in workshop practice ME214, ME225, AGR211, Students Work Experience Programme (SWEP) and the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). Limited numbers of students from other Institutions are also accepted for training in the centre on the SIWES Programme. The centre also facilitates student collaborations on Research/Postgraduate projects within and outside the University and these include, Industrial Design Department (IDD), Raw Materials Research Development Council (RMRDC), Steyr Company PLC (STEYR), Petroleum Trust Development Fund/Nigerian Institute of Welding (PTDF/NIW) and other linkages. The centre undertakes manufacture of simple machinery, farm implement, spare parts, office and class room furniture, farm structure and laboratory equipment. In so doing, the centre contributes to knowledge of the community and also cut cost or expenses in the university.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The centre undertakes collaborative research with various departments and other outside bodies e.g.

S/N

JOB DESCRIPTION

SERVICE DEPARTMENT

1.

WELDING Training and Certification Programme

PTDF/NIW Abuja

2.

Cassava Floor Drying Machine

National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Abuja (NASENI)

3.

Design and construction of Briquetting machine

Raw Material, Research Development Council (RMRDC) Abuja

4.

Design and construction of dewatered squeezer and motorize Briquetting machine

National Fresh water and fisheries Research Institute (NIFFRI) New Bussa

            STUDENTS MATTERS

(i)         Industrial Attachment

In the year 2016, 515 engineering students carried out the student work experience programme (SWEP), while 60 students carried out the student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES II) in the centre.

All students were engaged in fabrication of components, sheet working, foundry work and construction of furniture in the workshops. The students were from the following depqrtments:

  1. Department of Mechanical Engineering
  2. Department of Civil Engineering
  3. Department of Electrical Engineering
  4. Department of Agric and Bioresources Engineering
  5. Department of Chemical Engineering
  6. Department of Petroleum Engineering
  7. Department of Automobile Engineering
  8. Department of Computer and communication Engineering
  9. Department of Mechatronics Engineering
  10. Department of Geo Physics
  11. Department of Physics Education

ACHIVEMENTS

The centre undertook numerous constructional jobs and research work in addition to its routine training of students, in workshop practice.

SUMMARY OF MAJOR WORKS CARRIED OUT IN THE CENTRE

S/No.

DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT

COLLABORATIVE DEPARTMENT

1.

Construction of tables and stools for Engineering Conference room

Faculty of Engineering

2.

Construction of tables and chairs for Business Education Department

Faculty of Technology Education (VTE Dept.)

3.

Construction of E-Library tables and chairs

University Library.

4.

Construction of car park shade

Faculty of Engineering

5.

Construction of conference room tables and chairs

Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Conference Room

6.

Construction of drawing board and stools

Faculty of Environmental Technology (Department of Architecture)

7.

WELDING Training and Certification Programme

Collaboration with PTDF/NIW Abuja

8.

Construction of benches and tables

Remedial Studies Unit

9.

Rehabilitation of chairs and tables

Faculty of Engineering Technology

10.

Construction of Dissecting tables and stools

ATBU Medical college, Gombe State University and Federal University Dutse.

            TETFUND 2010 Intervention

In order to expand the activities of the centre, one more workshop block (woodwork and Fitting Sections) has been construted and put to use. Some staff offices were also constructed and have been occupied by staff.

The following new equipment were also acquired for the centre:

(a)        Welding and fabrication section

  1. MIG-MAG Welding machines 8Nos.
  2. Gullotine Direct drive 1500mm x 3.5mm electrical operator 1No
  3. Powered slips Rolls 4mm x 2.5mm 1No
  4. Hydrollic pipe bender 15tons with stand 1No
  5. Hand notcher 1.6mm capacity 1no
  6. Metal cutting band saw 300mm x 180 capacity 1no

(b)       Machine Section

Mini CNC Lathe 1No

  1. Mini CNC Milling Machine 1No
  2. Saw Cad-Cam 5Nos
  3. Laptops 3Nos Printer 1No
  4. Tools and cutter grinder 1No
  5. Power saw machine 1No
  6. Centre lathe Machine – Harrison – 300m 1No
  7. Centre lathe Machine – Harrison 350m - 2No

(c)        Wood work section

  1. Centre Lathe 1no
  2. Panel saw 1no
  3. Vacuum bag press system 1no
  4. Combination wood working machine 1no
  5. Radial arm saw 1no
  6. Surface planer 1no
  7. Spindle moulder with cutter set 1no
  8. Combination disc and belt slander 1no
  9. Semi automatic boring machine with 3 heads 1no
  10. Electric jig saw 8no
  11. Pedestrial drilling machine with variable speed 25mm capacity 1No

(d)       Fitting section

  1. Heavy duty work benches 20nos
  2. Vernier height gauge (20”) 5nos             
  3. Venier height gauge (24”) 5nos               
  4. Vernier height gauge (40”) 1no               
  5. Precission venier caliper 5nos
  6. Digital venier caliper 5nos
  7. Digital outside micro meter 0.25mm x 0.001mm 5nos
  8. Venier depth gauge 300mm 5nos
  9. Digital depth gauge 5nos
  10. Pedestrial drilling machine 1no
  11. Hydraulic press 50tons 1No

(e)        Foundry Section

  1. Crucible furnace 1no
  2. Sieve shaker 1no
  3. Black smiths forge 1no

            INDSUSTRIAL TRAINING COORDINATION

The Students’ Industrial training for the entire University is overseen by the Director, Centre for Industrial Studies with the help of the section heads. In the Faculty of Engineering, there are three levels of industrial training

S/No.

Type of Industrial Training

Level

Duration

1.

Students Work Experience Programme (SWEP) conducted in the University

After completion of 200 level

8 – 10 weeks

2.

Students Industrial Experience Scheme (SIWES I)

After completion of 300 Level

8 – 12 weeks

3.

(SIWES II) SUPERVISED AND FUNDED BY Industrial training fund

After completion of 1st semester 400 level

6 months


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