Promis­ing fu­ture in avi­a­tion main­te­nance

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“IF you re­ally want to have a strong foun­da­tion for your ca­reer in avi­a­tion main­te­nance, the pro­grammes on of­fer at Ni­lai Univer­sity, which com­bine Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency ( EASA) me­chanic train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion with aca­demic study, can pro­vide a good start to your ca­reer,” said Paul Chun, vice pres­i­dent of KLM En­gine Ser­vices. He said that when he re­cently of­fi­ci­ated the sign­ing of an agree­ment by KLM UK En­gi­neer­ing ( KLM UKE) and Ni­lai Univer­sity for the pro­vi­sion of vir­tual learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment ( VLE) ma­te­rial and the con­duct of the Euro­pean Air Safety Au­thor­ity ( EASA) B1 an B2 ex­am­i­na­tions at Ni­lai Univer­sity.

Chun was re­fer­ring to the unique pack­age of air­craft main­te­nance pro­grammes on of­fer at Ni­lai Univer­sity that per­mits SPM hold­ers to com­plete a Diploma and Ad­vanced Diploma in Air­craft Main­te­nance in just three and a half years and with that also ob­tain EASA B1 and B2 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and a BSc ( Hons) in Air­craft Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing from Kingston Univer­sity, United King­dom.

“If you only want to be an air­craft me­chanic, then ob­tain­ing a diploma and EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will be suf­fi­cient. But if you want to move into up­per man­age­ment and su­per­vi­sory roles, hav­ing a de­gree will help. Also, much of the work is very com­plex. If you re­ally want to se­cure your fu­ture, then do both EASA and a de­gree. In terms of hir­ing peo­ple, I never hire new peo­ple for short term but in­stead look at how they can move for­ward in the in­dus­try,” said Chun.

“This is a boom in­dus­try. I have been in­volved in it for more than 35 years and it has been grow­ing, save for a dip in 2001. Over the next decade, the num­ber of com­mer­cial air­craft will grow by more than 40%, re­sult­ing in a great de­mand for air­craft main­te­nance en­gi­neers,” said Chun.

“The VLE is pro­vided in ad­di­tion to the nor­mal lec­tures, tu­to­ri­als and prac­ti­cal ses­sions that we al­ready of­fer. Com­bin­ing the VLE from KLM UKE with the ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties at Ni­lai Univer­sity will give our stu­dents an even bet­ter learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Prof Datuk Dr Sothi Racha­gan, vice- chan­cel­lor of Ni­lai Univer­sity.

Si­mon Rhodes, head of KLM UKE Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, is ef­fu­sive of the ben­e­fits of the VLE. “The VLE con­sists of course ma­te­ri­als, quizzes and fo­rums. Stu­dents will also be able to in­ter­act with KLM UKE in­struc­tors in the UK. So if they don’t un­der­stand any par­tic­u­lar part of a sub­ject or les­son, they can ask ques­tions. Our in­struc­tors will post tex­tual re­sponses or videos.

“A key ben­e­fit of the VLE is that it al­lows stu­dents to share knowl­edge among them­selves. They can ask each other ques­tions and this helps with their so­cial learn­ing and this is where the VLE be­comes re­ally pow­er­ful.

“The VLE is bro­ken down into chap­ters and there are quizzes at the end of each chap­ter. Stu­dents put in their an­swers and the VLE will in­di­cate if the an­swers are cor­rect or wrong, which al­lows self­assess­ment. Stu­dents can use fo­rums if they are not sure of a con­cept and post ques­tions for in­struc­tors who can help them un­der­stand their ma­te­ri­als bet­ter. Stu­dents can also post pic­tures and cre­ate their own learn­ing space.

“The VLE is pow­er­ful in the sense that it al­lows for so­cial learn­ing and tai­lors to a gen­er­a­tion that is used to us­ing so­cial me­dia plat­forms.”

Ni­lai Univer­sity launched its Diploma in Air­craft Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing in 2007 and ob­tained full ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA) in 2010 while the Ad­vanced Diploma in Air­craft En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy re­ceived MQA ac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2013.

It has sup­port from Kingston Univer­sity, which pro­vides ex­ter­nal as­ses­sors and ad­vi­sors. The in­sti­tu­tion is lo­cated just a 15- minute drive from Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port and is rated SE­TARA Tier 5: Ex­cel­lent by the MQA.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. ni­lai. edu. my or call 06- 850 2308.

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