ITE and Tower Transit partner to inspire future automotive engineers
Students from the Institute of Technical Education’s College West have had an unusual new classroom – Bulim Bus Depot.
The 10-hectare depot, which is owned by Tower Transit Singapore, has been hosting 40 students since January 10.
Until February 8, the students – who are in the second year of a National ITE Certificate in Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles) – will be immersed in every aspect of Tower Transit Singapore’s engineering operations, and get a first-hand look at the inner workings of Bulim Bus Depot’s large-scale engineering facility.
The facility is home to the only workshop in Southeast Asia to be accredited by the UK’s Institute of Road Transport Engineers, a mark of excellence for workshops that comply with industry best practices.
The Industry Immersion Programme is the first of its kind for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), and aims to inspire the students to pursue automotive engineering as a career.
“A skilled, well-rounded vehicle technician is a rare and valuable find. In fact, it’s been one of the hardest jobs to fill at Tower Transit Singapore. Our strategy has been to invest in teachable young technicians by putting them through rigorous training under accomplished, award-winning mentors, and giving them professional certifications,” said Mark Hegarty, Head of Engineering, Tower Transit Singapore.
“This first Industry Immersion Programme with ITE College West aligns perfectly with our efforts to raise the bar and develop the industry, but on a national level. It’s a privilege to have a direct hand in shaping the next generation of vehicle technicians,” he added.
“[The Industry Immersion Programme with Tower Transit] is an unparalleled opportunity to bring real-world context and application to [the students’] learning. The industry is being shaped by new technology which is creating new job opportunities,” said Choo Poh Ling, Course Manager, Automotive Engineering, ITE College West.