Sarawak Metro engineers, apprentices complete industrial attachment in China, boosting KUTS project expertise

The five engineers and apprentices from Sarawak Metro receiving their certificates upon the successful completion of their attachment in China.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 17: Five young engineers and apprentices from Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Metro) recently returned from a successful month-long industrial attachment at Fangda InnoTech Co. Ltd, Shenzhen, China.

In a media release today, Sarawak Metro emphasised that this initiative is part of its Socio-Economic Enhancement Development (SEED) programme, aimed at enhancing the procurement value of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project using autonomous rapid transit (ART).

Facilitated by the close collaboration with Sarawak Metro’s Systems Package 1 contractor, EPR Mobilus Global Rail JV Sdn Bhd (EMGJV), the attachment included engineers Muhammad Azri Abdul Wahed and Qhalief Sapawi from the System Assurance & Requirement Department, along with three apprentices, Syammil Mohd Ishak, Farid Hamizan Roslan, and Nur Nafisa Abdullah from Sarawak Metro’s Young Talent Programme (YTP). They completed their attachment on April 7, 2024.

Engineers and technicians conducting a thorough inspection of a local control panel following the completion of a dust resistance test.

Throughout the attachment, they received an overview of the Automated Platform Gate (APG) project and gained hands-on assembly experience.

Moreover, they were familiarised with various testing procedures, such as electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC), weather tightness, structural, maintenance demonstration, functional, and one-million cycle tests.

This comprehensive training not only equipped them with practical skills but also exposed them to industry-standard practices and the stages of testing and commissioning, empowering them to excel in their roles in supporting the operation of the KUTS project.

Sarawak Metro’s chief executive officer Ts Mazli Mustaffa stated that this industrial attachment marked another milestone in creating a pool of skilled manpower to manage the KUTS project.

“The SEED Programme is our initiative to prepare our young local talent for the needs of this new industry. This is our commitment to ensuring the success of this noble project, which aims to modernise public transport and ease traffic congestion in Greater Kuching,” he said, adding that more industrial attachments are in the pipeline.

Sarawak Metro and Fangda team pose for a photo after the APG Function and 1M Cycle Test.

EMGJV’s project director Mohd Asmadi Abdul Manaf expressed pride in the joint venture company’s role in transferring knowledge, which he considered as a continuous process in the collaboration with Sarawak Metro and its overseas suppliers.

“Definitely a milestone achieved. This attachment was a continuation from last year’s attachment with Global Rail in Selangor and the second attachment organised in China with the first being with CRRC MRT Holding Group Co Ltd’s facilities in Changsha last year, and recent one in Shenzhen, China.

“By cultivating their skills in this field, these young talents played a pivotal role in the testing and operating the prototype APG system for KUTS,” he said.

This year, Sarawak Metro is recruiting 20 more YTP apprentices, bringing the total number to 60 since its introduction three years ago. — DayakDaily