“Nigeria’s ambition to become an industrialized nation is dependent on creative designers who can come up with new products, new concepts, innovative ideas that prove to be game changer.
The National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineer, Mrs Funmilade Akingbagbohu stated this at the Closing Ceremony of one week CAD Training and Development of Design Concept for Kwara Youths organized.
The training was organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Sponsored by the Kwara State Commissioner for Works and transportation, Engr Sulaiman Rotimi in Ilorin, the state capital.
Mrs Akingbagbohu noted that design engineers identify complex design problems, conduct root-cause failure analyses and anticipate production issues, develop innovative design solutions, evaluate options, conduct tests, and implement solutions to meet timing, product cost and reliability targets.
“Engineering is a practical course. the demand for engineers come with demand for their ability to showcase their potentials. many young engineers have graduated but do not have the skill or experience to compete in a system where experience is becoming the reason for their inability to break through.
“I am using this moment to implore Kwara State Government and parastatals to begin to give more young engineers opportunity to have internship at the Specialist MDAs and partnering private sector. Such internship can open a window of opportunities for many young engineers of Kwara Origin to acquire experience. The best performers among them can be retained to motivate the future participants.
“The economic impact of such approach to youth development is immeasurable. Our elders at Nigerian Society of Engineers and Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and other Divisions should put a process in motion to make this workable.
“Let us revive the pupillage. Even if you will not employ them after their internship, the experience acquired will be a gateway for many of them to find job opportunities in other industries.” She said
“Mrs Akingbagbohu also urged the participants to key to what they have been taught “The world is now on your palm, go and practice and become a master in the art. Do more with what you have been taught, expand your horizon and keep learning to stay abreast of the industry trend.” She said.
“To achieve success in your career, I recommend that you develop additional skills outside of technical knowledge. Nurture and develop your creativity in solving problems. Expand your analytical thinking capability. Have a habit of paying attention to details.
“Nurture time management skill and most importantly, learn to tap into power of teamwork. Do not forget to attend professional gatherings to build your network. NIMechE and NSE meetings are a must if you are serious about expanding your network among professional engineers.
“My dear young engineers, no matter what your current position, look out for opportunity and be prepared to grab it with two hands when it shows up at your door.” She added.
The sponsor, Engr Sulaiman Rotimi Iliasu, the Kwara State Commissioner for Works and transportation stressed the need to equip members, young and old with skills needed for them to elevate their status as professionals.
He added that the government would continue to champion the course their course in the state and urged the participants to make good use of what they have been taught and be a good ambassador.
Some of the beneficiaries also expressed gratitude for the skills they have acquired to their profession and pleadge to make good use of it.