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Wayne Maycock of SJPI (left) accepts his certificate from Sheron Waithe, Operations Manager, Megapower.


The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) is set to make several new technology programmes available at the start of the upcoming academic year in August.

That’s according to Principal of the SJPI, Ian Drakes. He made the disclosure during a ceremony at the SJPI earlier this week, to present certificates to the participants of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) International Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

The course trained 12 participants drawn from the staff of the SJPI, the Barbados Community College, the University of the West Indies and a number of industry partners, who will in turn transfer that knowledge to students studying the repair of hybrid/electric vehicles.

“This year we are rolling out the technologies – the hybrid electrics, drone technologies in automation, robotics, 3D printing, 3D body scanning and we will continue with our CNC, which is our computer numeric machining as well. These technologies are going to be disruptive, positive disruption – SJPI will be rolling out the technologies and we are working with our partners. We are working with the UWI, we will work with Courtesy [Garage], we will work with the Barbados Light and Power, we will work with…the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources,” he said.

Speaking to the media after the event, Drakes said that training has already begun in three areas – hybrid electrics, 3D printing and 3D body printing – on a pilot basis, while adding that the
equipment for these programmes has also already been purchased and is in operation.

His comments came as he said that in the area of hybrid electrics, the intention is to offer this course as part of their evening programme, so that existing mechanics can also have the opportunity to hone their skills in that field.

“What we are doing is that we are piloting the hybrid electrics, we have a third year group in advanced auto mechanics and they are doing piloting as it relates to that... So by August 17, 2020 we are looking to roll out these new programmes,” he stated.

Drakes added that all the background work has been completed and the curriculum for all the programmes have already been finalised. Particularly as it relates to the repair of hybrid and electric vehicles, he said the Institute is also looking to do its part in helping to convert the diesel powered Transport Board buses to electric.

Turning his attention to drone technology, the principal said they are working in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank on this initiative. He said there will be international
scientists at the campus engaging students on the topic and the possible career paths.

“... We are going to be showing the students the relationship with drones. It is not just a toy, it is there for research, it is there for development,” he stressed.

Drakes said these programmes are part of the overall effort to modernise and transform the SJPI and as such, he indicated that various labs and classrooms are being refurbished to meet their growing needs.

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