Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) launches its Resource (and Training) Centre in Rawang

Minister of MITI, Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed (middle) with Dato' Madani Sahari, CEO of MAI (left)

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) had launched their Resource Centre (MAIRC) over in Bukit Beruntung, Rawang sometime last week. The centre, which was established in partnership with Perodua, Proton and vendors Suria Component SDN. BHD., SIPRO Plastics SDN. BHD. and PHN Industry SDN. BHD. The launching of MAI Resource Centre was officiated by YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, the Minister of International Trade and Industry, on the 24th of January 2017. MAIRC as the focal point for all MAI capacity building programmes.


What this centre will provide are the automotive industry required skills & capacity building programmes across all levels from school leavers to undergraduates. Upon completion of these programmes, the participants will be offered employment and add to the 27,000 new jobs that MAI is forecasting for 2017. This is 27,000 new jobs that allows Malaysians a chance to earn some monthly wages..

Inside the centre are the latest industrial grade equipment which is used in the automotive industry. This includes a hybrid vehicle trainer (seen in the photo above - note internal combustion engine to the left, electric motor to the right), toolings, and assembly jigs. All of which will be utilised in the training programmes.

The MAI Resource centre is also a technology commercialization centre to undertake technology transfer, validation and adoption of automation practices. The electric bus homologation, robotic programming and 3D printing capabilities are some of the technologies commercialization activities being undertaken at the MAI Resource Centre. It is not only individuals that benefit, but also companies that are heavily involved in the Malaysian automotive sector. Sometimes, with government assistance (MAI is the arm of the MITI, ie. Ministry of International Trade and Industry) and a bit of hand holding, things get done. Especially if it comes to nurturing local vendors.

PRESS RELEASE
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) forecasts 27,000 new jobs will be created in the

manufacturing sector of the automotive industry for the year 2017. In addition, MAI also forecasts

25,000 new jobs will be created in the aftermarket sector of the automotive industry.

To ensure that the expected skills and knowledge of these jobs are met, MAI provides capacity building

programmes across all levels from school leavers to undergraduates whom, upon completion of these

programmes, will be offered employment. These programmes include:-

1. Industry-Led Professional Certificate (IPC) – a program for SPM leavers to produce skilled

workers and technicians through specific modules and on-the-job training, for a duration of 6

months

2. Automotive Industry Certification Engineering (AICE) – a programme for fresh graduates in

STEM degrees to jump start their careers in the industry through a syllabus that tailors them

to be immediately employable in the automotive industry, for a duration of 8 months

3. MAI Graduate Apprenticeship – a programme for undergraduate students of STEM degrees

which exposes them to the automotive industry from the 1st year of study until their

graduation.

MAI also conducts capacity building programmes for the current employees in the automotive

industry. Participating companies that send their employees to these programmes record an average

increase in productivity by 24%. These programmes include:-

1. Digital Engineering and Prototyping (DEP) – a programme for current engineers to enhance

their design and engineering capabilities, for a duration of 3 months

2. Lean Production System (LPS) – a program for all levels of employment to enhance the

productivity of their manufacturing operations, for a duration of 9 months

3. Customised programmes – a programme for all levels of employment to enhance specific

areas of a company, for a duration of 3 months.

In order to enhance further the above capacity building programmes, MAI in partnership with

Perodua, Proton and vendors Suria Component SDN. BHD., SIPRO Plastics SDN. BHD. and PHN Industry

SDN. BHD. have established the MAI Resource Centre located in Bukit Beruntung. The MAI Resource

Centre lies on the site of an old factory, but has been transformed into a training centre that houses

industrial grade equipment including a hybrid vehicle trainer, toolings, and assembly jigs.

The MAI Resource centre is also a technology commercialization centre to undertake technology

transfer, validation and adoption of automation practices. The electric bus homologation, robotic

programming and 3D printing capabilities are some of the technologies commercialization activities

being undertaken at the MAI Resource Centre.

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