|WAITRO-ISESCO Research Fellowship Programme in the field of NDT Ultrasonic Testing and Evaluation|
The WAITRO-ISESCO Research Fellowship Programme in the field of NDT Ultrasonic Testing and Evaluation is a collaboration programme among three organisations namely, the World Association of Industrial and Technological Organizations (WAITRO), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and SIRIM Berhad, Malaysia. The Fellowship Programme in the field of NDT Ultrasonic Testing and Evaluation was carried out at SIRIM Berhad, Shah Alam, Malaysia from May 19 – June 27, 2014.
The objectives of the fellowship programme were:
I. to equip the participants with the skills, competent and knowledge in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) before commencing work in the respective institutions, industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, etc.;
II. to facilitate the participants to smooth entry of the first working life in the NDT community and its related industries;
III. to enhance the knowledge of participants in understanding the NDT principles and its applications; and
IV. to certify professional NDT to Ultrasonic Level 2 (Direct Access) in accordance to ISO 9712: 2012 Non-destructive testing - Qualification and certification of NDT personnel (which is equivalent to AS 3998).
The Fellowship Programme received 40 applications from 12 countries from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Candidates were evaluated and selected according to several criteria, including qualification, relevant experiences, and potential for future development. The Selection Committee selected eight candidates to receive the Fellowship Scholarship.
The Opening Ceremony on May 19, 2014 was officiated by Dr. Alibaba Babayev, Programme Specialist at the Directorate of External Relations and Cooperation of ISESCO. Dr. Rohani Hashim, Secretary-General of WAITRO and Dr. Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusof, President and Chief Executive of SIRIM Berhad were also present to deliver speeches during the Opening Ceremony.
This programme has enabled WAITRO and ISESCO, through SIRIM Standards Technology Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SIRIM Berhad, to assist in preparing the participants to take the NDT Ultrasonic level 2 (Direct Access) Certification and Qualification examination. The Certification Body (Department of Skills Development) is accredited to ISO 17024 by the Department of Standards Malaysia and this Certification & Qualification scheme is in accordance to ISO9712 which is adopted by all European Union Member States, Australia and members of the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT) in Qualification and Certification of Personnel in NDT. Professionals who qualify are highly regarded and sought after throughout the NDT industry because the certification attests to a highly documented level of skills, competency and expertise.
The programme training modules consisted both theoretical and practical classes on NDT Ultrasonic level 2 (Direct Access). Lectures in class were strengthened through practical sessions with additional industrial visits and attending an NDT Conference. During the final week, the participants presented their country papers, results of their activities and proposal for potential project realisation in their institution. After five weeks of workshop and training, the fellowship participants sat for the professional NDT to Ultrasonic Level 2 (Direct Access) examination.
The result of the examination is estimated to be announced by the third week of July 2014.
The Closing and Certificate of Attendance Presentation Ceremony was held on June 27, 2014. Present at the ceremony were Dr. Rohani Hashim, Mr. Azim Ng Abdullah, the Vice President of Technical Service Division, SIRIM Berhad and Mr. Abdul Jalil Baharuddin, the Chief Operating Officer of SIRIM Standards Technology Sdn. Bhd.
The collaboration between WAITRO, ISESCO and SIRIM Berhad to hold this Research Fellowship Programme for the young is an excellent effort to increase the capability in sciences and technology in developing member countries of WAITRO and OIC.