Nilai University Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student shares his OJT experience at Air Asia X

On-The-Job-Training (OJT) at Air Asia X

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Having hands on training with a well respected industry partner is like obtaining a visa to a high flying career on a graduate’s employability passport. Hence, a six-month On-The-Job-Training (OJT) with industry partners is built into the syllabus of the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Nilai University (Nilai U).

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This is in addition to the practical experience that students attain working on two aircraft at Nilai University’s purpose built hangar.

However, it is the OJT which is the crucial bridge between theoretical lessons and the real working world.

“Although this is OJT, we are treated as part of the real ground crew who operating on live aircraft. This means we only have an hour to complete our tasks between the airplane landings and taking off. Within this critical interval we have to complete the assigned tasks, such as refueling, tyre changes and charges, and accumulator charge, among many other checkups,” reveals Jonathan Robert Cox.

He is one of the many Nilai University Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering students undergoing OJT at AirAsia X Sdn Bhd (AirAsia X) in the Low Cost Carrier Terminal, Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Since its establishment in 2007, AirAsia X has grown into Asia’s largest low-cost carrier and is one of Nilai U’s industry partners

Johnathan Robert Cox, a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Nilai University, at his OJT site, Air Asia X.

Johnathan Robert Cox, a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Nilai University, at his OJT site, Air Asia X.

. “Due to the rapid pace of our company, we expect students to be fast learners and voluntarily involved with the work. Logically, it is only reasonable that they learn to take some responsibilities on their shoulders,” explained Kusnizam Khusairi, Quality Assurance Inspector of AirAsia X.

He is part of them responsible team for the intake of trainees from Nilai University and other institutions.

“We believe that every student deserves a hands-on OJT. Our approach is to include the students as part of the real team.

This way they will have to adapt to the brisk working environment where precision is priority. We can’t afford any mistake because we are dealing with people’s lives.”

“The experience of working on live aircraft is priceless on a graduate’s résumé,” states Enawar Alias, a duty engineer in AirAsia X. “We have hired many Nilai University students in the past few years, some even before their graduation.

They are those who receive good reviews from their duty technician and engineer. A successful aircraft engineer is made up of these – solid knowledge foundation, curiosity, and meticulousness,” said the AirAsia X senior staff who is part of the interviewer panel for the airline company’s new employment.

Jonathan says the hands-on experience is invaluable and is what makes an individual in this field technically savvy. “Some

Nilai is the only university in Malaysia with its own hangar and planes

Nilai is the only university in Malaysia with its own hangar and planes

trainees get less opportunity to deal with the real-life challenges on-site in this industry, but here at AirAsia X, we essentially live the aircraft maintenance crew life,” he states matter-of-fact.

“The whole team is divided into four shifts with around 20 crews in each. There will be shift rotation for each will cover 12 hours of work.”

It is the ultimate dream for many of the young men and women in this field to become fully licensed aircraft maintenance engineers. Only a fully licensed engineer can certify a multi-million Ringgit aircraft airworthy.

Crucially, Nilai University’s Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering prepares students for the all-important European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) B1-1 examinations.

“My strategy after this is to get my license as soon as possible,” states Jonathan. He was referring to the passing of the EASA exams and getting the five years’ work experience necessary for him to get his EASA license. However, the 21-year-old Sarawakian has not dismissed the idea of furthering his studies. “I am also considering to further my studies to Nilai University’s Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Engineering since successful graduates will also receive a BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University, United Kingdom,” says Jonathan.

Qualified & Experienced lecturers teach at Nilai University's Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Courses

Qualified & Experienced lecturers teach at Nilai University’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Courses

But for the moment he is busy absorbing the valuable lessons of his OJT alongside many of his Nilai U peers. “This is a dream come true for me as I have always been fascinated by planes since an early age. Getting to work in a field which I have a deep passion for is absolutely fantastic,” he exhorts.

Kingston University, UK has recognised that the syllabi of Nilai U’s Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Engineering programmes is similar to its degree programme.

Once candidates successfully complete both Nilai U programmes and the relevant bridging modules, they will be awarded an internationally-recognised BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University, UK. They will also have the option of pursuing a Masters in Aircraft Engineering at Kingston University.

Study at Nilai University in Malaysia

Nilai University's 105-acre campus is conducive for tertiary studies.

Nilai University’s 105-acre campus is conducive for tertiary studies.

Founded in 1996, Nilai University offers you the total student experience at their 105- acre campus which is ensconced in lush greenery, providing you with a peaceful environment ideal for your studies.

In 1998, with full infrastructure in place, the University opened its doors, offering homegrown diploma programmes in the areas of Business, Information Technology, Engineering and Hospitality. In addition, the University, as one of the first institutions approved to run 3+0 programmes, offered students an opportunity to be awarded internationally recognised degrees, without leaving Malaysian shores.

The University’s dedication and commitment was given due recognition when it won the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Industry Excellence Award (Services) in 2003.

Nilai University, has been given a ranking of 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 &  2011 by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

Since the turn of the century, the University has developed other programmes rooted in traditional academic fields, as well as those innovative and new to the Malaysian academic landscape such as the Aircraft Maintenance and Automotive Engineering programmes. In addition to undergraduate programmes, the university has added a number of Master degree programmes to its offerings.

Top notch facilities at Nilai University

Nilai University Library

Nilai University Library

Lecture Theatres

The university has four air-conditioned auditorium-sized lecture theatres; two 250-seater and two 150-seater halls fully equipped with the latest teaching facilities.

Auditoriums

There are two 200-seater auditoriums where students attend conferences, seminars and lectures.

Classrooms

Nilai University has air-conditioned, AV-equipped classrooms and tutorial rooms with an average classroom lecturer to student ratio of 1:25 to ensure personal attention.

Common Study Rooms

These are air-conditioned rooms equipped for you to do your coursework in between classes. You may use your laptop here as it is a Wi-Fi spot and is also equipped with electrical points.

Library

Nilai University Lecture Hall

Nilai University Lecture Hall

Occupying the entire fifth floor of our Resource Centre, the 1,600m2 library is perhaps the perfect place on-campus to get the best view of the lush green surrounding. It is a complete research and study facility with a wide selection of books, periodicals, journal publications and access to the best online resources. Internet access is also available.

Multimedia and Language Laboratories

The multimedia and language labs are equipped with the latest language learning facilities along with other essential audio-visual equipment.

Hospitality Building

The on-campus Hospitality Building is where students studying hospitality acquire hands-on training with state-of-the-

art facilities that rival renowned hotels. We have the finest hospitality training facilities in the industry which includes Western, Asian, Cold, Pastry and Bakery kitchens, a 100-seater training restaurant, a bar and a 5-star mock hotel room and front office reception.

Nilai University Tennis Court

Nilai University Tennis Court

Indoor Sports Complex (Game Courts and Gym)

The President hall is a purpose-built sports complex that houses a fully-equipped gymnasium and indoor courts. The hall is also used for extra-curricular activities such as dance, yoga, aerobic etc classes. Besides this, it serves as a venue for the university graduation ceremony and events such as Talent Nights, Dance and Drama competitions and many more.

Outdoor Game Courts

There are numerous outdoor courts for tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball etc spread over Nilai University’s 105-acre campus. There are also ample lawns for you to enjoy a game of Frisbee or any other sport you fancy. Street soccer and cricket are some of the latest additions to the list of game facilities available on campus.

4-in-1 court at Nilai University's 105-acre campus

4-in-1 court at Nilai University’s 105-acre campus

Lakeside Jogging Track

Nilai U is one of the few universities with a lakeside jogging track. It’s the perfect venue for a barbeque and games.

Golfing and Swimming

Which other campus allows you to enjoy a 27-hole golf game and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. At Nilai U, enjoy these facilities at Nilai University’s sister-company Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club which is just 5-minutes away. (Free shuttle service provided).

Food Court

Food on campus is never a problem. Get your breakfasts, lunches right up to your midnight snacks at our 1,000-seat food court. A wholesome and affordable range of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western food are available here.

Computer lab at Nilai University

Computer lab at Nilai University

Cafeteria

A trendy and modern café which serves a variety of pastry, cakes, breads and sandwiches. It’s a popular place to chill out after a long day of classes with a game of pool or foosball whilst enjoying some MTV.

Shuttle Bus Service

Daily service timetable to key student destinations such as Komuter (train) station, Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club and the off-campus accommodation.

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