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The Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit

 

The Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit (ITCGU) is responsible for arranging and supervising the Industrial Training programme and planning and organizing activities related to the development of employment prospects of the engineering undergraduates.
Industrial Training
 

Industrial Training forms a compulsory element of the undergraduate curriculum at the Faculty of Engineering. The ITCGU is responsible for arranging the Industrial training in liaison with the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA). Placements in the participating industries are arranged for undergraduates during their vacations at the end of first and third years of studies so that a minimum of six months of training in Industry is achieved. Training in the first year is of a general nature and the training in the third year is usually in the field of specialization chosen by the student.

Undergraduates are expected to acquire hands on experience not only of the engineering aspects of the work, but also of related matters such as administration, accounting, management, safety etc. Students have to maintain the daily diary during training and submit a comprehensive report covering each period. The assessment is done at an interview conducted by a panel consisting of a practicing engineer from the industry, an officer from NAITA, a lecturer from the relevant department and staff of the ITCGU. This is conducted in the second semester of the final year of studies. Every undergraduate has to successfully complete the Industrial Training Programme as a requirement to qualify for the B.Sc. Eng. degree.

The J.B.Dissanayake Prize for Industrial Training is awarded to the best student who has obtained the highest marks in the overall assessment.

Career Guidance
  The ITCGU is responsible for planning and organizing activities in guiding students for gainful employment prospects in the fields of engineering. Career guidance has been recognized as an important part of the education and training that the undergraduate has to be exposed to. The undergraduates are assisted by the ITCGU to select their future careers to suit their abilities, wishes and expectations. This is to be achieved by means of enhancing the undergraduates with the necessary attitude, motivation and the skills demanded by the engineering organizations both in the state and private sector. The ITCGU will liaise with these industrial sector establishments to organize capacity building sessions to develop the skills required for the present-day job market among undergraduates. These will include orientation of the undergraduates to develop the career-related skills such as communication skills, leadership and teamwork skills, managerial skills, marketing and entrepreneurial skills.

It will maintain links with these organizations and exchange information mutually benefiting both. The ITCGU collaborates with the Career Guidance Unit of the University of Peradeniya.

Senior Lecturer
  Eng. S.B. Wijekoon, BScEng Peradeniya, MEng Moratuwa, MBA Deakin, CEng, FIE SL, CPEng,CPEng, MICE London
Eng. W.R.M.U. Wickramasinghe, BScEng Peradeniya, PGDipIE OUSL, CEng SL, MIESL
Lecturer (Probationary)
  Eng. (Ms.) S.W.M.S.S.K. Wijeratne, BScEng Peradeniya, MSc Eng Peradeniya, AMIE SL
Engineering Teaching Assistant
  Eng. K.A.S.G. Rajakaruna, BScEng Peradeniya, AMIE SL
Management Committee
  Eng. W.R.M.U.Wickramasinghe, Director, ITCGU
Head/ Dept. of Production Engineering
Head/ Dept. of Civil Engineering
Mr. S.K. Senevirathna
Dr. J.V.Wijayakulasooriya
Prof. K.S. Walgama
Dr. M.Sandirigama
Eng. S.B. Wijekoon
Eng. J.M.J.C. Jayalath, Outside Member, National Water Supply and Drainage Board