Assessment of Capacity Building Needs among Motor Vehicle Mechanics Trainers for the use of Auto scan tools
Published by (Nigerian Journal of Technology (NIJOTECH))
Authors: A.O. Ezeama, P.I. Obe and E.O. Ede. . Published October 01, 2016
The motor vehicle mechanics trainers’ are affected by the developments in the modern automobile technology (MAT) that brought about the use of auto scan tools for diagnosis and repair of modern vehicles in Nigeria. This study examined the capacity building needs among motor vehicle mechanics trainers in the use of auto scan tools. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The study was carried out in three institutions where motor vehicle mechanics trade is offered as automobile technology or automobile education, three centers where auto scan tools are used for vehicle repairs and two technical colleges in Enugu state that offer motor vehicle mechanics (MVM) trade. The population of the study consisted of eighty three (83) MVM trainers, teachers and instructors. The instrument which was structured on two types of response scale (perceived importance and expressed performance) to elicit information on the use of auto scan tool for diagnosing some vehicle systems faults. Data collected were analyzed using the mean and the improvement needed index (INI) to answer the research questions. Then t- test statistic was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05% level of significance. The study found out that MVM trainers need capacity building in the use of auto scan tools for vehicle systems diagnosis and repairs. The study recommended that workshop/seminars should be organized by centers like the National center for equipment maintenance and development, the National automotive council and so on to enable MVM trainers acquire the required skills to meet up with the training job facing them.
Investigation of poultry and piggery wastes for electricity generation using two configurations of microbial fuel cells.
Published by (International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research (IJSER))
Authors: B.B. Uzoejinwa, A.O. Ani, U.C. Abada, A.O. Ezeama, and J.E. Aleke. . Published August 08, 2016
The potentials of poultry and piggery wastes for electricity production in terms of current voltage and power generation using two different configurations of double chambered microbial fuel cells (MFC) under anaerobic aerobic conditions of the anode chambers has been investigated. The experimental result showed that a steady increase in current, voltage and power generation with peak values of 0.96mA, 1.22V and 1.12mW respectively.
Integration of Mechatronics and Autotronics in Technical Education for Greater Technological Innovation in Nigeria
Published by (International Technology Research Journal (INTERJ))
Authors: EZEAMA, Anthony O; OGUEJIOFOR, Victor I; UZOEJINWA, Benjamin B. . Published February 02, 2017
This paper has offered a viewpoint on the integration of mechatronics and autotronics in technical education for greater technological innovation in Nigeria. Mechatronics is an advanced engineering design approach in which there is a coordinated, concurrently developed, integration of mechanical engineering with electronics, intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products, and processes. Autotronics is simply automobile mechatronics. The automotive industry seems to be the most common, advanced innovative area of mechatronics application and need highly qualified workforce who are to be trained through technical education for revenue generation and job creation. As, science, technology, and engineering education are applied/advanced forms of technical education that brought about improvements in the automotive industry. Processes dictate that jobs and skills change, so too must the educational offerings change as teachers and students are expected to bring about the change. Hence vehicles of the future like the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will require ever more sophisticated technology, changing the skills demanded of auto designers, engineers and production workers in Nigeria, so the integration of modern technology is imperative and innovative. The curriculum of technical education should be reviewed to include all aspects of the modern automotive systems in order to offer enough skills needed to meet the challenges of maintenance in the sector. The review should be tripartite in nature to provide the theoretical information on mechatronics and autotronics at the level of technical education, provide recent precision demonstrators and simulators as device for learning of automobile technology, and practical applications of the mechatronics and autotronics tools in vehicle systems diagnosis.
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