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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Specialised Engineering Training rolled out

EQUIPMENT: Postgraduate student Adriaan Broodryk creates a design on an interactive tablet at the Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre

The Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre (PLMCC) will ensure that CPUT students are equipped with the skills needed to grow South Africa’s industrial sector.

The Bellville based centre, which is one of five of its kind in the world and the only in Africa, has officially rolled out its first suite of specialised training courses.

EXCLUSIVE: The Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre is the only of its kind on the African continent

The centre trains engineering students how to use specialised computer software, which will allow them to become skilled in virtual product design, development and manufacturing.

Director of the centre, Prof Stephane Bouye says the training courses are suited to the needs of the various disciplines in the Engineering Faculty.

Bouye says they have also devised a course for students enrolled in the Industrial Design programme, which is offered by the Faculty of Informatics and Design.

“So far we have offered training to BTech and MTech Mechanical Engineering students. We have also trained some Industrial Design students,” he says.

The centre also recently trained a group of engineering students from Stellenbosch University.

Bouye says training is not limited to the CPUT community, but will be offered to students from other universities as well as to members of industry.

And when not training students, the centre’s staff members are lending their skills to a number of innovative projects.

Currently they are collaborating with the Adaptronic Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory and the Electrical Engineering Department on several projects.

The centre is a joint venture between CPUT, the French Ministry of Education, Dassault Systems and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and was launched last year.

For more information on the centre and the courses on offer, please contact: Program Coordinator: Michael Petersen at  or +27 21 959 6856

By Candes Keating

Written by CPUT News