A group of Electrical Engineering students from the HCT-Sharjah Men’s campus (SJM) got out of the classroom and visited the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) facility in Al Wasit, where they were able to broaden their experiential learning experiences.
SEWA is one of the world’s most technologically advanced in generating electricity. It is financially and administratively independent entity, to distribute and generate electricity, water and (piped natural) gas to the nationals and residents of the Sharjah Emirate.
The SJM students, from the EGN 4023 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) courses, were accompanied by their course instructor Dr. Imdad Rizvi and were in high spirits at the thought of strengthening their course knowledge ‘in the field’.
The visit started with a safety briefing and a presentation on SEWA’s history, products, and contributions to UAE economic development. The presentations were followed by a tour of several workshops dedicated to Gas Turbine Power Plant Operation.
Mohamed Salman Mohamed Malalla Al Hammadi and Yousef Ahmed Yousef Mohammed Al Ahmed, both semester-7 students, said: “It was a great trip as it helped us to see the actual generation of Electricity and PLC control System. It was especially exciting to watch how the systems are controlled from Control Room of SEWA”
Salim Sultan Ali Humoudi Alketbi and Hasan Ali Abdulla Yousuf Albeshr, also semester-7 students, commented: “It was a fun experience for us. We want to thank our instructor and SEWA management for arranging this trip as it provided us an opportunity to see closely the usability of PLC in huge processes.”
Students and their instructor expressed their gratitude to SEWA management and staff for the guided tour of the facility and also for providing an exceptional opportunity to learn from real life manufacturing examples.
Dr. Imdad Rizvi thanked the HCT management and supporting staff for making this trip successful and memorable.