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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (pictured second from right) looks over one of the engines at the newly installed Workshop Skills Laboratory the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) has just inaugurated.  The secretary, who led the launch last 23rd May 2018, along with MAAP president Eduardo Ma R Santos and Governing Board chairman Dr. Conrado Oca, got updates from Chief Engineer Cleto Del Rosario (pictured right), MAAP shipboard training director, on the academy’s latest facility and equipment.

The Workshop Skills laboratory is the first in the country that is most equipped with the requirement of CHED Memorandum Order 38, Series of 2016 Workshop Skills Training ashore in consonance with Chapter III of the 1978 STCW Convention as amended.  The lab has structured workshop skills training programme with equipment such as complete set of tools, refrigeration trainer, instrument panel tester with electrical measuring device, liquid level trainer, tank sounding simulation area, 2-stroke diesel engine, operational diesel engine with generator, duplex filter, heat exchangers, turbo charger, purifier, evaporator, emergency air compressor, engine-driven air compressor, disassembled combustion engine parts, various types of valves, pumps and high quality calibration instruments that can be utilised for training in dismantling, inspecting, repairing and reassembling in accordance with manuals and good engineering practice.  It is a combination of classical engineering studies and operation-oriented training that can provide the midshipmen the necessary knowledge and skills suited for modern marine vessels.  The Workshop Skills training programme is designed to combine with the 12-month seagoing service requirement to qualify for certification as Officer-in-Charge of an Engineering Watch in line with MAAP’s mission to provide quality education and training to its midshipmen. SF