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AFIT INAGURATES FIRST BATCH OF FITTER MACHINIST COURSE 001/2017
The Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna, has inaugurated the first batch of the Fitter Machinist Course 001/2017 to address the existing gap that hinders the smooth running of the Nigerian Air Force aircraft maintenance particularly in the fabrication of parts.
The commandant of the institute Air Vice Marshal Isyaka Bukar while welcoming the participants of FMC 001/2017 said it is gratifying that the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force had initiated the fitters mechanist course to enhance the students’ knowledge in the areas of welding, molding, drilling among others which is the bedrock of mechanical engineering. He further urged the students to put all their best to learn among themselves and from their instructors so that they can be proficient with the knowledge they will gain from the course.
The acting HOD of Mechanical and Aerospace Ground Engineering Department (MAGED) Squadron Leader MN Okpani stated that over the years Nigerian Air Force has spent considerable amount of money in purchase of aerospace spare parts which could be easily fabricated locally with available manpower. The acting HOD also said that Nigerian Air Force has several machines like lethe, grinding, milling, drilling and shaping machines to name a few, but lacked trained technical manpower to operate them has made the machines redundant. And with current economic situation, an increase in prices of spares, the Nigerian Air Force need to look inward into the fabrication of some spares required for her aircraft and other aerospace related equipments. This necessitated the idea of the fitter machinist course in AFIT which is scheduled to last for 12 months.