LT CDR SO EJOGWU
Commanding Officer – Automobile Engineering School
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The Automobile Engineering School (AES) is one of the 8 specialist schools in the NNEC, established to provide skilled automobile mechanics to carter for the efficient maintenance of the NN fleet of vehicles. The School is equipped with relevant training aids and facilities to ensure adequate learning and impartation of practical knowledge to the trainees. Since inception, the School has successfully trained a good number of Automobile Mechanics for the NN.
PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATION:The AES presently has a mixed of staff comprising officers, ratings, senior rates, civilian staff and some retired personnel. Majority of the staff are utilized for instructional duties, while some undertake classroom lectures, others are utilized for practical training at the Automobile Workshop. In terms of trainees, the School currently has 68 Under Training Ratings (UTRs) comprising 17 UTRs of AMC-23 (Final Year) and 15 UTRs of AMC-24 (Year 3) who are presently on a one-year Industrial Attachment at the Armed Forces Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (AFEME) Workshop, also known as Mechatronics School in Abuja. The other UTRs include 15 Trainees of AMC-25 (Year 2) and 16 Trainees of AMC-26 (Year 1).
For effective administration, the AES is headed by the Commanding Officer (CO) who is responsible to the Commandant through the Deputy Commandant for the day to day running of the School. A Chief Instructor (CI) is appointed to assist the CO in coordinating the daily affairs of the school’s training programme and administration. The Head of Department (HOD) on the other hand, is a Civilian Staff of requisite qualification who is responsible to the CO for the coordination of all academic activities. Other members of staff and instructors are responsible to the CO through the CI for the daily supervision of training activities.
TRAINING ACTIVITIES: The AES conducts the regular Artificer training for Ratings of Automobile Mechanic Department in the NN. The training covers several courses such as Basic Automobile Courses, Advanced Automobile Technology, Automobile Body/Chassis courses, Auto electricity and basic auto circuitry amongst others. Additionally, the School is equipped with various practical models and trainers to enhance practical training. Practical training is equally conducted at the College Automobile Workshop from time to time to consolidate the knowledge gained by the trainees from classroom lectures. The CI doubles as the Workshop Officer while a senior civilian staff is appointed as the workshop supervisor.
To further consolidate the practical knowledge of the trainees, UTRs in their third year are sent for a one-year Industrial Training at AFEME workshop in Abuja. Presently, 15 UTRs of AMC-24 are at the AFEME Workshop undergoing training. Additionally, it is gladdening to state that the School has been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the award of National Diploma (ND) in Mechanical Engineering and efforts put in place to accredit the School for the award of Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering (Automobile Option). On completion of the accreditation process, the NN authority plans to open the School for civil populace in the nearest future.