Fourth Cohort of Piper Internship Programme leaves for the US

Five Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) students left the country for Florida, US on 14 March 2017 to begin their internship programme with Piper Aircraft, Inc. under the UTB Experience PLUS. This is the fourth cohort of the internship programme since the collaboration between UTB and Piper began in 2013.

The five students shortlisted for the Piper internship have excellent academic record in UTB and had undergone selection processes by UTB and Piper. The students are:

Lina 'Diyana @ Lina binti Maidin (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering)

Muhammad Amirul Fahmiin bin Abdullah (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering)

Soon Wei Fong (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering)

Awangku Muhammad Hafiz bin Pg Abd Karim (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering )

Nur Mazira Nasirah binti Najirahmat (Year 3, Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering)

UTB and Piper Aircraft, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the internship programme on 4 September 2013. Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida. A global force in aviation, Piper is an investment of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Brunei. The company offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainers and personal and business aircraft. Piper is also a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Under the MOU with Piper, selected students from UTB will undergo internship with Piper in Florida. This will provide industrial exposure to the students and enhance their practical and industrial experience as part of their undergraduate degree studies. The students will undergo a four-month structured internship programme under the supervision of Piper senior engineers with vast experience in aviation engineering.

In the first phase of the internship, the students will be exposed to the manufacturing methods and techniques utilized in the manufacture of general aviation airplanes, as well as the administrative process controls that are in place to support the manufacturing environment process.

In the second phase, students will be assigned to a functional engineering group within the engineering division of Piper. The students will be familiarized with industry and proprietary standards for design and drafting of aerospace hardware, with blueprint/drawing generation and proprietary process specifications.

In the final phase, students will be ready to generate general aviation aircraft designs utilizing manual drafting and CAD methods. They will work in a multifaceted technical team who will also be providing training in design for manufacturing and assembly.

UTB Experience PLUS programme provides a platform to extend students' experience beyond the walls of academia. It is structured into the University's four-year undergraduate programmes and provides opportunities for all undergraduate students to partake in work attachment in local or overseas institutions to enhance their experiential learning and facilitate the attainment of life skills. In order to participate in a fully-funded overseas internship, students must demonstrate a high standard of academic performance and be in the top 10% of the cohort.

Source: Universiti Teknologi Brunei

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