Twenty-four Machinery Corporation of Guyana Ltd (MACORP) technicians
graduated Friday from a machinery and equipment training programme which will boost the entity’s qualified personnel while adding to country’s mechanic labour force.
The graduation ceremony was held at MACORP, Providence, East Bank Demerara. The course which spanned a period of 15 months saw the trainees being certified as technicians, while some were also given trophies for exceptional performances during the training.
Best graduating trainee was Roger Singh followed by Ronald Hilliman and Aziem Ali.
According to Singh, his desire to enter the mechanic field started six years ago when he saw a newspaper advertisement which motivated him to follow his passion.
“The first for me was to attend GTI (Government Technical Institute) where I got a technician diploma in mechanical engineering and then I applied the following year for the training programme,” Singh noted.
Underscoring that he has a background in heavy duty machinery, Singh said that his father owns trucks that he would normally maintain in every mechanical aspect.
“The course was easier for me, but I learnt a lot in the field of Caterpillar machinery, and I would apply myself to further develop in the mechanical engineering field. The road does not end here, for we need to continue to work hard and develop ourselves and become the best we can become.”
General Manager of MACORP, Jorge Medina, said technology is unfolding with greater complexities of demand and dedication for technicians, and as such, MACORP has launched training programmes to further develop the field in Guyana.
“This group is special, because it started with 24 trainees and everyone graduated. That shows that we selected the right people,” Medina reflected.
He told the graduating bunch that the journey has just started and it will be a continuous one filled with development which will benefit the nation as a whole.
“Every step will be one with a challenge since this is a part of the modern life, we cannot sit back and rest since others will surpass us, and these trainees have chosen one of the most beautiful careers since mechanics are essential for the modern world,” Medina explained.
Service Manager Andres Reyes said competitors are ever present and technicians must be prepared in all aspects if MACORP is to be a leader. He said safety is of utmost importance when carrying out various duties, while exceptional customer service is essential, thus technicians should strive to always find solutions to customers’ problems while giving optimum service.
“Communication with the customer is of utmost importance, and the customer should be advised on what was done along with various recommendations. Technicians should always be prepared not only on the job but in life,” Reyes noted.
Training officer Hugh Griffith told the gathering that 15 months ago 24 ambitious knowledge-seeking men were trained as heavy duty technicians who were chosen from across the national spectrum.
Griffith noted that the journey promised to change their lives and align them closer to their destiny.
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