My SEEES Industrial Tour Experience
The Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Students (SEEES) of the University of Ibadan-Nigeria, embarked upon a two-day industrial tour on Tuesday 26th November, 2019. The tour group comprised first year students, third year students and final year students, who formed the majority. It was a road trip from the University premises in Ibadan to Ikeja, Lagos state.
On getting to Lagos, we headed straight to the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Ikeja. We were received warmly by the NBC staff despite our late arrival which was due to traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. After a brief orientation, we were given personal protective apparel as part of the work safety conditions. The white coats and peculiar caps suddenly transformed our look to resemble excited chefs.
We were taken around the facility, including the production line where we were exposed to the bottling process of the Coca-Cola carbonated drinks. The production line is a high speed line which produces 15,000 bottles per hour. We were shown the plastic preform bottles which are heated in an oven and blown into the shapes and sizes for the various bottles. After this, labels are put on the bottles as well as their codes for production date, expiry date and batch number by laser printing. The blown bottles are then cut, rinsed with cool water, filled with syrup mix and CO2 as a preservative. Then the bottles are capped at terrific speeds and then left to settle for two hours.
The bottles are packaged with Vero packs and stored in their warehouses where quality assurance checks are repeated before they are sent for dispatch based on demand. After the enlightening tour, we had a question and answer session while cold drinks were served to all the students. Pictures were taken and souvenirs were distributed. This was a bright start for our industrial tour and not too long afterwards, we were all lodged into our hotel rooms. Dinner was purchased and served after which we had some time for feedback and games before we retired to bed.
The following morning, we set out to Gil Automations after a hearty breakfast. The Human Resources Manager received us warmly into their facility at Ikeja. We enjoyed various educative sessions initiated by the General Manager himself, who took out time to encourage us to be the best we could possibly be. At the end of his talk, the GM performed a short quiz with the promise of an internship offer to the successful student(s). Next, we were taken through the Quality Health Safety and Environment (QHSE) policy, plan and procedure of the company.
Then, we were given a general overview of the company and its lofty achievements in thirteen years of existence. We were also engaged by some younger staff including a graduate intern, a corp member and some students on internship. One of the students who shared very insightful tips from his experience at Gil Automations, is a member of SEEES and our very own President-elect, Precious. Each session was accompanied by questions and they were duly answered by those concerned. After an extensive tour, we left the facility with another set of souvenirs from the company.
Next stop was Ikeja City Mall area, where we had lunch and did a bit of window-shopping.
We left Lagos and arrived Ibadan around 6pm because the roads were thankfully traffic-free. On behalf of every student who took part in this tour, we would like to thank the Head of Department, Dr. I. A Kamil for granting us permission as well as Engr. O. O Olufajo, who was our patient and understanding chaperone. We would also like to appreciate the efforts of the Industrial Tour Planning Committee headed by Emmanuel Alimikhena and SEEES executives led by the President, Ebun Alabi for making our trip a terrific one. We look forward to the next Industrial tour!
~Folakemi Suulola, 500L