The American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) fosters well-rounded education by bridging academic knowledge with real-world experiences. On 12th October 2023; in collaboration with the IEOM AIUB Student Chapter, the Faculty of Engineering (FE) organized an insightful study visit to the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF). This visit welcomed participants from different engineering departments – IPE, EEE, and CoE – to gain hands-on insights into the manufacturing world. The faculty members supervising the students were Dr. Muhibul Haque Bhuyan (Professor, EEE), Dr. Md. Hasan Imam (Associate Professor, CoE), Mr. Mohammad Khurshed Alam (Assistant Professor, EEE) and Ms. Nowshin Alam (Assistant Professor, EEE).
The Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) is a state-owned industrial enterprise founded in 1979 with a mission to manufacture machine tools, equipment, and defense-related items, reducing the nation's dependence on imported machinery. BMTF plays a vital role in supporting the industrial and defense sectors by producing a wide range of products, including agricultural machinery, and spare parts for various industries. As a government-owned entity, BMTF is integral to Bangladesh's industrial and technological development, contributing to the country's self-sufficiency and national security goals while promoting domestic manufacturing.
The day commenced with a warm welcome from the BMTF team, who provided participants with a hearty breakfast, setting a hospitable tone for the visit. A comprehensive overview of BMTF was presented through a well-prepared presentation and an engaging video. The presentation highlighted BMTF's history, mission, and diverse product offerings. The video provided an inside look at the factory's manufacturing processes. A question-and-answer session followed, enabling participants to clarify doubts and delve deeper into their inquiries. BMTF's experts offered valuable insights.
This visit demonstrated the vital role practical knowledge plays in complementing academic learning. It illustrated how theoretical concepts studied in classrooms are applied in the real world. The visit not only enriched participants' understanding of manufacturing but also unveiled the vast career opportunities within the industry, emphasizing that engineering extends beyond textbooks and classrooms, requiring hands-on experience. The goal of this event was in perfect harmony with the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring quality education (SDG 4), Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (SDG 9) and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12).
This industrial visit to BMTF provided participants with significant knowledge, inspiring them to further explore the dynamic world of manufacturing and engineering. It exemplifies AIUB's commitment to holistic education, bridging the gap between academia and industry.