In a demonstration of practical engineering skills and community service, the three-week Students’ Work Experience Programme (SWEP) of the 200-level Engineering students of Landmark University culminated in a remarkable road repair and maintenance project conducted on one of the major roads in the University’s host community, Omu-Aran on Friday, November 17, 2023.
Led by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Professor Emmanuel Ajisegiri, the team comprised Heads of Departments in the College, SWEP Coordinators, faculty members, technologists, and the 200-level engineering students.
As a pivotal element in the training of Landmark University’s engineering students, SWEP provides them with a foundational practical exposure opportunity, complementing theoretical teachings that shape the core of an engineering degree. The active involvement of students in every step generated palpable excitement, as they not only learned the technicalities of road repair but also actively contributed to enhancing their immediate community. The hands-on experience of operating machinery like the road compactor left a lasting impression on the students, fostering a deeper understanding of practical engineering applications.
Other tools and materials utilized during the project include diggers, shovels, wheelbarrows, tar, bitumen, stone dust, water, melting tanks, and firewood. The process involved digging and clearing the spots, applying tar and stone dust, and pouring hot bitumen, followed by compaction and water spraying to ensure a smooth, drivable surface.
The successful execution of the road repair project as part of the SWEP not only reflects the University’s commitment to producing skilled manpower with the requisite knowledge to address societal challenges but also validates its dedication to holistic education, bridging the gap between theoretical learning and real-world application for its students.