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GOLDEN RULES OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING Training is not only to know-how, but also to know- why

1. Be prepared before you leave Make sure you received the, training placement letter, daily diary, Agreement by NAITA before you go to the training place. 2. Your first day First impression should be OK Remember you can never make the first impression again. Hence go to correct person whom you have to report to, at the correct day at the correct time. Have a proper dress. Be prepared to introduce yourself, your training objectives and the date of the commencement and the end of your training.

Get to know exactly who your training supervisor, meet him. You may have to go to him not vice versa!

3. Safety Have a good idea about the basic safety rules and procedures of the company. About the essential safety gears at each working environment. Make sure you have received them or if not provide them by yourselves. Your safety should be your concern and your responsibility. Being a novice is not an excuse for the safety manager!

4. Better exposure At the first few days make sure you grasp as much as possible about the authority hierarchy, getting know people, be punctual and make a good impression to the whole staff. On the first few weeks you will find lot of contradictions what you learned from book and what is actually happening in the field. Do not go to comment unless otherwise you are really asked to do so. Learn from their mistakes. Try to think why are they doing it in that way? At the later stage of your training sometimes supervisor may ask you to come up with suggestions, proposals etc. there you can comment.

5. Documents works Make sure you have read and understand the each and every word in the booklet provided to you by NAITA. There are forms to be filled and to be sent as soon as you go to the training place; eg: about your training place etc.

Have your own tiny note book. (Bulky note books will not work in the field!!) Keep track of everything you do with short notes. Eg: If you do a blast what is the pattern, amount of explosive used. If u repair a machine what parts you replaced. Etc.

The notes you make will be helpful to you to fill the daily diary. Make sure you complete your diary at the end of each day; otherwise your life will be very hard if you miss several days. Your record book must reflect what you learned, not what you merely did. Hence have additional papers and describe what you learned, with diagrams flowcharts etc.

Make sure to send four weekly assessment records punctually. Training division is recording them! Make sure to keep photo copies of every document you post (either to university or NAITA etc.) make them register posted and keep the slip with you. This will be useful if they got misplaced in the mail. (That can happen!!)

6. Reporting in corporate environment If you are asked to come up with reports and proposals, make sure to be adapted to the format of the relevant company. Refer early reports. The reporting formats may be very much different than the university. When you are making a document to the company make sure it is up to the standard. Get advice from your training supervisor beforehand. Remember that you are reflecting yourself through the document.

7. Training report It is the main document work you have throughout the training period. You must start your report just after you go to training. Introduction about the company authority hierarchy (basically chapter 1) you can easily start may be after one week of your

training. At the ends of each week try to add something to your training report. Periodically you can review what you have written up to now (may be monthly basis). In this manner your training report will be smoothly developing without making a burden to you at the end. It will be really informative and successful and complete.

Whatever you do make sure you strongly adhere to the format given by the industrial training division. Captions (figures and tables) colour coding the final report etc. Make sure you read and understand the instruction given by train division on this regards.( Instructions regarding the report is annexed to the student handbook given by industrial training division)

8. Make relationships Training is not a matter of 24weeks. Your training supervisor, your mentor must be your lifelong friends. Try to make a professional relationship with them. Be enthusiastic about your training, understand the value of it, work hard, they will appreciate you.

9. Enjoy!!! Training time is one of most important time in a life of an engineer, it doesnt mean that you have to be deadly serious always. Participate to get-togethers and CSR projects and parties and get to know each others. But always remember that you are an engineering undergraduate and a trainee in the company; hence identify your limits.

10. Interview Be really prepared for the final interview by the university. Recall what you learned. Key figures etc. try to predict the questions by the panel and make yourself prepare to answer.

By, Poorna Kumarage Department of Earth Resources Engineering