APU Students Gain Insights Into The World of Manufacturing at Canon Opto Malaysia
Valuable learning experience and valuable insights into manufacturing industry and career opportunities for APU students.
A group of 29 Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree students recently visited the Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The trip was part of the School of Marketing and Management’s (SoMM) industrial visit programme, which aims to expose students to real-world working situations so that they may blend classroom theories and knowledge.
Senior lecturers, Dr. Song Bee Lian and Dr. Tee Poh Kiong, chose Canon Opto because it is well-known for its EF lenses and optical lenses for digital cameras, and it employs over 1,500 people at its Hicom Industrial Estate facility.
“The trip aimed to provide an opportunity for APU students to see and experience real workstations, plants, machines, technologies, systems, assembly lines, and interact with highly trained and experienced personnel,” Dr. Song explained.
Dr. Tee continued, “The students learn about Canon Opto’s systems and policies in terms of production, quality, and environment management.
From left, Ms. Rohayu Sahit presented a souvenir to APU representative Dr. Tee Poh Kiong, who was accompanied by Dr. Song Bee Lian.
Ms. Rohayu Sahit, Canon Opto Manager, and her colleagues from the General Affairs and Security Department welcomed and introduced Canon Opto to APU lecturers and students.
The students were then taken on a tour of the facility, where they saw the Canon gallery, SMT metal processing plant, water treatment plant, and waste treatment facilities, as well as the processing of digital camera parts using state-of-the-art machinery and robotics.
The activities at the water treatment plant included water extraction from the ground and wastewater remediation for manufacturing use. The waste treatment facilities included chemical and decomposing daily food waste from the staff canteen to be recycled into fertile soil.
They learned about the different stages of production as well as the quality control methods in place. The students were also able to interact with Canon employees, who shared their insights into the world of manufacturing.
The students considered the visit to be highly informative and insightful, and they noticed that it improved their understanding of the manufacturing process and the challenges that manufacturers face, while also inspiring them with the enthusiasm and commitment of the Canon personnel.