Trainee Technician - Baduge Indrasiri case study

As part of our focus on engineering, we would like you to meet Baduge Indrasiri from Kegalle in Sri Lanka who studies at The Skills College of Technology, Nugegoda.

25 February 2015 / Be the first to comment

As part of our focus on engineering, we would like you to meet Baduge Indrasiri from Kegalle in Sri Lanka who studies at The Skills College of Technology, Nugegoda.

Baduge is 25, has achieved his Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (IVQ Level 3) and is currently studying towards his Advanced Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (IVQ Level 5).

With his first City & Guilds qualification, Baduge was able to get a job at the SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd, the agent for Land Rovers & Range Rovers in Sri Lanka as a Trainee Technician and he continues to work there part time whilst studying for his Advanced Diploma.

Baduge comes from a family of 4 and his mother is a nurse, his childhood dream was to become a Doctor however whilst he was studying, his physics lecturer saw huge potential in him and helped him progress in this area by providing additional classes in the evenings. It was during this time that he developed an interest in the field of Motor Vehicle Engineering, he then got a job at a local vehicle repair shop to help him finance his studies and gain expertise in dealing with vehicles.

Baduge chose to study for City & Guilds qualification to help him move up the career ladder and get a job internationally.

‘The City & Guilds qualifications are needed by both Sri Lankan companies and companies in other countries, they are important for good job opportunities with a good salary’

Baduge enjoyed his study and believes that the knowledge and practical skills he gained from his City & Guilds qualification has proved to be invaluable in helping him excel at his job and support himself and his family financially.

‘During my training at SML Frontier Automobile (Pvt) Ltd, I was working on a Land Rover defender model 300Tdi, I had to install the front crank oil seal. This has to be installed with extreme care and caution, failure to do so can result in oil leakages which will ruin the engine. In Sri Lanka this is done manually using various self developed methods as we do not have the necessary technology and tools, which is time consuming. I developed a method to use only two shaft sleeves and a crank bolt to install the front crank oil seal which does the same function as the new technology tools used in other countries. This proved to be extremely successful and is now the technique used by the company when installing the front crank oil sleeve’.

We were delighted that Baduge is one of our Medal for Excellence winners in 2015 and we wish him the best of luck for his future career - ‘My next step after the Advanced Diploma is to achieve a degree related to Mechanical Engineering’.

A big thanks to Baduge for sharing his experience, we will be featuring more learner stories over the coming weeks and would love you to get in touch if you’d like your story featured.

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