Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) moved their specialized training center DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) to its new premises at Kirindiwela Road, Weliweriya. Along with the opening of the relocated DATS centre, the 2016 Graduation Ceremony was conducted at the new premises. Ten students from Jaffna DATS and a batch of six female students from Colombo DATS graduated today. Mr Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman-DIMO), Mr Gahanath Pandithage (CEO-DIMO), Mr Jobst Ferber (GM – Technical Competency Development) and the General Management Committee of DIMO, ex-students, current students, graduates and their parents took part at the event. Mr Jobst Ferber also introduced the DIMO Technical Competency Center which consists of Vocational Education and Training (VET), Advanced Technical Training (ATT) and Consulting.
Having opened its doors to the nation’s youth in 1990, DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) is a modern training centre offering training programmes in partnership with Daimler AG of Germany. In 2010, DIMO’s commitment to vocational education led to the opening of DATS in Jaffna. During this period of 26 years, Daimler AG has supported DATS through their technical expertise, guidance and equipment. More than 400 students have passed out from both Colombo and Jaffna DATS training schools to date. DATS is equipped with modern facilities that provide a comfortable, spacious learning environment for all students. The facilities include 3 fully-equipped lecture rooms, a modern electronic lab, a large workshop for vehicle repairs, a large workshop for basic metal work training, special tools to repair Mercedes-Benz cars, high-quality basic hand tool sets, specific electronic diagnostic equipment for Mercedes models and common electronic diagnostic equipment for other brands such as TATA. The current courses available at DATS include the Vocational Education and Training (VET) that focuses on Automobile Mechatronics and the Advance Technical Training (ATT) which provides various courses in “Advance Technical Training”.
DATS training methodology is geared to transfer knowledge to the students in an efficient manner. The methodology allows self-reliant learning under continuous guidance from specially-trained trainers in Automotive Mechatronics. While the number of students per batch is limited to only twenty, the learning process is highly-efficient as a team comprises a maximum of five members. Additionally, there is a great emphasis on development of interpersonal skills which helps to produce well-rounded graduates who are ready to take on the challenges of a competitive automotive industry.