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DIMO holds awareness session on Automobile Mechatronics course

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From left:  DIMO Chairman and Managing Director Ranjith Pandithage, General Manager Technical Competency Development Jobst Ferber, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka Andreas Hergenroether, DIMO Group CEO Gahanath Pandithage and Director Suresh Gooneratne at the awareness program


Second institute in Asia to offer a category “A” certificate by German Chamber of commerce



Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently introduced an Automobile Mechatronics course which is considered as the most recognised course in its category in Asia. 

This three-year diploma in Automobile Mechatronics is accredited by the German Chamber of Commerce. This assures that the course offered by DIMO is precise to the course conducted in Germany, including the course content, practicals, class rooms, laboratories, workshops and equipment. Furthermore lecturers are trained and qualified according to the German Trainer qualification system.

The awareness session was held recently at DIMO 800 – DIMO’s new Mercedes-Benz centre of excellence, with the participation of students, their parents and the Senior Management of DIMO. Andreas Hergenroether (Delegate of German Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka) educated participants on the German VET system and the role of the German Chamber of Commerce worldwide. 

Hergenroether elaborated on the uniqueness and the recognition DATS has received to conduct this course in Sri Lanka. DIMO Chairman and Managing Director Ranjith Pandithage addressed the audience on the future prospects of vocational training in Sri Lanka, and how best to maximise opportunities. DIMO General Manager Technical Competency Development Jobst Ferber further elaborated on the accredited program and the recognition it receives worldwide.

DIMO Academy for Technical Skills (DATS) Assistant Manager Vimukthi Randeny made a detailed presentation on the three-year Diploma, while HNB Chief Manager Head of Credit Operations Viraj Mendis introduced potential financing options and loan schemes available for the students who are following this course. 

The attendees were taken on a tour to the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Workshop, where they were able to experience DIMO’s dedication to maintaining a world class standard in aftersales service.

Automobile Mechatronics is one of the most in-demand avenues in modern engineering. An individual qualified in Automobile Mechatronics has the opportunity to work overseas with leading automobile manufacturers and franchises.

The course content assures that the individuals’ skills are moulded and enhanced to match needs of the modern automobile industry. Receiving such an accreditation requires extensive audits by German Authorities, and thus makes DIMO Academy for Technical Skills (DATS) only the second institute in Asia to offer a category “A” certificate by the German Chamber of commerce.

In 1990, DATS was established in Colombo in collaboration with Daimler AG. The school became the first and largest one of its kind in the private sector to offer an automotive technological education as a social service to Sri Lanka. 

Over 400 students have since graduated and are pursuing successful careers in the Automobile industry worldwide. In 2010, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, DATS introduced its courses to Jaffna at the new branch established in the liberated war torn area. 

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