Brewery Graduation 2019 - Mechanic Module I

This competency-based training work program is part of a wider training vision that was conceived as the company seeks to develop career pathways which would allow employees to progress within the organization from an entry level worker to supervisory and management levels.

Brewery Graduation 2019 - Mechanic Module I

Valedictorian Shem DaSilva

Technical Trainings - Supply St Vincent Class of 2018 valedictorian, Shem DaSilva


Spartan Innovation is pleased to announce that ten (10) trainees out of an initial twelve (12) graduated Friday 22nd March 2019 after having completed training and assessment in Maintenance Mechanic In the Brewery Industry delivered by Spartan Innovation. This training began August 2018 and lasted for six (6) months. It is part of a partnership between the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and the St Vincent Brewery Ltd. The resulting CBT (Competency Based Training) Workplace Programme saw an initial batch of seven (7) trainees graduating in the first instance last year January. 

The SVBL is a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev the world's largest brewer. AB InBev dreams of being the best beer company bringing people together for a better world. Every year plants within the AB InBev group complete to qualify for their Voyeur Plant Optimization (VPO) program and for the honour of being the company’s top performing brewery. Each element of the VPO program is embedded into the participating plant’s culture, emphasizing the importance of everyone sharing the company’s goals while respecting AB InBev standards of business, integrity and the leading principles that define AB InBev culture. Training is a key element in the enshrining of those principles. The competency-based training work program is part of a wider training vision that was conceived as the company seeks to develop career pathways which would allow employees to progress within the organization from an entry level worker to supervisory and management levels. 

The main objective of this Maintenance Mechanic Module I was to equip plant employees so they can competently function as part of the company’s Autonomous Maintenance Pillar. A trainee is considered to be competent if they can:

  • Apply the fundamentals and techniques of control and dimensional analysis, applying criteria of quality, safety and occupational hygiene.
  • Apply manual methods of machining and forming, according to established rules and procedures.
  • Apply techniques and procedures for installing and maintaining machine elements, according to maintenance plans and technical data sheets of the manufacturer.
  • Plan the maintenance to be carried out in a company, according to programming, under requirements of quality, safety and industrial hygiene and preserving the environment.
  • Install and apply maintenance to directional valves, according to technical and safety requirements.
  • Perform measurement of fundamental magnitudes of industrial instrumentation, according to operation manuals and safety standards.
  • Apply the fundamentals of arc welding and oxyacetylene processes under requirements of quality, safety and industrial hygiene and Preserving the environment.

In attendance were members of the Trainees family and well wishers. Officiating dignitaries included Mr. Kenroy Questelles, Director of the National Qualifications Department secretariat of the Sector Skills Development Agency (NQD/SSDA) our local National Training Agency; Mr. Nigel Scott, Director of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College; Mr. Osborne Bowens, Dean of the Division of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) and Coordinator of this training programme; Mr. Theodore Browne, Head of Engineering at SVBL, representing AB InBev St Vincent Supply Manager; and not forgetting the Master of Ceremonies Mr. Val Matthias Communication Lecturer at DTVE and local media personality.

This training was conducted using the Blended Learning and Competency Based Learning approach. Blended Learning allowed participants to interact with the Trainer and Lab Assistant in Face-to-Face sessions for both theory and practical engagements while at the same time provided online access to study materials, written assignments and tests. This provided the trainees, who were otherwise engaged in their regular work schedule at the Brewery, with the flexibility to learn on the go by being able to access training resources from their mobile devices, desktops or laptops. All this was made possible by Spartan Innovation's Digital Learning Management Platform mySpartan Learning. Via this platform, Spartan Innovation is able to offer the following:

  • Cloud-Based LMS - Implementing your courses on mySpartan Learning ensures a fast deployment, lower costs and increased return on investment (ROI).
  • Course Development - Team up with our course developer to build interactive, engaging courses and effective evaluations.
  • Learning Program Consulting - Get advice from our expert to determine what types of learning resources and technologies would best support your environment.
  • Gap Analysis - Work with our CBT Assessor to determine training/competency gaps in your workplace and develop training programmes to target those gaps. No matter your training goals, our team will help you achieve them.

Spartan Innovation wishes to extend congratulations to all the graduates as they embark on their new journey within the St Vincent Brewery Ltd. 



Technical Trainings - Supply St. Vincent, Class of 2018. From left to right: Neil Woodly, Akeeno Woodly, Dwayne Richards and Romando Maxwell.



Technical Trainings - Supply St. Vincent, Class of 2018. From left to right: Rejiv Cuffy, Teron Benjamin, Clemroy Peters, Junior Scott and Rayon Woods.

Mech-a-what? Mechatronics — the Engineering Field You Didn’t Know Existed


“Mech-a-what?” “What’s a mech-aaaa-TRON-ic engineer?” “What’s mechatronics?”


Welcome to the world of Mechatronic Engineering. According to Wikipedia:

Mechatronics, which is also called mechatronic engineering, is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering that focuses on the engineering of both electrical and mechanical systems, and also includes a combination of robotics, electronics, computer, telecommunications, systems, control, and product engineering.

Mechatronic engineering is an engineering “specialty” that’s been around for quite some time, but wasn’t assigned its own field classification until recently. To put it simply, mechatronic engineering is a hybrid of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. This puts applications of robotics, control systems, electro-mechanical systems, and similar engineering in this field.



Pepper Sorting Machine I created along with other classmates as part of a group project.




Functional Block Diagram explaining the System


A great way to illustrate this is to think of us as go-betweens for mechanical and electrical teams, being able to speak both languages of the different fields, while not necessarily being specialized in one field over another (though having strengths in one versus another is likely). Some “mechas,” as we may refer to ourselves, have additional backgrounds in computer science, computer engineering, manufacturing, electrical engineering, or business.

So why has no one actually heard of us? My guess is it’s due to schooling — most know of mechanical, electrical, computer, civil, aerospace, robotics, and other degrees, partly because they’re offered at schools all over the world. Not very many schools offer a dedicated mechatronic engineering degree, though, which severely limits the exposure of this recently defined field.



So in a nutshell, we’re a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none sort. We’re specialized at not being specialized, yet mechatronic engineers can do quite a bit across multiple engineering disciplines and have a solid base from which to grow.

Mechatronic engineering alumni work with massive industrial robots, smaller robots in pick-and-place operations, control systems for bottling or packaging of food and drink products, drones, designing control systems for rides in amusement parks, prototype development, or even working to bring a robot to every home and office such as myself.


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