Bidding goodbye to my old alma mater – Assumption Boys School, Butterworth – in 1970, I applied for entry into The Technical Institute of Penang, located along Jalan Ibbetson. There I was, from Form Four (MCE), right up to Upper Six (HSC).
“TI” was a unique secondary school of sorts, which combined the twin pursuits of nurturing academic brain power, and acquiring useful hands-on engineering design and workshop practice.
For us in the Mechanical Engineering course, we had many hours of very enjoyable experience, learning to use machine tools, such as the Milling Machines (horizontal & vertical types), the Shaping Machine, and the Lathe. In a nutshell, using powered cutting tools to fashion objects from steel and other metals to the precise shapes and forms desired.
Among the items I made were a Bolt & Nut pair, and a Spur Gear.
I made a return visit in 2015.