PT Trakindo Utama, the provider of Caterpillar heavy equipment solutions in Indonesia, has always been committed to contribute to the advancement of education in Indonesia. Conducting a program titled Trakindo Goes to Campus is one of the company’s ways to realize the commitment. The program is designed as a means of sharing Trakindo’s expertise and experience in heavy equipment industry to students, especially during this time of industry 4.0 disruption.
Trakindo Goes to Campus initial activities were in the form of virtual webinars for students, themed "Prospects and Future of Technology Education in Indonesia in the Era of Industry 4.0 Disruption" in September 2021. Each event was organized in collaboration with Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya (PENS) and Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar (UNHAS), respectively. Around 250 students and dozens of lecturers were in attendance in each event. Trakindo has devised a plan to bring this activity to other universities in Indonesia until the end of 2021.
Technology education was the focal point of discussions during the program, as it has been one of the most disrupted fields in the midst of transformation and transition due to the intensive 4.0 Industrial Revolution. In responding to the new needs that arise in the global workforce landscape, the higher education technology sector needs to make various changes and adjustments so that students are well equipped to face the ever-changing demands of the industry.
Speaking at Trakindo Goes to Campus, Candy Sihombing, Trakindo's Corporate Communication and CSR Manager, confirmed that currently, as the disruption of Industry 4.0 starts, there is an increasing need for best talents, especially in technology fields. “Technology is advancing at a fast pace and constantly evolving. Unfortunately, at the same time, we have to face COVID-19 pandemic situation which presents serious challenges for the world of education. For that we conduct Trakindo Goes to Campus to provide an overview of the needs and future of the industry," said Candy Sihombing.
Held as part of a series of 50 Years of Trakindo Dedication to Work for Indonesia (50 Tahun Dedikasi Trakindo Berkarya untuk Indonesia) activities, Trakindo Goes to Campus is the company’s effort to help bolstering the advancement of technology education in Indonesia and its students, by sharing firsthand knowledge of the disruption and transformation in the heavy equipment industry during the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era. So far, apart from providing heavy equipment solutions, Trakindo is indeed trying to implement its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen by emphasizing the pillars of corporate citizenship, one of which is in the field of education.
Discussing the application of leading technology at Trakindo, Candy Sihombing explained that technological developments in the heavy equipment industry are currently leading to Connected Assets and Automation, such as Equipment Management, a digital solution capable of remotely monitoring machine performance and health.
Fajar Nur Hendri Winarko, Instructor Technology Trakindo Tembagapura, added that another remote technology that has been developed by the company is Minegem technology or Cat® Minestar Command for Underground. "Minegem is an automation technology that allows operators to remotely control heavy equipment. Currently it is widely implemented in underground mining so that its use is safer and increases productivity," explained Fajar. Besides talking about Cat Minestar technology, Fajar also talked about his experience, as well as exciting stories of working in mining.
At this event, Trakindo explained the skills that students need to master if they want to be involved in the industry, while also sharing important hints on how to face challenges in the midst of rapid technological advances. This event is expected to be able to help students prepare when facing the challenges of the times and add insights before entering the work fields. Trakindo hopes that adaptive generations will be born so that they are able to be the field of technology’s next generation that could easily cope with the disruption of industry 4.0.
"With various technological advances, as well as their use in the current heavy equipment industry, engineering graduates from various majors can join the heavy equipment industry, not just one particular major," said Fajar.
The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is an advanced phase of the Industrial Revolution 3.0 which is marked by the use of electronics and information technology. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is marked by a blend of technology that blurs the boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological fields. According to the World Economic Forum, what made the Industrial Revolution more than just a part of 3.0 was its extraordinary speed, the vast scope of the sector being disrupted, and its impact on all systems of production, management, and governance.
Dr. Eng. Bima Sena Bayu Dewantara, S.ST., MT., Head of the PENS Postgraduate Program explained in more detail the conceptual framework of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. "The Industrial Revolution 4.0 collaborates with cyber technology and automation technology, namely cyber physical systems. To answer this need and produce graduates who are competent, skilled, committed, and ready to work, a synergy of higher vocational education in technology and industry is needed," said Bima at Trakindo Goes to Campus PENS.
Furthermore, Bima Sena Bayu revealed that PENS plans to answer this need by preparing the opening of the first postgraduate study program in the field of Cyber Physical Systems in Indonesia. This study program is expected to be active in the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eng. Ir. Dewiani, MT., Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering UNHAS explained UNHAS's efforts to prepare quality graduates who are ready to face the changing times. “We have several subjects that are in accordance with the needs of the industry so that students are ready to enter the industry. Although the technology used by each industry may be specific and continue to evolve, we have provided a solid foundation so that they can adapt,” told Dewiani at Trakindo Goes to Campus UNHAS.
“Collaboration with PENS and UNHAS is one of Trakindo's initiatives in broadening students' horizons, we hoped that after attending this event, students will get information about career prospects and technology implementation in the future and motivate students to study harder in order to be able to compete in the era of change. We believe that by working together, we can make positive changes for a better future,” concluded Candy Sihombing.