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  • Industry Presentation: Ethics in Engineering

    Oct 19, 2018 | 06:17 am

    Industry Presentation: Ethics in Engineering EIT alumnus Allan Butler conducted a presentation on “Ethics in Engineering” for our students at our East Perth campus last Thursday.Allan, who is currently a SCADA Engineer at Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, graduated from EIT’s Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) in 2018. His main role is to manage the SCADA system at the Dampier Bunbury Pipeline.EIT is committed to delivering education programs that are aligned with real industry needs. We also want our students to have ongoing access to relevant information, so they can continue learning and improving well into their career. As a result, we’re collaborating closely with industry to bring our students relevant guest speakers who can provide meaningful technical insight.With over 20 years of experience in the engineering industry, Allan was able to share his advice about life beyond the classroom.His presentation started with a question: “Would you rather take a 50% chance of getting the problem[…]

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  • Martin Mutale

    Oct 19, 2018 | 01:27 am

    Martin Mutale Martin Mutale works in the mining industry.He began his career with a craft certificate in electrical systems. After working for five years, he pursued a diploma in electrical engineering at a university in Zambia, which he did not complete.After another seven years in the industry he realised that he had to upskill. Through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Martin now has two qualifications, a Professional Certificate in PLCs and SCADA Systems and an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Systems.Mutale is proud to claim that he can ‘design and develop a project to completion’ with the skills he has gained through work and study. It is also clear, however, that his love for the industry enables him; he describes his project work as fascinating, ‘from installation to commissioning.’Mutale notes that the flexibility of EIT’s training curriculum allowed him to study and work at the same time. When he understood that[…]

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  • Marcel Maughan

    Oct 19, 2018 | 00:06 am

    Marcel Maughan Marcel Maughan is an Automation and Breakdown Specialist for a company named IMP. The company is a world leader in automating sample preparation and analysis equipment for mining and sample laboratories. His responsibilities include installing, servicing, and repairing the automation equipment at IMP.A career in automation, however, has been quite the journey for Marcel. He completed high school in 1997, with a dream of becoming an Electrical Engineer. The only snag was his family could not afford to send him to university. Instead he decided to find work. Reflecting on that time in his life, he said:“Unfortunately my dreams seemed to be out of reach. I applied for many jobs and went for many interviews without success. For three years I was unsuccessful in every application, but I worked day and night as a barman and later as the bar manager. I made just enough money to pay rent and[…]

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  • Murray Langley

    Oct 18, 2018 | 01:12 am

    Murray Langley Murray Langley attended a career exhibition during his final year of high school. He came across a stall run by the South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) and knew that he had found what he was looking for. He applied for a trainee position in the Instrumentation and Automation field with Iscor Ltd (now part of the steel company Arcelor-Mittal).  He filled the position straight out of high school and has never looked back.He began further studies in 2011 and has completed an Advanced Diploma, two Graduate Diplomas, the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) and more recently embarked on a Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems) - all though the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).Throughout his career Murray has worked in the Steel and Aluminum Smelting and Mineral Sands mining industry. Currently though, he is working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC).[…]

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  • Sebastian Govender

    Oct 16, 2018 | 07:17 am

    Sebastian Govender Sebastian Govender works for oil giant Saudi Aramco. He works in the Project Management Division, in Mega Projects in the Oil & Gas industry, in Jazan Economic City.When he began working in Saudi Arabia, in 2013, he worked on the Jazan Refinery Mega Project. He was on the Project Management Team as an instrumentation engineer, specializing in Detail Design. He then moved over to PMT Construction. He currently manages the construction/pre-commissioning for E&I in the Gas Treatment Unit (GTU).For him, the most fascinating developments in the Oil and Gas industry have occurred in the ever-evolving process control systems, which, he says, have made life a lot easier in the refinery.On why he pursued a career in Oil & Gas, Govender said:“The reason I have chosen to work in the O&G industry is because I love the ongoing changes in technology of refining, and the challenges faced in the day to[…]

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  • EIT’s Rolf Baum and David Gadjus on the road

    Oct 15, 2018 | 00:05 am

    EIT’s Rolf Baum and David Gadjus on the road Both men recently visited a number of countries, taking with them the passion for education and engineering that marks the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT). They have travelled to share the opportunities EIT offers students who want to further their engineering studies, or who dream of becoming engineers - online or on campus in Perth, Western Australia.Rolf and David will have packed many facts about EIT’s learning platform and approach into their deliveries. For instance, that EIT’s teachers are engineering experts from all over the world. And that they reach students in real time – whether they are on campus or online. They would also have spoken of EIT’s course content – that it is driven by the needs of industry and designed (and indeed re-designed) to be relevant, practical and useful.Rolf Baum, EIT’s International Recruitment Manager in the South Asia region, recently visited India and Pakistan to gauge the[…]

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  • South Africa’s Malls Welcome Sizeable Solar projects

    Oct 10, 2018 | 23:56 pm

    South Africa’s Malls Welcome Sizeable Solar projects Just across from EIT’s sister company in South Africa, in Waterfall City, Midrand, the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system in the southern hemisphere has been unveiled.If there’s one thing that South Africa doesn’t lack, it’s sunshine. Malls and other venues that keep the lights on around the clock are moving towards renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprints. It also provides a model for the country; encouraging the citizens of South Africa to dream of and plan for a future where clean energy makes up one hundred per cent of the energy mix.Engineers from renewable energy company Solareff have fitted the Mall of Africa’s roof with a US $3.49 million photovoltaic system that will generate the necessary energy to keep the lights on.Source: Business InsiderIt is officially the 10th most significant photovoltaic solar setup in the world, and purportedly the world’s first mixed-use integrated solar power-diesel hybrid system.Talking to[…]

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  • A small engineering college makes waves across the Indian Ocean

    Oct 9, 2018 | 07:13 am

    A small engineering college makes waves across the Indian Ocean This week the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) received some important visitors. A delegation of three (the CEO and two supporting managers) from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) spent two days at our head office and on our campus in Perth, Western Australia. ECSA is the equivalent of Engineers Australia, but with greater regulatory power.ECSA team and a number of EIT Managers Front row: ECSA CEO, Mr S Madonsela (middle)Back row: ECSA Council Member, Mr A Sentsho (third from left), Dean at EIT, Dr S Mackay (second from right), ECSA Executive Researcher, Mr M Gwazube ( end at right)Their mission was to learn more about the online and blended learning platforms available for engineering education. The result of their research will be two-fold. South African education institutions can look forward to a robust set of protocols and standards on which to base their online learning methodologies. And those[…]

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  • Innovation amidst adversity

    Oct 4, 2018 | 07:01 am

    Innovation amidst adversity The fourth industrial revolution is disrupting so many engineering industries, the civil engineers are beginning to call it ‘Civils 4.0.' Mark Hansford, writing for New Civil Engineer, says the industry is on "the cusp of a technological revolution."In a year of high-profile bridge collapses, the civil engineering industry has seen more disparaging headlines than it is comfortable with. Something needs to be done within the industry to ensure these catastrophic failures don't occur.In 2018, innovative and pioneering methods of construction alike have been nitpicked after highly publicized failures have occurred. The first incident that had engineers scratching their heads was in May when the Florida International University Bridge collapsed onto a highway.Then in August the Morandi Bridge in Genoa came down. In the first case, innovative methods of construction known as ‘Accelerated Bridge Construction’ saw some criticism.  But Hansford says the highly publicized failures are no reason to prevent further[…]

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  • What are engineers doing to save the planet?

    Oct 4, 2018 | 03:09 am

    What are engineers doing to save the planet? September has come and gone, and it has given us something to contemplate as we venture towards the final three months of the year.Investigative journalism show, Vice aired an episode in September entitled: Engineering Earth.The episode alluded to the fact that engineers and scientists are looking to a new era of geoengineering as a ‘last ditch effort' to mitigate the effects of global warming. The report asserted that a technological revolution may be necessary to curb the phenomenon of global warming.Vice founder Shane Smith said after 50 years of research, engineers and scientists are aware that the level of carbon dioxide present in our atmosphere ‘exceeds levels that haven't been seen in three million years.' He said the world is clearly past the point of no return.Visiting Greenland's Eagle glacier — a glacier that has experienced immense runoff — Smith spoke to Jason Box, a PhD contributor to Vice and[…]

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  • On campus - another first!

    Oct 3, 2018 | 07:28 am

    On campus - another first! As we rapidly move through our first year of hosting on-campus students, we are consistently experiencing lots of ‘firsts’. In their first year of study, our students take part in a site-visit to gain a little insight into the engineering industry they have chosen. CELEBRATION OF SUCCESSRecently, one of our first-year Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering) students, Hamza Baig completed his first industrial site-visit.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Hamza, who was very excited to share his experience.  How did you know which companies to contact?I went through the ‘top Australian companies’ contact list provided by the unit co-ordinator and highlighted those in Perth.I then used the template letter on Moodle and sent Pro Build an email, introducing myself and requesting a day on-site. Within a very short time they replied, providing me with the site-manager’s details, who then put me in touch with the site co-ordinator. We confirmed[…]

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  • Do female engineering graduates really earn more than their male counterparts?

    Oct 3, 2018 | 07:02 am

    Do female engineering graduates really earn more than their male counterparts? A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows female engineering graduates earned slightly more than their male counterparts for the first time in 2017.These figures account for males and females who have completed an undergraduate engineering degree and have started in their first full-time role.  According to the report, the median starting salary for female engineering graduates is $65k. For male engineering graduates, the median starting salary is $63.5k.Source: Australian Bureau of StatisticsAccording to the ABS, female graduates still earn less than male graduates in 15 out of the 19 key industries but are on a par in the communications field.These figures come from the Australian Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017, which was conducted by the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and released in February this year. They aim to provide students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of[…]

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  • India’s most famous civil engineer celebrated

    Oct 2, 2018 | 07:36 am

    India’s most famous civil engineer celebrated India celebrates Engineering Day on the 15th of September every year. Google, this year, decided to honor one of India’s most celebrated engineers -Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He was the Google Doodle for the day. Behind him on the Doodle, is the work he is most famous for; the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam.Popularly known as Sir MV, he was a lead player in the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in the North-West suburb of Mysore City. It was early in his career that it was clear he had an affinity for irrigation systems. Soon after his studies, he became the sanitary engineer for the government of Bombay.Source: Screenshot from GoogleDuring his tenure in Bombay, he implemented a block system of irrigation that would provide irrigation for a large number of villages.His mantra was: “Work is Worship”. When he looked at naturally occuring waterfalls, he knew that hydroelectric[…]

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  • World’s first hydrogen fuel train unveiled

    Oct 2, 2018 | 06:04 am

    World’s first hydrogen fuel train unveiled Germany has unveiled not one but two Hydrogen fuel trains. It is being celebrated as a world-first.The train can traverse 600 miles (1,000km) of railway on a single tank of hydrogen. What is significant about this number is that it matches what diesel trains can do. The new-fangled trains can reach a speed of 140km/h (86.99 miles per hour).The fuel cells are positioned on top of the train. The cells combine hydrogen and oxygen, then transfer them to lithium-ion batteries inside the train. The train then emits steam and water. Another 58 zero-emissions trains are to be sold to Germany.The train has been specifically designed to operate on non-electrified railway lines. To refuel the train, there will be a hydrogen refueling station Bremervorde where a 40-foot-high steel container will be pumped into the trains. The train is also quieter than its diesel-powered brethren.Source: Twitter; AlstromIt is named the Coradia iLint,[…]

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  • Digital advancement highlights skills shortages and ill-prepared educational institutions

    Oct 2, 2018 | 05:52 am

    Digital advancement highlights skills shortages and ill-prepared educational institutions In a digital world, higher education becomes a shapeshifter.Even after graduation, continuous and life-long re-skilling and up-skilling is becoming a necessity. The difficulty for universities is to keep up with the demand for new forms of education and training as a result of the internet age. Brick-and-mortar institutions are facing digital expansion and are struggling to stay ahead.And for the current workforce, advances in this world of digital transformation simply threaten their jobs. A skills shortage has arisen and will continue to deepen if workers cannot access new and relevant skills.Big data, business automation, and intelligence solutions are now becoming commonplace in the vocabulary of a modern workplace. Digital literacy is critical and according to the Australian Industry Group’s 2018 Workforce Development Needs Survey, Australian companies are struggling to find aptly trained individuals. Australia’s workforce According to the survey, companies are beginning to take on more apprentices and those fresh out[…]

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