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  • 2019 Student Ambassador: Tatenda Nherera

    Jan 15, 2019 | 04:01 am

    2019 Student Ambassador: Tatenda Nherera We are proud to announce our 2019 Student Ambassador is Tatenda Nherera. He is a member of EIT’s alumni community and will now be representing our current and prospective students.Tatenda recently graduated from EIT’s 52684WA – Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities. He said EIT’s online delivery mode allowed him to continue working full-time, while improving his instrumentation knowledge and technical writing skills. This newfound expertise helped him in his work with the Eastern Cape Department of Health and Department of Public Works; his main responsibilities include servicing, maintenance and repair of their key and sophisticated steam boilers, laundry and kitchen machines for many Health Facility and Correctional Service Centres in the South African province.Tatenda began studying engineering in 2008, when he enrolled in the Gweru Polytechnic College in Zimbabwe as an electrical power student. He then began studying with EIT in 2015[…]

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  • Remote Lab Upgrade Incoming

    Jan 14, 2019 | 00:23 am

    Remote Lab Upgrade Incoming Hi everyone,A few weeks back we sent an email out to our students regarding their overall experiences with the Remote Labs. The feedback we received was extremely comprehensive; allowing us to identify and mitigate the primary points of confusions.To subsequently amend this, we are rolling out a new version of the Remote Labs. The new version consists primarily of minor tweaks and fixes, but we have a few major updates listed below that you might like.The new version will be rolled out over the next few days, so your experience with the labs may be slightly intermittent. Connection Quality IndicatorA common setback of our institute's global reach is the inadequate connection speeds some of our students incur. Our development team has implemented a connection quality indicator will now appear next to the Timetable of labs in real-time. While TeamViewer generally provides a highly optimised experience when connecting to the labs, the[…]

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  • A ‘kite’ could provide electricity for many around the world in 2019

    Jan 11, 2019 | 05:54 am

    A ‘kite’ could provide electricity for many around the world in 2019 Mechanical engineers are ready to unveil the mechanical clean energy technology that has been 10 years in the making.The engineering firm behind it is named Makani, a company tied to Alphabet’s Google X Lab. The purpose of the company is to ‘create radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems’.One of the more renowned projects that have come from Google X Lab is Project Loon; specially engineered balloons that could be launched into the stratosphere and provide internet access to rural parts of the world.Source: MakaniMakani, is joining their fellow projects with airborne technologies that could help people on the ground a whole lot. You may have heard of wind energy, but have you heard of airborne wind energy?What they have developed are called ‘Makani kites’. Makani energy kites, the company says, will produce electricity by harnessing energy efficiently from the wind.The ‘kite’ is a solar-plane looking[…]

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  • A new year of engineering innovation commences

    Jan 7, 2019 | 06:04 am

    A new year of engineering innovation commences As 2019 begins another year of engineering innovation lies ahead.This year’s engineering buzzword is: REVOLUTION. The cutting edge technologies that have begun to change the way engineers are educated and the way they perform their tasks in the workplace will only increase.The Engineer, a UK based engineering magazine, has outlined what technologies will see ongoing development in 2019: Electric-powered mobility Additive manufacturing Virtual and augmented reality Artificial intelligence: smartphones, smart factories, etcThey suggest that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all industries and all levels of society and reach mainstream status in 2019. This makes it critical for people across the board – but particularly in industries underpinned by these technologies – to become familiar with them, to ensure they can contribute ably in their places of work.Most importantly, they warn that the engineering sector should address the skills shortages that may well become prevalent with the disruptive nature of[…]

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  • Quick repair on earthquake damaged roads

    Jan 7, 2019 | 04:02 am

    Quick repair on earthquake damaged roads An earthquake rocked the city of Anchorage in the state of Alaska on Friday the 30th of November 2018. On the Richter scale, it measured in at 7.0. Since then 1,000 aftershocks have been observed. Not since 1964 had there been such an intense earthquake in the area.Thankfully, there were no deaths or serious injuries reported in the aftermath of the quake. However, infrastructure was hit incredibly hard. Roadways in Anchorage were damaged, and water lines were ruptured. Natural gas workers have also been flown in to restore gas to households, and fix any faults that might have occurred when the earthquake hit.The civil engineers jumped into action, repairing the roads in record time!  The repair crews have become the golden standard for civil engineering reaction to post-earthquake road repair.One of the more damaged roads was the freeway off-ramp at the International Airport Road and Minnesota Boulevard. The road was[…]

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  • The skills you’ll need in the next three years

    Jan 7, 2019 | 03:58 am

    The skills you’ll need in the next three years A substantive reduction in the global workforce - due to automation - is expected to occur in the next 3 years. However, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), some businesses are more excited than anxious.The WEF report states that 38% of businesses are positive about the future of jobs; they ‘expect to extend their workforce to new productivity-enhancing roles’. Inevitably the new roles will entail new tasks, so to avoid skills shortages companies and educators need to make this a priority:“By 2022, no less than 54% of all employees will require significant re- and upskilling. Of these, about 35% are expected to require additional training of up to six months, 9% will require reskilling lasting six to 12 months, while 10% will require additional skills training of more than a year.”Source: World Economic ForumUpon that reskilling and upskilling, the WEF says that there will be a[…]

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  • McLeod Boipuso Sibanda

    Jan 7, 2019 | 03:51 am

    McLeod Boipuso Sibanda McLeod Boipuso Sibanda is a dedicated scholar and works hard in the worlds of geology and engineering.He is a husband, a father of three children, and the Managing Director of a reputable civil engineering company in Botswana.He was born in the village of Pandamatenga, Botswana, and as a youth he realized he had the knack for engineering.“From a young age I was passionate about Mathematics and Physics and the civil engineering industry suited my passion for application,” he said.He holds certificates in Rock Identification and Geotechnical Core logging, Soil Profiling and Chip Logging from the South African Institute for Engineering & Environmental Geologists. He also has a Laboratory and Field Techniques certificate from the University of Cape Town, and he recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering from the Engineering Institute of Technology. He is putting those qualifications to good use. He says:“I have over 21[…]

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  • In the name of manufacturing, mechanical engineers study Wombat faeces

    Jan 7, 2019 | 03:42 am

    In the name of manufacturing, mechanical engineers study Wombat faeces Engineers often borrow from the natural world and biological processes for their work. But there was one natural process engineers could not fathom, or rather failed to take the time to figure out. Why, or how it is that a wombat’s faecal matter is cube-shaped.The process of copying some of nature’s principles and using them as inspiration for engineering design is called ‘biomimicry’. But how the study of wombat stools could contribute to the engineering industry has not, up until now, been asked.Source: PixabayPatricia Yang, a mechanical engineer, specializes in hydrodynamics in animal bodies at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She spoke to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers:“The first thing that drove me to this is that I have never seen anything this weird in biology. That was a mystery. I didn’t even believe it was true at the beginning. I Googled it and saw a lot about the cube-shaped[…]

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  • Low cost sensors to produce better air quality data

    Jan 7, 2019 | 03:23 am

    Low cost sensors to produce better air quality data Another Black Friday and a Cyber Monday have come and gone, as has Christmas and Boxing Day.According to VOX, it is estimated that the US Postal Service makes 850 million deliveries from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That equates to a lot of parcel deliveries via a host of transportation technologies.Executive Director at The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago pointed out back in 2016 that US C02 emissions from transport eclipsed power stations for the first time since 1979.Source: DOE, EIA, May 2016 Monthly Energy ReviewAir quality is becoming a bone of contention for many people around the world, but do they know exactly which entities are the worst offenders for polluting the air?Not until now – and it is thanks to engineering.Sensor and satellite technologies are producing data which will help inform citizens and make private sector and government far more transparent.An organization named Resources for[…]

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  • Industrial automation’s effect on the electricity industry

    Jan 7, 2019 | 02:55 am

    Industrial automation’s effect on the electricity industry With the proliferation of renewable energy, industrial automation and electrical engineers are banding together to create the power grids of the future. The latest automated mechanisms making factories more efficient are also making their way into the electricity distribution industry - for smarter power grids.Future-proof energy grids which use intelligent, automated technologies are being targeted by governments around the world. They are, however, expected to improve on coal-powered electricity generation.Source: PixabayIn South Africa, poorly designed power stations have led to rolling blackouts in the country. According to City Press, at one of the more important power stations, Medupi Power Station, design flaws resulted in its failure ‘to control the heat of superheated steam circulating between the boiler and the turbine that produces electricity’.This is something the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and new cutting edge automation technologies could prevent. With IIoT in the design phase, automation engineers could have avoided[…]

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  • Graduate of the Year - Australia: Brian Lord

    Dec 14, 2018 | 02:07 am

    Graduate of the Year - Australia: Brian Lord On Friday, 23rd November, at the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Graduate Gala Event in Perth, Brian Lord was awarded the 2018 Graduate of the Year. He recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Electrical Systems).There are two reasons why this is remarkable: firstly, he now has another qualification under his belt and secondly, he worked full time while he studied. Like many EIT students, Brian had to become an even more astute juggler — he is also a husband, a father of three, a father-in-law and a grandad to two grandchildren.Brian lives in a small regional city on the Victorian – NSW border in Australia, named Echuca, boasting a population of around 14,000 where he is an electrician by trade.Despite enjoying his work and having worked Australia wide, he began searching for something that could really challenge him and boost his career. Brian[…]

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  • EIT’s Australian Graduate Gala

    Dec 14, 2018 | 01:37 am

    EIT’s Australian Graduate Gala On Friday 23rd November the Perth team at the Engineering Institute of Technology was all dressed up and in celebration mode: we were delighted to be gathered to congratulate our 2018 Australian graduates.A number of these clever people had convened, from all around Australia, and were also joined by Algate Mtemah, a student who had flown in from South Africa.We not only celebrated the graduates themselves, their persistence and hard work, but also their incredible families and friends. It is their love and support which helps our online students through the gruelling hours of study, before or after their working days.All of our students deserve recognition, but the Australian Graduate of the Year was ultimately awarded to Brian Lord. He graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering and this is what he said about it: “It was the ‘lightbulb’ that changed my electrical life and opened my mind.”[…]

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  • Graduate of the Year - South Africa: Johannes Kapeuasha

    Dec 14, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Graduate of the Year - South Africa: Johannes Kapeuasha Johannes Kapeuasha is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology and at our 2018 African Graduation Gala in October he was awarded Graduate of the Year.After completing high school in 2007 he enrolled at a college in Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Here he completed a certificate in computer science (database systems) and then another one in 2009 which certified him to work as a computer technician. He worked in the field for a year, but felt he needed to learn more and kick-start his career. He said:“I decided that I wanted to be part of the robotic and artificial intelligence revolution. For me, to be part of this revolution, I immediately realized that I either had to do software engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. I ended up choosing electrical engineering.”He joined the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and began studying towards the Electrical Engineering Millwright Trade. At[…]

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  • The 2018 TEQSA Conference – EIT’s Dean of Engineering presents a paper

    Dec 14, 2018 | 00:18 am

    The 2018 TEQSA Conference – EIT’s Dean of Engineering presents a paper At TEQSA’s third annual conference in Melbourne, at the end of November, Dr Steve Mackay presented a paper on the Development of a Career Advisory Site; it summarised his research to date - applying machine learning techniques to millions of job adverts around the world. Caroline Patterson also attended the conference and interacted vigorously at the QA Online Learning Forum.Despite the software still being in its infancy, Steve’s presentation (his latest project) involves the creation of a site which is able to collate and update real time job postings. He believes it will have varied applications, but trusts it will also provide education regulators, including TEQSA and ASQA, with an objective means of measuring and assessing the value of proposed courses - courses that are currently relevant in the marketplace and courses which will enable graduates find work in their fields of study.EIT's Dean of Engineering, Dr Steve MackayWith the[…]

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  • Holographic lectures now a reality

    Dec 13, 2018 | 08:02 am

    Holographic lectures now a reality The technological advancement in education has lagged behind other industries. Yet there are technologies available that would transform the classroom, the lecture hall, or even a person’s home, and ultimately transform learning.The Future of Management Education Alliance wants to bring these technologies to the learners of the 21st century. The alliance is headed up by the Imperial College Business School who plan to introduce hologram technology to their MBA students.The Imperial College Business School has an educational technology lab (Edtech Lab) that assists the school find the kinds of technologies that would better train the students at the institution.David Lefevre, director of Imperial’s Edtech Lab said: “This gives our teaching staff a sense of presence when talking with students. Otherwise we might as well run a lecture on Zoom.”Zoom is video conferencing software employed by some institutions to reach their students via the internet and conduct lectures virtually.Emmanuel Métais, Edtech[…]

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