EIT’s Pioneering Higher Education Graduates

They have done it! We extend our congratulations to the first cohort of students from the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Graduate Diploma of Industrial Automation.  They are now very well placed in the workforce: the International Society of Automation (ISA) claims there is a shortage of skilled individuals in automation industries.

Jules Bekoka Batomba is one of our diligent graduates; he was able to study alongside his work which takes him around the world as design engineer for global engineering firm, Interplex. He mentioned that he found the content accessible and clear, attributing this to the experienced lecturers who are sourced from industry. He went on to comment that he has since incorporated his new-found knowledge into his daily designing tasks.

Jules believes the live, online approach to learning has helped him achieve a vital balance in his life. He was able to pursue his education without it impacting negatively on his work or his family life. The positive nature of his study experience has encouraged him to continue into the second and final year, to attain the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation).

Jules is confident that adding another qualification to his curriculum vitae will mean promotion within his company. He believes earnestly that, “education is power”.


Murray Langley, with yet another education award under his belt, is already a respected EIT alumnus. He is the Project Coordinator of Electrical and Instrumentation for Cristal Mining, Australia, responsible for both their Eastern and Western regions.

Murray commented that he has augmented his existing expertise by directly applying the skills he acquired during the course to his everyday job functions. With his graduate diploma studies completed, he too plans to push on toward his Master of Engineering, but in Electrical Systems. Once he has attained this degree his aspirations are commendable. In his words, “I hope to one day, take my engineering skills into developing areas around the world where there is the need to elevate these developing areas into world class operations.”

Murray, in closing, mentioned that his esteem for this eLearning process has been such that he has convinced his colleagues to further their studies too.

Another EIT graduate, Richard Scott, is a determined student and veteran in  the oil and gas industry. His field of experience covers design, construction and commissioning of onshore and offshore facilities, but with the downturn in the oil industry he has been involved with the domestic gas supply networks in southeast England. As he looks forward renewable energy projects tempt him and he has expressed an interest in sharing his wealth of expertise in an online classroom. He believes that his Graduate Diploma of Industrial Automation, together with the Master degree will, “give me the required academic level to act as a lecturer.”

Richards teaching aspirations illustrate his respect for the learning platform that EIT has adopted. He commented that online training is a complete solution that needs to be promoted throughout the engineering industry. He does warn, however, that students need to retain a spirit of self-motivation, even though the Course Coordinators encourage students to remain engaged and on track with their programs.



If you would also like to share your story from studying with EIT, please contact Sharné Pretorius at sharne.pretorius@eit.edu.au for more information.