Brian Masemola graduated high school in 2006. By 2007, he had joined a college and started studying Instrumentation, which led to an apprenticeship with Anglo American Thermal Coal in 2009. In 2012, he qualified as an Instrumentation Mechanician after completing his National Diploma in Instrumentation.
In 2016, he joined the Engineering Institute of Technology, pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation. Brian had subsequently unlocked a new community of engineers he had never come across before.
“I met people from various countries. It was awesome! We networked, exchanged information and shared experiences. EIT’s set-up is great and convenient — especially for someone in the working class. It’s always awesome for the fact that classes are attended in the late evenings, it is a comfortable space for the learner.”
He is currently working in the chrome smelting industry, where his daily responsibilities include the installation and commissioning of new instruments. He also assists with the maintenance and breakdown attendance of the raw material, pallets and kiln section. He says that the industry is undergoing technological growth in Control & Instrumentation in respect to safety of personnel and safeguard machines.
Now, he is working at one of Glencore’s chrome smelters as an Instrumentation Technician. And he is a proud EIT graduate. He said:
“Today, I’m an Advanced Diploma graduate and still looking for better opportunities and pursuing my studies with EIT. I am looking to work towards getting a Masters.”
Brian notes he has amassed very useful knowledge during his time in the course. While he was studying through EIT and employed in a position at work, he figured that he could strike the perfect balance of work and studying.
“I drafted a little time table. I allocated times for working, studying and resting — with break intervals included,” he said.
Brian notes that the motivation to keep studying and leveling up in his industry comes from seeing the success of the new generation of engineers filling high level positions in companies around the world. He is aiming to ascend to those high level positions too. He says he also wants to become so proficient in engineering that he can eventually invent something useful for the betterment of mankind.