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More jobs, more opportunities, and more money. Western Australia (WA) is a state sighing with relief after it was announced that the economic downturn is turning around.

Engineering industry professionals may find solace in the fact that WA economy is gradually gathering momentum. It is finding its rightful place as a state bursting with resources which are needed here and abroad; a feat requiring talented engineers and technicians.

 

What happened?

Western Australia saw a...

On the 9th of January 2018 a destructive mudslide, in Santa Barbara and Ventura County, California, hit the community of Montecito the hardest. Houses and businesses were literally swept off of their foundations. Days later the death toll had risen to 20 with scores more injured.

 

100 homes were destroyed and 300 more were damaged. Vehicles were among the losses too.

 

Freeways and hotels have been closed indefinitely as the community faces an enormous cleanup. Power had...

Cape Town, South Africa, may become the first modern city in the world to run out of water. This headline is being strewn across news networks around the world. Time is ticking toward ‘Zero Day’ - a day in April when the Cape is set to run out of water.

 

Cape Town residents are now restricted to 50 liters of water per household per day and this figure is soon to be halved.

 

Professor Mike Muller, the former Director-General of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry...

Nikola Tesla was an electrical engineer, a master of invention, and a technological giant far beyond his years. An electric engineer for the ages. His influence on the engineering industry is continually being recognized in a world where alternative energy is becoming the status quo.
 
As his career matured, Tesla would turn into a polarizing figure; many were very skeptical about his belief in what humanity could achieve with electricity.

However, nothing immortalizes Tesla, and...

A highway built out of robust solar panels that generate energy throughout the day has actually become a reality thanks to Chinese engineers. The engineers have dubbed it the very first photovoltaic highway the world has ever seen. (Although France opened one of their own back in 2016.)

 

Regardless, the Chinese opened the highway on the 28th of December 2017, in Shandong, a province in China. The highway involves a 2 kilometer stretch fitted with solar panels which the engineers say...

The future of automation is set in stone. It seems clear that industrial robots will replace human beings on the assembly line inside most, if not all, factories in the future. Car manufacturers have already seen many of the tasks on the assembly line replaced by robots - tasks that, once upon a time, belonged to the human employee.

However, Ford Motor Company may have just prolonged the human employee’s stay on the assembly line with new exoskeleton technology.

EksoVest is a joint...

The demand for technicians, technologists and engineers in industrial automation, instrumentation and process control is growing rapidly. Why? Because when automation is introduced into industry, production becomes much more efficient and cost effective.

Consider the needs of employees:

  • They need training
  • They get sick
  • They receive wages
  • They go home at the end of each day    
  • They are more productive one day, but less so the following...

Because they create solutions and solve problems

Mechanical engineers develop processes and they design and implement the moving parts in a range of industries.

They are needed on all stages of a product, from research and development to design and manufacture, through to installation and final commissioning.

 

Most industries rely on mechanical systems and therefore mechanical engineering is thought to be one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines.

There...

Like water off of a duck’s back, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate controversy has not deterred consumers from buying their vehicles. Autoblog estimates that VW’s worldwide overall sales reached “around 10.7 million cars” in 2017, cementing it as the largest automaker in the world - inching just above Toyota.

The company also set a new record for a car manufacturing company; the company produced six million cars in a year. The Volkswagen Polo was the 7th most purchased vehicle in 2017.

For...

A new year has arrived, and with it, new engineering challenges. As 2018 rolled in, so did incredible weather events in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

 

In the Northern Hemisphere, it has been extremely cold. Days after New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, revealed a clean energy policy proposal for the state, a winter storm known as a ‘bomb cyclone’ descended upon the East Coast of the United States of America.

 

Extreme cold

The East Coast has undergone...

Thank you to all of those who applied for the EIT Outstanding Student Award.  Every single student who successfully completes an EIT program of study should be enormously proud of their achievement as it is not an easy accomplishment! 

We are aware that  the majority of our students are actively employed and have family commitments and so the decision to engage in further study further study can require significant sacrifice and takes a great deal of dedication and...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Course completed: DIT08 Advanced Diploma of Industrial Data Communications, Networking & IT

Date of completion: November 2017


I had always worked in managerial administration role until four years ago when I applied for a Communications Paraprofessional Apprenticeship/Traineeship.  As of this week, I have completed Communications Apprentice/Trainee within the Townsville Communications team.  As a Communications...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Courses completed: Advanced Diploma in Industrial Communications, Networking and IT

Date of completion: October 2017


My name is Nicholas Godden and I am a Senior Metering Technician for Western Power. I have a passion for Electrical Power engineering, Information and Communication Technologies. I studied IT Network Engineering before changing my career to an Electrician. While continuing to develop in my trade I studied to become an...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Courses completed: Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering DE22

Date of completion: October 2017


I am a trade & advanced diploma qualified electrical commissioning specialist, with extensive knowledge & skills in high voltage power distribution systems & possessing valuable experience in the oil & gas industry within Australia & overseas.

I am incredibly driven, a forward thinker, loyal and highly skilled...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Courses completed:

  • MIA01 - Master of Engineering
  • GPI01 - Graduate of Diploma in Project Management.
  • DIA01 - Advanced Diploma
  • Certificate Process Control
  • Certificate Instrumentation
  • Certificate Technical writing

Date of completion: Completed Master of Engineering in April 2017


I was born and raised in South India in the village of Pariyanvayal. From an early age, I was involved in academic and sporting pursuits with...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Course completed: Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering (Electrical System)

Date of completion: October 2017


My name is Jared Stone, and I’m employed at Western Power as a Primary Plant Technician, part of our Asset Management Business unit.

Having come on board originally as part of Western Power’s apprentice program in 2011, I successfully completed my training in a shorter timeframe than originally planned whilst also completing...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Course completed: Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation

Date of completion: 25th September 2017 (DIA 22)


I am Mr. Dominique Mutombo Hoyi, a Congolese (DR Congo) who is now living in South Africa (Johannesburg). I was born in Kinshasa (DR Congo) on the 15th October and did my Pre-primary and primary school there before my entire family moved to Mbuji-Mayi (Kasai Oriental Province, 1997). Then the family moved again from Mbuji-Mayi to...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award WINNER

Courses completed:

  • Adv Diploma in Electrical Engineering (DEE22) – Sept 2017
  • Certificate of Competency in Power System Protection (CPS05) – November 2016
  • Certificate of Competency in IEC61850 based Substation Automation (CSZ02) – Sept 2016 

"I am a 46 year old electrical technician from Durban, South Africa.I have been in the electrical transmission/distribution sector for 25 years – the last 18 of which have been as a self...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Winner Runner-up

 Course completed: DIA22 Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation

 Date of completion: 25 September 2017


Sales Engineer at Endress+Hauser

We strive to generate outstanding value for our Customers. Endress+Hauser are a number one leader in the Instrumentation, Solutions and Service Industry globally. My Professional background started in 1989 starting my Electrical Apprenticeship for three years continuing with another...

2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Course completed: Advanced Diploma in Automation Engineering (DIA22)

Date of completion: September 2017


"I have over 10 years working experience on machinery and automated plants as a Maintenance Technician and have been in the job market a few years ago. I have learnt that experience without qualifications only opens a few doors with lower income.

Given my aspirations for more opportunities and higher income, I completed my Electrician...

EIT is proud to announce that six of our Online Engineering degrees have been provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia under the Sydney and Washington accords.

  • Online BSc degrees in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Automation Engineering under the Sydney accord, and
  • Online Engineering Master degrees in Industrial Automation and Electrical Systems under the Washington accord.

 

This means these EIT degrees are now internationally recognized under the International...

This is a message to EIT students - past, present and future: to those who want to qualify well and to those determined to benefit from their learning experiences generally.

If you are studying with us presently (or have completed your studies) you will understand only too clearly what the challenges are: you are most likely working full time while studying content and concepts which are often difficult and demanding.

As you juggle these competing priorities it is not so surprising that...

It would not have been a pleasant break at the end of 2017 for those working in the power industry. General Electric (GE) is retrenching 12,000 employees from their electrical power division; it equates to 18 percent of their workforce. The European branches of GE Power seem to be the hardest hit; Switzerland and Germany are losing the most employees.

The company initially made its fortune when Thomas Edison’s idea for the incandescent light bulb was realized. In November 2017 -...

Dear Colleagues

 

I am always humbled by many people’s pride in what would initially appear to be a horrific job. These range from those who clean up often horrific levels of sewage and waste / work with toxic chemicals / operate on remote and harsh mine sites. You see the obvious level of pride and skill in their work coupled with a tremendous camaraderie and most importantly – a purpose in what they are doing.

 

And then I see some engineering professionals - often well...

The people of London, England, are officially one year away from using a new underground railway. Crossrail is a new railway that links up to the renowned Elizabeth Line; since 2009 the teams involved have been working around the clock to make it happen.

Engineers behind the project are calling it the most “ambitious infrastructure project since the Industrial Revolution”. Upon completion, Crossrail will be 118 kilometers (73 miles) long. 10 stations are also being constructed. By December...

By now you might have noticed that voice recognition hardware and software are growing exponentially. Companies including Google, Amazon, and Apple are developing technologies that allow humans to access the internet and control connected devices by using their voices.

The introduction of products such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home has piqued the interest of consumers. They can envision the benefits of these emerging virtual assistants and so can businesses.

Even Microsoft’s Windows...

The fourth industrial revolution is here, making us a part of the Internet of Things (IoT), whether we like it or not.

Artificial intelligence, big data, data generating sensors, robotics and automation are the kinds of innovations that are currently disrupting and indeed benefiting industry. One issue which is facing increasingly interconnected and intelligent enterprises (filled as they are with complex technology), is the shortage of employees skilled enough to use and manipulate these...

Tire development has always formed a large chunk of the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) research. After all NASA has to put robust tires on the rovers they use in space. In fact the exploration of an arid, somewhat unpredictable landscape is very much dependent on good tires.

Space exploration has advanced alongside the growing capabilities of technology. With new landscapes to be explored the tires needed to be more versatile and durable.

Despite...

Instead of entrusting a handful of engineers to design and build, why not open it to a world of engineers, or those who are enthusiastic about all things engineering?

Thanks to low-cost cloud computing, it is all possible. Collaborative engineering design was seen as far back as 2008 in the automotive industry, the company involved was Local Motors.

Founded in 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, Local Motors became an open-source motor vehicle design and manufacturing company.

Source: Local...

While Darryl Morrison is currently a Detail Draughtsman in the bulk materials handling industry, he has his eye on becoming a professional engineer.

I asked him what he did for Rula Bulk Materials Handling:

“We design and detail bulk material handling plants from concept to commissioning. I ensure that the designs I receive from the engineers are made into shop drawings so that the various workshops can fabricate the structural steelwork, machine mechanical components, process piping, and...

It is almost that time of the year again, the moment that sees out the old and welcomes in the new, on New Year’s Eve. In the seconds that take 23:59 in 2017 to 00:00 in 2018, bursts of fiery light will appear in the night skies around the world as displays of fireworks are triggered.

 

Some of the world’s grandest fireworks happen on Australia’s Sydney Harbor, on the United Kingdom’s London Eye, on France’s Eiffel Tower in Paris, and  on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, to name...

The conference focus this year: Students, Quality and Success, ran over three days, from the 29th November to the 1st December 2017 and was attended by 800 delegates, of which almost 100 were higher education students.

Steve Mackay, our Dean, and Caroline Patterson, our Compliance and Accreditation Manager, were selected to present their paper entitled: Australia’s first hands-on online engineering master degree. The graduation of our first cohort of Master of Engineering (Industrial...

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