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Is the world finally ready to embrace the significance of technical and vocational skills and in doing so bump higher education qualifications off their pedestals and out of their ivory towers?

 

The government of the United Kingdom is certainly addressing this traditional imbalance.

 

They are introducing a new ‘T-levels’ system that will run alongside the customary ‘A-levels’, with a plan to implement it by 2019. ‘T-levels’ would prepare a student for further study in...

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EIT will be exhibiting at Career Indaba, South Africa’s premier further education and career guidance exhibition.  The event  attracts approximately 60,000 visitors annually and will feature over 60 local and international exhibitors.

If you have been considering an EIT program or have questions about our course options, who not come and speak to a representative?  It’s free to attend!

You can visit us at stand 1A on 5th and 6th March 2017, Sandton Convention Centre...

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Higher education is changing because governments are changing. The benefit from higher education, for the individual and the country, where the qualification is put to work, is invaluable. Building toward a brighter future for oneself, whilst growing an economy, makes higher education the main vehicle that drives up the potential of a country and its people.

Evolving governments need to secure the employment of professionals produced by higher education institutions to ensure their countries...

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) and IDC Technologies have been running a successful series of complimentary 45 minute Engineering webinars. So far we have run 12 sessions which have had hundreds of registrations for each session.


 

Upcoming topics include:


 

  • Troubleshooting PLCs - A toolbox of suggestions to look for in troubleshooting your PLC ranging from CPU, I/O Modules to communications
  • 10 Tips for Tuning of PID Loops - A quick toolbox of tips...

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The winner of the James Dyson Award has been announced. The award was created to highlight the best of the best in industrial engineering product design. A 22-year-old student from Loughborough University named Will Broadway walked away with the highest honors for an industrial design that has the potential to save millions of lives around the world. 

Broadway is an industrial design graduate at Loughborough and has designed an "Isobar" that keeps vaccines at the right...

Engineers...it’s time to talk about your feelings. Starting your career in engineering can be  a daunting undertaking. Are you happy with how your engineering career is progressing? Are you afraid of your future in engineering? Are you considering studying something else? Are you coping with the workload? Is the money worth what you’re doing right now? Are you generally happy? These are the kinds of questions that would make someone working in engineering - or studying towards working in...

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Robotic process automation is another layer of automation that can be added to industrial operations, business and enterprise. It refers to a software component that automates a task that would have previously been done by a human. Companies would invest into these software packages to eliminate redundant tasks, using artificial intelligence modules that can learn and adapt to how an enterprise is run and supply data and analytics of a company. Engineers that own businesses would be able to...

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Amidst an Australian election and a British exit from the European Union, engineering has never been more relevant to politics. Engineering industries are the ones that keep a country running, and those industries need to stay afloat in uncertain political environments. We have recently reported on how important STEM-related industries and education is to the future of Australia's GDP. We have also recently focused on how a Brexit has forced engineering industries in the UK to link arms and...

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The Hay Group division of Korn Ferry, a recruitment firm dedicated to supplying  people and organizations with work advice, has conducted research into how much more engineers make than their peers. The study looked at 42,500 graduate engineers and students in 770 different organizations in the United Kingdom. The study found that those who had graduated with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees earned 20% more than their peers. The study found that engineers...

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South Australia is getting the push the rest of the world is in desperate need of. 25 primary schools will be the first to get a host of new upgraded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics equipment in November. The hope is that the new equipment will inspire children to continue to pursue STEM careers later on in life. The funding for the project will top AU$250 million and will be coming out of the State Budget. 77 primary schools and 44 high schools will reportedly see...

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Structural engineers work in the field of analyzing structures. They are the hunter-gatherers of finding  forces, stresses and deflections that all work towards building a strong structure. They also study the design of structures. They will know which materials work best and how they need to be positioned to ensure that a structure doesn't come tumbling down. This means analyzing the distribution of load in a structure. The functionality of a structure also needs to be...

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The Economics and Statistics Administration within the United States' Department of Commerce have sent out their report titled Women in STEM:  A Gender Gap to Innovation. The report alludes to what multiple reports in the first six months of 2016 have alluded to -- there are not enough women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforces. The Economics and Statistics Administration have crunched the numbers and have provided a clear picture of how big the STEM gender gap...

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The Association for Advancing Automation has released a white paper that deals with how robotics is fueling the next wave of productivity and job growth in the United States. Some industries are experiencing the robot revolution first hand, where industrial robots are starting to take jobs away from humans. Automation in industrial sectors is constantly improving the efficiency of several manufacturing industries The white paper calls the recent development in robotics an "integral part of...

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Online education has grown in leaps and bounds in the last decade. However, the legitimacy of gaining an online tertiary degree has been questioned by several employers all around the world. The issue being that the trusted universities sometimes don't offer their most important courses online. What we're left with are online speciality courses that don't hold much water in the world of employment, but are encouraging to an employer, granted you have a degree from a respected university that...

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Some jobs are just not going to come back. Those were the words spoken by Barack Obama at a recent town hall meeting when talking about how automation is changing employment in the United States of America. Recently, we reported, that Germany had pulled ahead of the U.S. when it came to adopting new industrial automation technologies. Nonetheless, Obama assured the crowd that new jobs in new industries would be made available once the robots replace humans inside factories.

Obama said: "But...

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What's the difference between a Bachelor of Arts degree and a pizza? A pizza can feed an entire family. 

Yes, we've all heard the joke and been subjected to the scorn of students who believe their degrees are more superior when compared to humanities degrees. It is no secret; universities are filled with some students who want to degrade certain degrees because they believe they are doing the degree that will guarantee them a job in their respective industry. 

McGraw-Hill...

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If you're an engineering student currently studying towards your dream job, you've probably heard the question asked. When you make it into the industry, what is the dream company you'd want to work for? There's nothing wrong with setting your sights on some of the biggest engineering firms in the world because you never know when you might just get your big break. However, with thousands of fellow graduates getting their degrees and dreaming the same dreams, the industry is a tough one to...

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You've got your honours in chemical engineering, you're a junior engineer-in-training, you have less than 4 years of experience at a firm and suddenly you get fired. What do you do? Do you try and get your masters in chemical engineering? Do you try and find a job unrelated to engineering? What can be done? This was a question recently posed to anonymous engineers on a social media site and the reflection of the engineers currently working in the industry could inspire you to take control of...

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In March 2015 the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa committed to funding a program that would see $67.6 million making its way into the industrial sector to create more black industrialists and engineers. The program was set up to further diversify the working force behind industrialists and engineers in the country. 

Pricewaterhouse Coopers summarized the basic operations of the program. They wrote: "The concept of black industrialists refers to black people who are...

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Chinese engineers have unveiled the world's longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The bridge serves as a skywalk from one side of the canyon to the other. And it's very strong. So strong that they decided to hold an event to show off its strength that included a journalist taking a sledgehammer to the glass walkway. To add to the anxiety of standing on a glass bridge, the engineers allowed a car to be driven on the glass surface. 

The glass bridge...

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Engineers have to work in teams. It's seldom that an engineer won't have to face a team dynamic at some point. The problem some people have is behaving accordingly when working with a team. You either do well at teamwork or you don't. The issue is, sometimes it is unavoidable. An engineer might end up working with other hot-headed engineers and suddenly a conflict arises. The shocking fact is that sometimes conflict might be a good thing. All you have to do is read Steve Jobs' biography to see...

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Engineering failures continue to plague African countries. Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana have been under heavy scrutiny by both its people and its governments due to unsafe civil engineering practices that have left many dead in the last few years. In Nigeria, the lack of a structural engineer was one of the reasons given for the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations that left 115 people dead. In Kenya, after the collapse of a six-storey building, the Deputy Governer of Nairobi said that...

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The world is moving at a fast pace in the twenty-first century. It's easy to have mastered the skills necessary to do a job, just to find yourself years down the road with a whole set of new skills you have to learn to remain employable to a company. It happens in many engineering industries due to how technology is constantly updated, software changes, hardware gets replaced, a robot takes the repetitive task you used to do. etcetera. You could even be fresh out of high school not knowing...

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The engineering world wants hard-earned academic qualifications. It's no lie. A degree from a well-known, respected university can get you a job. However, do you have experience? This is where engineering apprenticeships come in. A student studying towards their Masters Engineering levels could see themselves taking part in an apprenticeship and equipping themselves with even more engineering skills which will lead to a lucrative career. Learning practical skills in an industry-specific...

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A company named ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has conducted a study, singling out the best universities for different kinds of engineering. As expected, American universities posted high results, however, other countries were found to be climbing the ladder. The report's name was the Global Raking of Academic Subjects for 2016. The study evaluated more than 350 universities and colleges. 

The research took a look at the top 30 universities per engineering...

Dartmouth College has made engineering history. The college has had more women than male graduates in engineering studies. Dartmouth, since 2015, had implemented a quota that saw at least 37 percent of engineering classes consisting of female students. In 2016, the number of female attendees stood at 54 percent of the class. Meaning, more women graduated than men. The United States sees only one-fifth of undergraduate engineering degrees going to women, but Dartmouth has just undercut that...

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Australia's performance in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects has gone backwards, according to current Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull. The Prime Minister is saying that subjects in STEM fields should be made compulsory for all Australian students in high school, and should also be made a requirement when applying for university admittance. The warning comes in a time where Australia faces a shortage of professionals in STEM industries.

As a result...

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Engineering education needs a major rethink in India. The National Employability Report has revealed that less than 8 percent of engineering graduates in India are employable in "core engineering roles". The report indicated that the skills gap prevalent in the engineering industry in India is crippling the number of hires. 

This is the second report of the year that has surveyed the engineering situation in the country. In January, a separate study revealed that 80% of the...

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Australia's Productivity Commission has spoken out against political parties who have encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects in school. The Commission says the $48 million project was "wrongheaded" and only added to the number of unemployed graduates in the country. The qualm is that the parties are trying to shape a market without letting it run its own course. 

The Labor Party have said that STEM graduates are not doing well with regards to finding jobs in Australia. According to...

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we once again have to repeat that augmented reality is coming to engineering and in a big way. Recently, we have been talking about how the Microsoft Hololens could factor into engineering industries, specifically in construction. Now, engineering firm, Aecom, has confirmed our rumors. They will be running a "pilot project" that will see engineers using the "mixed-reality" goggles on construction projects. 

Integrating mixed reality into...

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Computer science or computer engineering? What are the differences? Okay, another question: Computer science & engineering or Electrical & computer engineering? The difference could lead you into a different job. 

The first difference, according to PayScale's College Salary Report of 2016, is the salary. Computer science & engineering students will make $69,100 in early career pay with a bachelor's. Electrical & computer engineering (ECE) will make $67,000 in early...

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There is an engineering employment problem in Africa. We recently reported on South Africa engineering graduates that had taken to the streets with cardboard signs and begged passing motorists for jobs. The two graduates that had gained some social media fame both has their honours in chemical engineering. Now, in Kenya, a graduate with his bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a diploma in project management has begged for a job as well. 

His name is Gilbert Mutai. He...

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As the Internet of Things grows and grows, it continues to contribute to the fourth industrial revolution, connecting appliances all over the world to networks that are vulnerable to hackers. Getting your Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering could be getting you a good looking salary in the world of today. Furthermore, professionals are encouraging students to consider going into cybersecurity due to the skills gap prevalent in workplaces today. 

Shockingly, according to the...

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Good news for engineers in the automotive industry! General Motors is rumored to be adding 1,000 engineering jobs in Ontario, Canada. These engineers will be involved in developing self-driving technology, cloud-connected car technology, and other projects GM might be busy with.  An unidentified source - who spoke to the Globe and Mail - confirmed the rumors saying that the Oshawa branch would get 300 new engineering jobs, whilst the Markham branch would get 700 new jobs, all in...

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) released their 'Global Challenge Insight Report' document that dealt with the future of jobs in the world and how jobs would be changing from present day to 2022. The report was named The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

"Today, we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and...

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In a recent study conducted by academic contributors to a website called Econotimes, it was found that in 80% of countries, girls experience negative emotions towards mathematics. The researchers claim females at a young age have anxiety towards STEM subjects and as a result, we see less and less female engineers in the world. 

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The research has been conducted since 2012 and now the results have been published in a journal titled: Countries with Higher...

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32,000 Australian students opted to study overseas in 2014. These statistics were compiled by a group named Universities Australia. The study showed that from 2008 to 2014 the number of students who left Australia to study overseas grew from 15,058 students to 31,912 students. Where are they going? The report claims a lot do go to English-speaking countries but China has been a draw card for some. 

The main destinations were listed

  1. The United...

What are the top universities to study at if you are serious about having a career in engineering? What are the top notch institutes that would definitely get you employment in the engineering industry? Times Higher Education says they have come up with the definitive top 10 list. They have ranked them according to their readiness to produce premium engineering education. 

Unsurprisingly, the top 10 list names a lot of universities that have impeccable research and development...

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Engineering careers are far and few between in the United States. The Labor Department in the country said that only 38,000 jobs across all industries were added in the last month which would be the lowest growth numbers in the last five and a half years. 

The industries that particularly struggled to employ any new employees were engineering fields. Construction, manufacturing, oil and gas industries saw the biggest losses in May. Capital Economics Chief economist, Paul Ashworth...

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Is engineering suffering a lack of interest in the world today? Is science the new normal for students who desire a career in a profitable STEM industry? STEMJobs.com defines the divide between engineering and science quite nicely: "Engineering boils down to how things work...Scientists observe the world...Science creates questions, while engineering creates solutions." So, why then are students ditching engineering for science-focused subjects and even humanities subjects in...

The first carmaker to jump onto the Internet of Things industrial revolution bandwagon has announced a new network it plans to connect all its vehicles to. Toyota in collaboration with Japanese telecommunications company, KDDI Corp., will be connecting vehicles to the cloud. The companies want to design a "uniform data communication module" that can be used to connect cars globally and will be installed in cars in Japan and the United States by 2020. The automaker has expressed a desire to...

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Hey budding engineer! Want to work for Total, Chevron, BP and even OPEC? Become a petroleum engineer. However, the oil world is a tough business to get into right now. Should you even get involved during the oil slow-down that is happening due to the push for renewable energies? 

OPEC is currently holding talks to debate the oil crisis looming over the world as oil prices continue to plummet. A French analyst, Abhishek Deshpande talking to the Wall Street Journal said: "If oil...

In just seven days you can make a man, all you have to do is ask Tim Curry. However, how long would it take to make a self-driving car? Engineering students from the Waterford Institue of Technology (WIT), Ireland, have the answer. Twelve weeks. The engineers utilized the university's Applied Robotics Lab and as a result, got a Toyota Corolla to drive itself down a street on campus. 

Jason Berry, a lecturer at the university said: "One of the coolest sounds we ever heard on a project...

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Engineers are seeing the business opportunities with the rise of the Internet of Things. The booming industry presents a chance for new companies to be created, new inventions and innovations to be brought to the world and for more efficient machines to be built. A former engineer from Google has even started his own internet-of-things startup company named Afero

Joe Britt, the former Google engineer and founder and CEO of Afero, said, "Everybody who wanted to build a...

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Renewable power is making strides in Europe. Britain is said to be the dark horse of the energy storage game right now, Germany ran on full renewable energy for a few hours and Portugal did a four-day stint on completely renewable energy. However, academics are poking holes in some of the plans that these governments might have as they move their countries to renewable energy. Researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich say that government subsidies need to be used to...

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There is an oil field in Qatar that is considered the largest offshore field in the world and it needs a new operator. It is called the Al Shaheen field and the bids have been flying in from the usual suspects, BP, Shell, Maersk Oil (who ran the field for 25 years), Total and a whole bunch of others. The oil field is 50 miles long and produces 300,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters. Most of the companies denied to comment on their bids, but whoever is successful in their bid will be in...

MIT seeks to innovate again. This time, researchers are attempting to make electronics out of coal. The only way this would be possible is if the coal was repurposed from what we use it for today to thin coal films. The researchers say they've developed four thin films of coal: anthracite, lignite, and two bituminous types. They have used the repurposed coal to make electrical heating devices that the researchers say can defrost "car windows or airplane wings". They say it could even be a...

Universities in the United States are going to great lengths to prove that their engineering courses are female-friendly. The University of Wyoming recently held an event called Women in STEM, that saw 500 young women from grades 7 to 12 interact with fields that in recent history have been overrun by men. The event is one of many events that have been held across the United States to attempt to further convince young women that a career in a STEM field would be beneficial to their...

The University of California, Davis and Santa Cruz branches, have accepted a twelve-year-old student who already has three degrees behind his name. He might be enrolling for biomedical engineering but doesn't know which university he wants to attend.  What he does know is that he has aspirations to become a doctor and medical researcher when he finishes his studies at the ripe age of eighteen-years-old. His name is Tanishq Abraham 

"I think I'll be 18 when I get my MD," Tanishq...

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Getting your honours degree in chemical engineering should lead to employment regardless of the country you got in, right? In South Africa, chemical engineers are taking to the streets to physically beg for jobs in the industry. Social media has sparked a conversation about graduates not being able to get jobs after two photos purportedly showing graduates begging for jobs found their way onto Facebook and Twitter this week. 

Both pictures show citizens of the country that claim to have...

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.