Student Stories

Shkumbuzo Khoza is an EIT graduate from South Africa.

He first began his career in the engineering when he graduated from Evander College, studying his N2 through to his N6 certificate. This meant that he had successfully obtained a national technical certificate with special focus on electro-mechatronic engineering, certifying him as a millwright.

Shkumbuzo tried to get a millwright learnership but was unfortunately not successful in doing so. However, he vowed not to give up and would...

Jacques Esterhuizen is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate from South Africa, who earned his 52810WA - Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering in 2017. However, he has wanted to be an engineer ever since he was a  child.

“I was always interested in engineering from a very young age. I would disassemble and assemble equipment all the time. My father was an electrician, a superintendent and building contractor — he was the one to expose me to the industry.”


Gaston Kausa is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate from Zambia who earned his 52724WA - Advanced Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. He felt an instant connection to engineering when in high school he was introduced to the technical drawing subject.

“I fell in love with the subject,” he said. “From then on, my mind was made up that my career was going to be in the engineering industry.

What followed was a lifetime of acquiring skills and qualifications to validate...

Fortune Chipeta was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He earned his Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation with the Engineering Institute of Technology between 2014 and 2015. The Advanced Diploma is now one of many qualifications Fortune has amassed across his engineering career.  

Fortune loves the world of engineering, particularly in the electrical realm. However, he was quick to discover that automation was revolutionizing the industry he had always adored. He is now working...

Simona Capparella comes from a family of engineers in Italy. From a young age she was destined to follow in her father’s footsteps and work her way up to being a reliable, dynamic female engineer.

“My father is a very respected engineer in my hometown, he was a teacher and started a career as a design engineer in Italy in 1990,” she said.

“Both my father and uncle were electrical systems teachers. They were the people who encouraged me to study engineering, and instilled a great love for...

Lonwabo Busakwe is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate. He is working in the Renewable Energy industry, particularly within the wind turbines space with a company named Nordex and Acciona Windpower. He completed his 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Power Industry) with EIT.

His daily responsibilities include the service and maintenance of the wind turbines, the troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical faults, checking the SCADA systems, and...

Ronil Shama is a recent Engineering Institute of Technology graduate. He earned his 52708WA - Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation, adding qualifications to his CV and growing his skill set. He knew he needed to study Industrial Automation because he saw the face of the mining industry - the industry he has spent his entire career in - changing.

He started his career back in 1996 in Fiji where he was studying Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the Fiji Institute of Technology...

Festus Tawii was born and raised in Namibia. He is currently working for his country as a DC technician at NamPower, Namibia’s power utility. He is also currently studying with the Engineering Institute of Technology.

Festus’ story is one that speaks of rising above the odds and achieving success no matter the circumstances. He said, “I always wanted to be an electrical engineer, but did not have the finances to become one.

“My mother and my father could not afford for me and my older...

Sam Bates is a graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology who recently earned his 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. He works in the automation industry in the United Kingdom and is employed as a controls engineer. But, it has been a journey to get to where he is today. Sam says:

“I left school at the tender age of 16 and went to engineering college to learn the very basics in engineering. While I was there, I got offered an apprenticeship at a local engineering...

Jessica Ann Mckenty is an Apprentice Communications Technician at Ergon Energy. She is a noteworthy graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology. In October of 2018, Jessica graduated with a 52782WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Data Communications, Networking & IT. 

Jessica completed the Advanced Diploma in the final eighteen months of her apprenticeship at Ergon Energy. Through her academic endeavors and her apprenticeship, Jessica became equipped with everything she...

At the end of the 80s, in the far west of outback New South Wales, in an inland mining city known as Broken Hill, Cindy McGeorge embarked on an Electrical Fitting apprenticeship. And now, with a 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering, she is an alumnus of the Engineering Institute of Technology.

Her life has been defined by becoming a mother, relocating, pursuing further education and her dreams in the electrical engineering industry. What follows is an interesting...

Douglas Black is a graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology. He recently completed his Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation and was a perfect candidate for online education and training. 

Douglas currently works in the iron ore mining industry. His daily responsibilities include controlling one of the world’s largest bulk ore loading facilities — which pertains to control system governance, fault finding and general maintenance, and productivity...

Algate Panyika Mtemah is an Engineering Institute of Technology born and bred in Zimbabwe. He is currently working in the Metal and Minerals Processing Plant industry. He studied EIT's 52724WA - Advanced Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. To say he has done it all is an understatement.

He is fond of the application of knowledge in innovative engineering design, construction, operation, and maintenance. His daily responsibilities include quantity costing of mining project processing...

Mildred Nanono is a Control and Instrumentation Engineer at the Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations, maintained and operated by Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL). She is using her engineering skills in hydropower generation. She says:

"I joined Eskom Uganda as a graduate Electrical Engineer trainee. While working towards graduation, I gained experience in both high voltage and low voltage hydropower plant systems. Currently, I am specializing in control and instrumentation with a special interest in...

Cameron Russell Bourne is an engineering and technical specialist with a background in Energy, Oil & Gas and Heavy Marine industries. He is currently employed at Synergy, a large energy supplier in Western Australia as a Mechanical Technician.

His day-to-day responsibilities at Synergy see him presiding over a plethora of systems. He says:

“I perform a wide range of tasks including inspection; fault diagnosis, investigations, condition monitoring, reliability testing, balancing...

Ian Shivraj Doolun is originally from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics with first class honors at Monash University. Upon obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering, he got offered a job at one of the best companies in automation and process control in Mauritius, where he worked for two and a half years as an Industrial Control Programmer.

Ian wanted to develop his career further and gain the cutting-edge automation knowledge needed as...

Hassan Mwanjali is an Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) graduate who acquired his Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering. He is currently working at the Diplomatic Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania as a Maintenance Engineer.

“I oversee the satisfactory conduct of property services including but not limited to Embassy of Japan general maintenance, power systems, power generators installations, and maintenance, electrical installation works, air conditioning...

Petro Chisale is never in one place for too long -- he goes where his electrical and instrumentation expertise is required. He graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) with an Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities.

After high school, Petro attended Masvingo Polytechnic in Masvingo, Zimbabwe to do an electrical power engineering course. After he obtained his qualification, he became a class one journeyman...

Gorataone is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology; he has an Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. He is also a married man with three children; we congratulate him for ably juggling full time work, a family and his studies!

His career in the engineering world began at the Debswana Diamond mine in Botswana. While at the mine he became a control and instrumentation technician and, within the coal-fired plants, he worked with a 33MW pulverized boiler and 600MW fluidized...

In 2002, Fortunate Nyamidembo began pursuing a career in the engineering industry. By 2005, he had graduated with a National Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering and acquired a Trade Test Certificate.

He also obtained a Certificate of Compliance to become a Wireman License holder. Recently, he graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).

He has recently experienced a period of transition within his...

Oyama Khanyisile Vundla is a 24-year old young woman from a township named Madadeni in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. She recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology, acquiring an Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering.

A middle child, Oyama has two brothers, but was raised by her grandmother after her mother died. She says that her grandmother was dubious about her wanting to become an engineer.

“She had her doubts that I would make it in an...

David Beeson is a former metallurgical engineer who discovered a passion for process control, despite his initial misgivings when still an undergraduate student; he found it a difficult and confusing subject at university. Now he has a blossoming career in the field and ensures he stays abreast of changes in the industry by pursuing professional development.

In fact David has recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology, with a Master of Engineering in Industrial...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mthulisi Mlalazi Thenga is a 28-year old, qualified Control & Instrumentation technician. He mainly specializes in system integration & automation. In 2005, Mthulisi graduated from high school in Zimbabwe, but decided to migrate to Botswana. He would visit Kgalagadi Breweries in the region and be fascinated by the automated processes at the plant.  He ended up spending some time in the technical departments there assisting with the electrical, control and instrumentation...

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...

Martin Mutale works in the mining industry.

He began his career with a craft certificate in electrical systems. After working for five years, he pursued a diploma in electrical engineering at a university in Zambia, which he did not complete.

After another seven years in the industry he realised that he had to upskill. Through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Martin now has two qualifications, a Professional Certificate in PLCs and SCADA Systems and an Advanced Diploma of...

Marcel Maughan is an Automation and Breakdown Specialist for a company named IMP. The company is a world leader in automating sample preparation and analysis equipment for mining and sample laboratories. His responsibilities include installing, servicing, and repairing the automation equipment at IMP.

A career in automation, however, has been quite the journey for Marcel. He completed high school in 1997, with a dream of becoming an Electrical Engineer. The only snag was his family could not...

Murray Langley attended a career exhibition during his final year of high school. He came across a stall run by the South African Institute of Measurement and Control (SAIMC) and knew that he had found what he was looking for. He applied for a trainee position in the Instrumentation and Automation field with Iscor Ltd (now part of the steel company Arcelor-Mittal).  He filled the position straight out of high school and has never looked back.

He began further studies in 2011 and has...

Sebastian Govender works for oil giant Saudi Aramco. He works in the Project Management Division, in Mega Projects in the Oil & Gas industry, in Jazan Economic City.

When he began working in Saudi Arabia, in 2013, he worked on the Jazan Refinery Mega Project. He was on the Project Management Team as an instrumentation engineer, specializing in Detail Design. He then moved over to PMT Construction. He currently manages the construction/pre-commissioning for E&I in the Gas Treatment...

As we rapidly move through our first year of hosting on-campus students, we are consistently experiencing lots of ‘firsts’. In their first year of study, our students take part in a site-visit to gain a little insight into the engineering industry they have chosen.



Recently, one of our first-year Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering) students, Hamza Baig completed his first industrial site-visit.  I had the pleasure of interviewing...

Tatenda Nherera
Picture: Inspecting, testing and fixing a variable frequent drive for a roller iron at Livingston Hospital in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Tatenda Nherera is an EIT graduate, having obtained his Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities (DEI). He grew up in Gweru, Zimbabwe, but now lives in South Africa.

I asked him when the engineering bug bit. He believes it was when he was just 10 years old: he would pick through the...


Ebenezer Opoku-Yeboah is an engineering enthusiast working in the mining industry. He is a registered engineering superintendent with Ghana Chamber of Mines. He obtained his sectional engineers certification in April 2011, but has twenty years of experience in both mobile and fixed plants, specifically focusing on maintenance and installation works.

He is presently employed by Gold Field Ghana Tarkwa as Chief Engineer and is presiding over Maintenance and Projects. He has been with them for...

Bruce Scallan is a Facilities Manager at Reutech Communications. The company specialises in technologically advanced secure military communications systems. In South Africa, Reutech’s parent company, Reunert Limited (a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company) has been a key supplier of equipment to the South African National Defence Force for 47 years. 

Scallan has four core responsibilities as the Facilities Manager:

● Management of plant maintenance, utilities, and support services....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Andrew Grant (46) is an International Specialist Electrical Contractor, a business owner and a commissioning engineer. Despite these successes he was looking to remain relevant in our ever-changing world; he recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering. His studied through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) and has now won the EIT Outstanding Student of the Year award for 2017.

Andrew has been involved in the electrical transmission and...

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2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up

Course completed: Advanced Diploma Electrical Engineering (DEE22)

Date completed: 10/2017

Seshni Naidoo is a South African woman aspiring to become an engineer in the electrical engineering industry. Despite this she set out in a slightly different direction.

On completing her schooling in 2007 she enrolled at the Vaal University of Technology to pursue a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering.

With this chemical qualification...

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When I learnt that Yoni Wa Mbayo Zengwe wakes up to study and sharpen his professional skills for two hours every morning before work, the rest was not surprising. He is a proficient programmer, follows best practice in industrial communications design, is experienced in installation and commissioning, and is a master of process control and advanced process control - the list goes on.

How has he acquired all this?


He began by completing a National Diploma in Electrical...

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Kevin Hagen works in the plant and process industry; he is the principal engineer at GHD Consulting Engineers. He works in hazardous areas; grappling especially with flammable gases and dusts.

He studied for his Advanced Diploma in Applied Electrical Engineering through EIT, in 2011. After his graduation he joined the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and is now pursuing his chartered status as an engineering associate.


Kevin says that his EIT qualification formalized...

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.