Student Stories

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bobbie Garande works in the Electrical Utility industry. He is currently employed as a Technical Specialist at Western Power, an energy provider in Western Australia. He obtained his Advanced Diploma in Applied Electrical Engineering from EIT, in 2011.

Since then, he has gone on to earn his Master of Engineering Management through Southern Cross University in New South Wales and is now pursuing his Master of Project Management; he is on track to graduate in December 2018.

Garande says...

Grant Kirkby is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology. He studied Electrical Engineering through EIT, starting in 2009 and graduating in 2011.

He is now the director of a company that grapples with the most dangerous, most unpredictable forms of electrical current: lightning.

Lightning and High Voltage (HV) electrical discharge events are considered common in engineering industries where outside activities are performed. Those industries include:

  • Tented exploration...

Ntobeko Dan Xulu

Ntobeko Dan Xulu is an Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) graduate and grateful to his employer for the bursary they gave him to study with EIT. He has successfully obtained an Advanced Diploma in Plant Engineering.

 

He has been working at South Africa’s electricity utility, Eskom, for the last nine and a half years. When he joined the utility in 2008, he spent his time working as a project planner/ planning engineer, eventually becoming a technical...

At EIT, we are very pleased to receive the following feedback from one of our MIA01 Master Degree Graduates, Kannan Periyaiya.

Kannan says:

"I am very proud to have been one of the pioneers and batch of the first successful students to complete this course. This course was a huge challenge for me personally. As mentioned before that without the technical writing course skills and completion of MIA01 it would not have been possible. I was almost about to give up until Natalie Holland and...

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the online Master of Engineering in Industrial Automation through EIT."

"It has been difficult two years juggling between work, family and study but well worth it as I have gained a lot more knowledge and confidence to do my job well.

The delivery of online course was exceptional as I had a chance to interact with lecturers as well as other students from the luxury of my own place. In the beginning I was bit skeptical about the online mode of education but the...

Quintessential Talks

Tom Davies, is an asset and sewerage manager in Australia. He is working on the implementation of a lower budget online monitoring system for a rural wastewater/sewerage scheme in the Shire of Moora. He studied his Masters of Engineering at the Engineering Institute of Technology.

 

 

 

Pierre Vermoter has 23 years of experience in the mining, maintenance and construction sectors. He currently works for Murray & Roberts in cementation in their mine engineering design office. He is an accomplished mechanical technician with 16 years of ‘hands on’ technical experience. He has also spent some years in technically associated planning, procurement and sales, and then in mechanical and structural design.

Pierre says that the most fascinating development in the industry is the...

 

 

 

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is very proud to present a glimpse into the quite remarkable work being undertaken by our students completing the Master of Engineering in Industrial Automation.

 

These students, who are studying alongside their work in industry, are deep into the research for the thesis component of the degree. They have delivered the first of two progress presentations and it is clear that their projects will have...

Pardon Makura is an instrumentation and control technician at Eskom’s Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, South Africa. He was awarded the City & Guilds of London Institute’s Gold Medal for Excellency in Electronics in 2002, and earned the Licentiateship (LCGI) Diploma in Electronics,  in 2006.

And now he is an Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) alumnus. He completed one of our Certificate Courses in 2012 and at the end of 2016 he graduated from our Advanced Diploma in...

Endeavour Mining’s Karma mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is an open-pit mine that produces an estimated 190,000 ounces of gold annually. The mine started construction operations in April 2016, and is expected to run over a 10-year mine life.

The Former CEO of Endeavour, Neil Woodyer, before the operation began, said:

“Once in production, it will become our flagship low-cost mine and will rank amongst West Africa’s top tier cash generating mines.”

Simbarashe Mburuma has worked in...

Michael James Ingham is a Mechanical Inspector for the QA Team on the Ichthys LNG Downstream Project in Darwin, Australia. He recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology, obtaining his qualification in the Diploma of Leadership and Management.

In 1995, when Michael Ingham finished school he started his apprenticeship in Engineering Fabrication. “I spent a lot of time fabricating and welding in a workshop environment, using radial drills, lathes and milling machines. I...

EIT 2014 Graduate of the Year (Australia) Chris De Lange

Chris De Lange is our 2014 EIT Graduate of the Year and an inspiring citizen of the world.

As a young man, Chris graduated in 1979 as an electro-mechanical technician. He then worked in the steel industry, underground in black coal mines, as a foreman in an 8000 loaves an hour bakery and later as maintenance manager for four large bakeries. Then, after honing his skills in a number of other industries, he did the entrepreneurial thing and opened his own business; Extreme Welding...

Studying Engineering at Very Long Distance from Macquarie Island. EIT student Steve Szekely

Some special visitors just outside Steve’s study area  

One of our engineering students, Steve Szekely (pictured), is based at the Australian Antarctic Division station on very remote Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean. The base is a sub-Antarctic settlement of between 15 and 40 people located at the northern tip of the 34km by 5km island. The island is world heritage listed. We were curious about Steve’s life and work at the station and about how he managed his...

Efficiency and cost considerations mean that more and more people are turning to web-based course work, and this now includes 70 year old engineer Edwin Wakefield from South Africa.
 
Edwin has just successfully completed a three month part-time course in PLC’s and SCADA Systems, one of a range of courses offered by EIT via distance learning. Edwin enrolled in the class under his own steam and paid his own way, aiming to expand the knowledge he has developed during his career in...

Online training via the internet really is coming of age when two generations from one a South African company both enrol in the same distance learning course provided by a Perth-based company.
 
Elite Electrical Services is managed by the Liebenbergs, father and son in a family owned business based in Johannesburg. Both enrolled earlier this year in the Engineering Institute of Technology 18 month Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering. And both remain excited about the course...

A student on our recent Hazardous Areas course was kind enough to share some photos with us of a recent potentially hazardous encounter at a mine in Phalaborwa.

The mine is almost entirely occupied by wild life. Game farms and Nature reserves overlap, so the animals migrate over vast areas freely. There are lots of animals that frequently visit the mines in the area on a regular basis. These larger animals as well as the predatory animals very rarely come into contact with humans because of...

In a recent phone discussion with the EIT’s Ric Harrison, a Senior Course Advisor, the student made some very valid comments for people who are contemplating the value of adding a recognised qualification to their CV’s.

 

This student completed his Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation in 2010, and is just two Modules from finishing his Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering.

 

EIT:  You must value these courses, now that you have almost completed your...

Engineers and technicians are often expected to have a breadth of technical knowledge, sometimes spanning a range of disciplines. (This is despite increasing specialization in the workplace.)

To acquire broad skill sets is onerous and an ongoing endeavour, but does prevent tedium and boredom in the workplace. It also equates to improved employability because versatility is extraordinarily attractive to employers. (And for those considering a future in a business of their own, this...