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The World Economic Forum is inviting other industrial companies to study nine world-leading smart factories they have identified as having the latest in automation technology.

Not surprisingly, these ‘manufacturing lighthouses' as the WEF call them, utilize the Industrial Internet of Things, and in their opinion show the most promise in Fourth Industrial Revolution implementation.

WEF are helping build seven more to join the other nine already in existence.

Factories are becoming far...

Artificial Intelligence may be the key to empowering rural education and ensuring a future where no students get left behind.

At least that's what venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee believes.

The momentum behind Artificial Intelligence does not seem to be slowing down. Some of the biggest companies in the world are utilizing it: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla.

According to Kai-Fu Lee, the best place to capitalize on AI is China. It's there that he is known as the Oracle of AI. He is also a...

The Engineering Institute of Technology visited Kathmandu in Nepal, meeting with students and families in the area to encourage ongoing engineering education and skills development. Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and is located mainly in the Himalayas. It has an estimated population of 26.4 million people. It is the 48th largest country by population in the world.

In December, the Nepali Times published an article entitled: The Science of Learning. It highlighted the need for...

The Australian government is favouring universities and neglecting the vocational training sector. This is according to recent reports issued by the Australian Industry Group (AI Group). They charge the government with funding bias.

The AI Group says that tertiary education is “seriously unbalanced, has no coherent policy and lacks a universal funding framework”.

Source: AI Group

AI Group chief executive Innes Willox indicated that funding for qualifications heavily favours...

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...

Dear Colleagues

It is always hard to know genuinely how well or badly you are doing in your job when you try and get honest opinions from those around you. Especially if you are leading a team. The last thing on their mind is for a team member to give you an honest appraisal of how you are doing. In case it damages their position or irritates you. Thus you will often hear that you are tracking extraordinarily well and are the epitomy of success. Often this is very far from the truth.

Thus...

The week of the 14th of January 2019 was an eventful week in Zimbabwe. Weekend protests against the doubling of the fuel price in Zimbabwe spilled over into the Monday - and the government was ready to retaliate.

Citizens woke to an SMS alert from their biggest mobile operator, EWZ:

“Further to a warrant issued by the Minister of State in the President’s Office for the National Security through the Director General of the President’s Dept, acting in terms of the Interception of...

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...

Hi everyone,

A few weeks back we sent an email out to our students regarding their overall experiences with the Remote Labs. The feedback we received was extremely comprehensive; allowing us to identify and mitigate the primary points of confusions.

To subsequently amend this, we are rolling out a new version of the Remote Labs. The new version consists primarily of minor tweaks and fixes, but we have a few major updates listed below that you might like.

The new version will be rolled...

Mechanical engineers are ready to unveil the mechanical clean energy technology that has been 10 years in the making.

The engineering firm behind it is named Makani, a company tied to Alphabet’s Google X Lab. The purpose of the company is to ‘create radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems’.

One of the more renowned projects that have come from Google X Lab is Project Loon; specially engineered balloons that could be launched into the stratosphere and provide...

As 2019 begins another year of engineering innovation lies ahead.

This year’s engineering buzzword is: REVOLUTION. The cutting edge technologies that have begun to change the way engineers are educated and the way they perform their tasks in the workplace will only increase.

The Engineer, a UK based engineering magazine, has outlined what technologies will see ongoing development in 2019:

  • Electric-powered mobility
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial...

An earthquake rocked the city of Anchorage in the state of Alaska on Friday the 30th of November 2018. On the Richter scale, it measured in at 7.0. Since then 1,000 aftershocks have been observed. Not since 1964 had there been such an intense earthquake in the area.

Thankfully, there were no deaths or serious injuries reported in the aftermath of the quake. However, infrastructure was hit incredibly hard. Roadways in Anchorage were damaged, and water lines were ruptured. Natural gas workers...

A substantive reduction in the global workforce - due to automation - is expected to occur in the next 3 years. However, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), some businesses are more excited than anxious.

The WEF report states that 38% of businesses are positive about the future of jobs; they ‘expect to extend their workforce to new productivity-enhancing roles’. Inevitably the new roles will entail new tasks, so to avoid skills shortages companies and educators need to...

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...

Engineers often borrow from the natural world and biological processes for their work. But there was one natural process engineers could not fathom, or rather failed to take the time to figure out. Why, or how it is that a wombat’s faecal matter is cube-shaped.

The process of copying some of nature’s principles and using them as inspiration for engineering design is called ‘biomimicry’. But how the study of wombat stools could contribute to the engineering industry has not, up until now...

Another Black Friday and a Cyber Monday have come and gone, as has Christmas and Boxing Day.

According to VOX, it is estimated that the US Postal Service makes 850 million deliveries from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That equates to a lot of parcel deliveries via a host of transportation technologies.

Executive Director at The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago pointed out back in 2016 that US C02 emissions from transport eclipsed power stations for the first time...

With the proliferation of renewable energy, industrial automation and electrical engineers are banding together to create the power grids of the future. The latest automated mechanisms making factories more efficient are also making their way into the electricity distribution industry - for smarter power grids.

Future-proof energy grids which use intelligent, automated technologies are being targeted by governments around the world. They are, however, expected to improve on coal-powered...

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...

On Friday 23rd November the Perth team at the Engineering Institute of Technology was all dressed up and in celebration mode: we were delighted to be gathered to congratulate our 2018 Australian graduates.

A number of these clever people had convened, from all around Australia, and were also joined by Algate Mtemah, a student who had flown in from South Africa.

We not only celebrated the graduates themselves, their persistence and hard work, but also their incredible families and friends...

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...

At TEQSA’s third annual conference in Melbourne, at the end of November, Dr Steve Mackay presented a paper on the Development of a Career Advisory Site; it summarised his research to date - applying machine learning techniques to millions of job adverts around the world. Caroline Patterson also attended the conference and interacted vigorously at the QA Online Learning Forum.

Despite the software still being in its infancy, Steve’s presentation (his latest project) involves the creation of a...

The technological advancement in education has lagged behind other industries. Yet there are technologies available that would transform the classroom, the lecture hall, or even a person’s home, and ultimately transform learning.

The Future of Management Education Alliance wants to bring these technologies to the learners of the 21st century. The alliance is headed up by the Imperial College Business School who plan to introduce hologram technology to their MBA students.

The Imperial...

2018 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, of the eleventh hour in 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany signed a treaty that ended the war.

World War I was a turning point in warfare. In its time, it was the most significant war with the most modern warfare equipment ever invented — Mortars, machine guns, rifles, poison gas and the surprising entrant of the flamethrower. But it wasn't just the handheld equipment and biological...

With the festive season just around the corner, it might be time to start planning your next vacation. While on holiday, you might be able to admire some impressive feats of civil engineering. That much is true if you're visiting the Maldives this year.

A structural engineer from Auckland is making news around the globe. His name is Michael Murphy, and he has built a hotel...underwater. Murphy is world-famous for his work on aquariums and underwater restaurants. He graduated with a Bachelor...

President of the United States, Donald Trump, phoned American Navy service members on Thanksgiving to discuss their aircraft catapult system.

On the phone with the commander of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, Trump asked a few questions about the system they were using. Catapults are used to get the aircraft airborne which would otherwise be impossible with the short runways the ships have. The USS Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, utilizing a steam-powered...

It's the year 2021. You are on a cruise ship, soaking in the sun, inhaling crystal clean air, and drinking a cocktail. While you're on this vacation, it never occurs to you that the very ship you are on is being powered by rotten fish.

Yep. The Norwegian cruise liner group Hurtigruten is planning to power their ships using biogas, liquified natural gas (LNG) and solar-powered battery packs. Biogas is made with organic material like dead plants and animal waste. The company will speed up the...

For 15 years, the city of Gweru in central Zimbabwe has been increasingly dry, with water failing to flow into one of their reservoirs. However new water infrastructure would cost the council US $10 million. Since Zimbabwe is enduring extraordinarily tough economic times, an expense of this magnitude was daunting.

As is so often the case, a group of engineers managed to save the day! With little in their public coffers, the Zimbabwean government enlisted the help of the German Development...

Can a construction crew finish building a house in a week?

What about in 24 hours?

Winsun (also known as Yingchuang Building Technique) is a Chinese construction company that can 3D print a house in 24 hours. The company is at the forefront of 3D printing architecture. Founded in 2003, Winsun currently holds 151 national patents pertaining to their construction materials.

The company has also been recognized as an essential contributor to the ‘one belt one road' policy. The Chinese...

Friday 30 November is Systems Engineer Day!

A systems engineer's job is to create and manage complex systems. They ensure that the system has a good life cycle and that all systems are running efficiently.

This celebration debuted in 2012, lauding the engineers who, through design and implementation of digital solutions, make a difference in the many workplaces globally. On the day, everyone is encouraged to high five their systems engineer and show their appreciation.

Systems...

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...

The Engineering Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome representatives from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, on the 29th October 2018.

The delegation was made up of a wonderfully enthusiastic group of ten students, the university’s principal, Dr B.T. Hang Tuah Baharudin, and the students’ chaperone.

For an education provider dedicated to engineering we are conscious of the need to lure females to this largely male-dominated industry. It was very exciting, therefore, to meet these...

Future generations will judge us for not taking the necessary precautions to offset the effects of climate change on our world. The blame will inevitably involve our reticence to cut down on fossil fuels. In reality, however, the task is massive and will rely on science, technology, engineering and government all committing to solving the problem.

Mark Lynas, a British journalist and environmentalist, has been issuing warnings since 2007. He explains what will happen to the world if the...

By all accounts engineering remains a male-dominated industry.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that women fill 47 percent of all jobs, while men take up the other 53 percent.

However, according to more recent figures from the National Science Board, women only filled 24 percent of STEM jobs in 2018. And the industry in which women are least represented? Engineering.

TechCrunch writer Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science in Boston, says...

The EIT remote and virtual lab platform


The EIT lab hosting platform, Electromeet, connects students with lab computers in real time using TeamViewer software. Once connected, students will have access to a wide range of engineering software and connected hardware, which will be used in practical assessments throughout their course. Utilizing the Electromeet scheduling system, students are able to pre-book exclusive access to the required labs for when they are needed. The labs consist...

At the foot of the pyramids of Giza, a new museum is taking shape.

Five thousand Egyptian civil engineers are hard at work to complete the Grand Egyptian Museum. Construction began 16 years ago, and the doors are expected finally to open in early 2019.

One of the firms attached to the build is Buro Happold Engineering. They say the museum will be a construction where ‘mathematical precision meets elegant vision.'

The initial call for proposals for the museum was in 2002. The winning...

Mechanical engineers are flexing their eco-friendly and business savvy muscles in the startup industry. Pratheek Palanethra was a mechanical engineering student in Bengaluru and is also passionate about cricket.

During his student years - studying for his Master of Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania – he was sad to discover that there was really no cricket culture in the US. He struggled to find students who wanted to practice cricket with him. Instead of...

As 2018 comes to a close, the industrial automation market is preparing to further digitize and automate industries into 2019.

McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) reports that by 2030 about 15 percent of workers around the world will be displaced by automation. However, they also note that employees are unaware that eight to nine percent of them will work in jobs that don't yet exist.

Consequently, automation will not only replace repetitive jobs, but also create new opportunities in many...

Is the move to electric vehicles on track?

Last year the UK government pledged that the manufacture of petrol and diesel cars would cease by 2040. In July, they then amended their pledge to also exclude hybrids (cars powered by electricity and petrol/diesel).  MPs in the United Kingdom are, however, growing ever more skeptical about the viability of a majority electric vehicle future by 2040.

On the other hand, a new report has been released by the Business, Energy and Industrial...

At this year's Dutch Design Week, the world's first 3D printed stainless steel bridge was unveiled.

The bridge was produced by a Dutch robotics company named MX3D. It will serve as a crossing over one of Amsterdam's oldest and most famous canals, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Its construction utilized optimization software and a robotic additive manufacturing technology to layer molten steel repetitively. The traditional construction engineering approach to building a bridge has...

Are you planning to study towards a degree with EIT during 2019?

Our 2018 scholarship winners - students online and on-campus - are working hard, making the most of the windfall they received.

If you plan to study with us next year you should consider sending in your application very soon.

  • If your preference is online study you need to be quick! You must have your scholarship application in by Friday 23rd of November, 2018.
  • For those of you planning to study on-campus, you...

Rolls-Royce and Intel have joined forces to develop an Intelligent Awareness System for future autonomous shipping projects.

The first entirely unmanned, crewless ships, with the self-sailing tech, are set to hit the oceans in 2025.

Inevitably, they will see crewed vessels working alongside them.

Don’t assume that this technology has rendered the lighthouse useless though. In the official simulated pictures published by Rolls-Royce, the lighthouse remains the beacon announcing land...

Innovation is sometimes all talk and no action. What actually gets engineers inventing and creating novel solutions to everyday problems? Handsome rewards, of course. The James Dyson Award is an international design competition that ‘celebrates, encourages and inspires the designers of new problem-solving ideas.'

A curious advent of engineering design has already won a team of engineers the Australian Dyson Award. They are now in the running to win the international James Dyson Award. These...

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...

Enroll in an Advanced Diploma with the Engineering Institute of Technology between 31 October 2018 and 28 February 2019 to be eligible for our Graduation Rebate

Studying with the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is guaranteed to be an exciting and rewarding journey, given that student success and satisfaction is a very high priority for us. That's why we have created a Graduation Rebate, to reward students who graduate from our Advanced Diploma courses for their hard work and...

On the 18th October the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) hosted their 2018 African Graduation Gala, in South Africa.

Almost 60 graduates attended; having completed either a Master of Engineering degree or an Advanced Diploma, and in a couple of instances, a Professional Certificate course.

Despite the tyranny of distance, the EIT graduates who were able to attend hailed from ten African nations: Chad, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola and...

EIT alumnus Allan Butler conducted a presentation on “Ethics in Engineering” for our students at our East Perth campus last Thursday.

Allan, who is currently a SCADA Engineer at Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, graduated from EIT’s Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) in 2018. His main role is to manage the SCADA system at the Dampier Bunbury Pipeline.

EIT is committed to delivering education programs that are aligned with real industry needs. We also want our students to...

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...

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