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If you’re looking for something to do in Perth, why not check out one of our marketplaces? From souvenirs and artisan handcrafts, to fresh produce, food trucks and live entertainment, there’s something happening in every corner of the metropolitan area.

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The Fremantle Markets have been running for over 100 years and celebrate Western Australia’s culture and heritage. Open year-round on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Public Holidays, these markets have everything...

As the northern hemisphere looks forward to a much deserved summer, innovators in engineering and technology are looking to make subsequent winters a little less hazardous for some.

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The engineering students at the University of Calgary in Canada are devising ways to keep cyclists and their bicycles safer during the winter months. Apart from the challenges of controlling bikes on pathways that are iced over, cyclists struggle with their gear systems which are also...

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) has seen significant change in the past 25 years. In its original form instructors provided short classroom workshops and onsite training courses to people already working within the engineering industry. With the rise of the internet, these courses moved online and we developed accredited vocational and higher education courses to be delivered on this new platform. Since then our focus has been on providing interactive online engineering courses...

The Vasa

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This Swedish ship was constructed between 1626 and 1628 and intended to be part of the Royal Swedish Navy. However, it only got 1300 metres into its maiden voyage before it capsized and sank. King Gustavus Adolphus oversaw the project and put tight time constraints on the engineers to get the ship finished. He also requested design changes mid-project, despite the constructers advising against them. Once the construction was finished, engineers conducted...

Mulweli Yolanda Mafukata went from a high school nestled away on a farm, to studying towards a career in engineering in a big city. On the 8th of January 2018, she tweeted an image of herself on-site, wearing a hard hat, high visibility vest, and a pair of robust boots.

Her tweet read: “What a man can do, so can a woman”. It provides the world with a window into the life of a modern South African engineering student. She had been tasked with collecting samples from a coal processing plant -...

A free week-long festival to celebrate young Perth artists kicks off this weekend. Presented by Propel Youth Arts, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival will feature an extensive range of workshops, performances and exhibitions. These include a sketchbook exhibition, photography, comedy and exploratory music workshops, and poetry slams.

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On Saturday 14 April, 10 hours of live music performances by WA acts will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge...

Industry Presentation: Innovation by Digitalisation – The future of Power Generation and what skills do engineers need to realise it?

Join our distinguished guest speaker Robert Ceic for an insightful presentation at our Perth campus on 24th of May 2018 or follow it online!

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EIT is committed to delivering education programs that are aligned with real...

Dear Colleagues

No matter whether you are an electrician operating a one-woman business in the middle of the Great Sandy Desert or a Chief Engineer of the largest car company in the world – you need to have a strategic plan to operate to, so that you can continue to operate successfully as a business. Most people don’t really know what a strategic plan really is.

But these strategic plans are hugely helpful in keeping your enterprise on target in achieving great things.

Not even close to a...

The Engineering Institute of Technology will be showcasing our on-campus courses at the Australia Future Unlimited: West Africa Education Exhibition in Nigeria and Ghana later this month. Running from April 17-21, this Austrade event provides a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in our courses to meet our representatives and learn more about studying abroad in Perth, Western Australia. 


The Australian government-led exhibition is designed to present higher education study...

Do you need work as a Control and Instrument Technician, Maintenance Electrician or Mechanical Technician? Z-Tech Control Systems is a UK company that provides engineering solutions for Water Utilities, Power, and Rail. They know first-hand the high quality of EIT’s students and graduates and are currently looking for talented individuals to join their team.

The skill sets in demand include:

Control and Instrument Technician
· Time served apprenticeship supported by a minimum level 3 formal...

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I clearly remember when computing started taking off, about the wry remark referring to garbage in, garbage out. This referred to a marvelous computer program developed at huge cost being fed absolutely useless data and thus spitting out useless information it had derived from the data. This is even more true today with the advent of machine learning and the internet of things (IoT). Imagine training your computer program in a machine learning application with shoddy data. The...

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....

In support of Global Day of the Engineer , we are celebrating the positive impact engineers have had on our world as we know it. Engineers aren’t just responsible for building giant skyscrapers or inventing cutting-edge technology – without engineering there would be no civilisations or infrastructure, agriculture, vehicles, tools or technology.


At a very basic level, engineers combine principles of maths and science to solve problems by adapting natural resources to suit our needs. Levers...

International Space Station

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First launched into space in 1998, NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) is an engineering marvel. Costing close to US $100 billion, its construction required over 100 rocket and shuttle launches, plus 160 space walks, and the components were not all in place until 2011. Russia, the US, Canada, the European Space Agency and Japan all contributed, in what became a new collaborative approach to space exploration. The ISS is larger than a...

E-commerce: the buying and selling of items over the internet. People around the world are using this purchasing platform at a rate that individual companies can barely keep up with. Thankfully there are a host of companies who specialize in transportation and logistics. Even so, to adequately cope, these companies need to automate their technologies, including the heavy lifting, so that they can spend real manpower on customers.

Source: Foter.com

Most people embracing E-commerce don’t...

March 2018 will go down in history as a tough month for autonomous and electric vehicle engineers.

Self-driving cars and the engineering technologies that power them are being heavily criticized due to a spate of high profile failures and the dangers of introducing job-threatening ideologies into the modern world.

A self-driving Uber SUV in Tempe, Arizona, struck and killed a pedestrian on the evening of March 18th, 2018. The Volvo XC90 was in the autonomous mode at the time of the accident...

Modern dam engineers in Africa could inadvertently trigger a water war in Africa.

It all started when Egypt was distracted by a governmental crisis - the Arab Spring Uprising was consuming most of the attention of the tenuously positioned Egyptian Government. At this juncture the Ethiopian government mobilized its dam engineers to begin work on a project to create hydro power.

So began a hydro-politics disagreement that Egypt says may lead to a war.

Image: Render of GERD Source...

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The Sweetwater University City Pedestrian Bridge collapse at Florida International University is the latest civil engineering failure making headlines around the world.

Figg Bridge Engineers discussed a crack that had formed on the new bridge hours before its demise, but “concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge.”

Despite these assertions it did collapse and caused six fatalities and further...

Palm Island

Source: Daily Mail

In 2001, there was nothing off the coast of Dubai except for shallow gulf water. However, the city was becoming overpopulated quickly. To solve this problem, local real estate conglomerate Nakheel Properties used GPS precision to shape 94 million cubic metres of sand into a 17-frond palm tree-shaped island. Sixteen quarries throughout the UAE were dredged for rock, which forms a breakwater around the island to protect it from wind and waves. It took a decade...

Euro Tunnel

Engineers wait with bated breath for a call they may never get. Earlier this year, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, proposed a 22-mile bridge to span the English Channel.            

Eleven tunnel boring machines and engineering expertise created the 50.45 kilometer (31.35 mile) Channel Tunnel link between England and France.The tunnel took five years to build with a total of 13,000 workers from both England and France. If the building of a bridge is announced it would...

Lithium Batteries

The speed at which a lithium-ion battery charges, remains a unique scientific and engineering challenge. Historically, slow charging has been responsible for limiting the development of vehicles and technologies that need to constantly recharge. This is, however, changing as technology advances.

The safety of lithium-ion batteries has also been a sore point in the history of battery technology. But with new sensor technology these batteries are becoming less risky.

Ensuring no thermal...

Steven Hawkins

The scientific world has lost one of its modern day pioneers. Stephen Hawking, a modern cosmologist, passed away at age 76, on the 14th of March 2018. Hawking’s most notable work, “A Brief History of Time”, sold over ten million copies and he is remembered for his work on general relativity and black hole theories.

His impact on engineering is not lost either; Hawking popularized communication devices that aid those who are unable to speak. Hawking developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...

Cruise ship holidays are growing in popularity. What’s not to like? Breakfast buffets. All-you-can-eat pizza and burgers around the clock. Restaurant dinners. Drinks. Great sea views. As the appetite for cruise holidays intensifies, the cruise companies are lengthening their pre-existing liners.

Instead of building new ships they are slicing the existing ones in half and inserting new middle sections. This feat of engineering has become standard practice for profit-turning cruise ship...

AIRhub

It is difficult to train for outdoor sports indoors. We can try to replicate naturally occurring factors such as hills, valleys, wind and rain; but nothing can adequately imitate what the outdoors is capable of producing (even when training outdoors). Cycling is no exception. Training is regularly conducted indoors, to control things such as resistance and drag when slopes are sparse. Or, when practise riding into a headwind is required and there’s not a breath of wind outside.

Previously, an...

Solar panels

Electricity, seemingly abundant in our world today, is something that we take for granted. The reality, however, is very different in the world.

Source: Foter.com

It is estimated that 1.3 billion people still do not have access to electricity.

 

Electricity can mean many things for communities. Once electricity is established within a community, the access to power can lead to better health care, education, and self-determination. And prosperity soon follows.

Powering rural areas is...

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If you don’t have steel you don’t have a country - so says the President of the United States Donald Trump. And, based on an investigation conducted by the American government, their country had drawn the short straw when it came to steel imports and exports. To ensure it did not impact the elusive ‘American Dream’l import tariffs were back on the table.

President Donald Trump has announced a 25 percent tariff on steel articles exported to the United States. In an official proclamation, he...

The 3D printing industry is a special one. A 3D printer has several necessary components: heat beds, bed surfaces, the printing materials (resins or filaments), extruders, hobbed gear, and more. Depending on the kind of printing materials engineers use, different printers are necessary. These several technological parts that make up a 3D printer can be sourced from around the globe from several manufacturers.

Thus, it takes quite a lot of engineered parts to make up an SLA workshop. What is a...

Cardboard Stem Cut Out

There is a toy revolution occurring. A renewed, concerted effort is underway to make toys for children and young adults, to condition their minds in preparation for the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Schools are implementing STEM programs which involve classroom renovations that are stimulating, but fun. For some time now too many students have been losing interest in science and maths, even before they reach high school, making it very difficult for them to...

Are you interested in expanding your professional network globally and speaking to outstanding engineering students and graduates about your incredible engineering career?

By joining our Distinguished Industry Guest Speaker Program you will have the unique opportunity to share your technical insights and engineering experiences with our engineering bachelor and master students located at our East Perth campus. Your presentation can also be streamed to EIT’s 500,000+ followers around the world...

Steve Steyn in the Laboratory

I have seen it; the future of engineering education and training. I have seen how it will equip engineering professionals globally and enable them to continue contributing to the turning of our world.

Acquiring professional development in engineering is changing; this process can be tracked by looking at the adaptations and growth of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).

Over 25 years ago EIT was providing short classroom courses and onsite workshops. With the emergence of the...

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A Moodle Upgrade is Inbound...

The Engineering Institute of Technology has been in the works of implementing a new and improved Moodle LMS.

Here at EIT, we work diligently to ensure that we comply with the latest web standards available on the market. We’re dedicated to providing anonymity for all our students’ data, and ensuring that everyone has a comfortable experience when interacting with Moodle.

We are in the works of upgrading our current LMS, which will yield numerous...

UK Old Flag

The United Kingdom is between a rock and a hard place in the lead up to exiting the European Union. One of the concerns is that with a hard Brexit, EU students may not form part of the makeup of engineering professionals in the country’s future. Thus, more British-born students are being encouraged to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) qualifications.

The Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May, has used reverse-psychology to encourage more students to invest in STEM...

Bus in Ice

One of the islands in the Japanese archipelago is Hokkaido. Sapporo, a city on the island, is burdened by snow; it costs 20.4 billion yen (US$190 million) on snow removal every winter.

Local government removes snow on state owned properties and streets, but private property owners are on their own. Alarmingly, it is not uncommon for a meter of snow to fall overnight in Sapporo.

From time to time the air force is required to perform rescue operations on houses that have been snowed in to...

Boat

Victorien Erussard, an offshore racer and Merchant Navy officer has taken to the seas aboard the latest marvel of engineering. He has set aside six years of his life to travel around the world in a boat that will not generate any carbon.

Source: https://www.energy-observer.org

50 engineers, designers and naval architects worked on the interdisciplinary, multifaceted ‘Energy Observer’ boat. The racing boat is powered by an assortment of renewable sources such as: a hydrogen fuel cell...

President Cyril Ramaphosa

More engineering industry jobs are coming to South Africa. That is, if the country’s brand new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is to be believed. Much like in the United States, the new sitting president is promising the renewed strengthening of manufacturing and mining jobs - whilst promising that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be a focus as well.

Source: Historymag.co.za

President Cyril Ramaphosa has given his State of the Nation Address a day after being sworn in as president...

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Students and professors in research and development teams in the United States are setting the standard for nature-inspired engineering designs. Using nature as an influence for design, and using engineering design to better understand nature, may produce fruitful outcomes for engineering and nature alike.

A mechanical engineering team at the University of Illinois is using butterflies and snake scales as a blueprint for creating a new surface that will be used for ‘fluid and light...

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“Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”. - Princess Leia

In 1977, science fiction fans were treated to the very first Star Wars film. Years later, the series has branched off into comics, novels, more films, animation shows, and more. But back in ‘77 when Princess Leia spoke her very first words in the series, R2-D2, the robot relaying Leia’s three-dimensional recorded message, showed the world what the future of holograms could be.

Source: YouTube

A team of engineers at...

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The world is still looking for the most effective way of educating and training people. Privately owned universities and institutions are keeping their eyes on initiatives in the business sector.

Source: Foter.com

Universities are looking towards the most efficiently built organizations of the last decade, noticing how they have construed to scale up. With the arrival of the internet and lower cost technologies, institutions have had to formulate new strategies. They have created...

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Governments may be responsible for the slowing down of technological progress around the world. Government shutdowns and Presidents who refuse to leave their seats despite alarming corruption scandals impact negatively on the advancement of technology in their countries.

Puerto Rico, devastated by a hurricane in 2017, only now, over 140 days later, has restored electricity to 75 percent of its inhabitants. In the modern age of engineering it is baffling that a U.S. colony has been incapable...

There is nothing quite as spectacular as a successful rocket launch; it is a wonderment of aerospace engineering. We have also now as a species become accustomed to seeing rockets landing after being fired - and then being reused again. This is all thanks to the aerospace engineering company known as SpaceX. They have just made engineering history with their spacecraft, the Falcon Heavy.

Their engineering prowess has sent the most powerful rocket in history up into lower earth orbit. SpaceX...

Chances are, if you live in the colder countries of the world, you’ve had to de-ice something in your life. De-icing is critical - the safety and usability of an engineered product often depends on it.

Engineering in the aviation industry is a point in case. Airports are an interdisciplinary hub of engineering activity as are the planes; minutes before a plane takes off it has to go through the process of de-icing.

The wings and the tail of the aircraft need particular attention - they...

Olympic Relay Flame

From the 9th to the 25th February this year the world will have access to a visual buffet of snow sports; the Winter Olympics is to be hosted by South Korea’s PyeongChang. Fans around the world will be cheering on their respective countries’ athletes. Also to be lauded, however, are the engineers who work behind the scenes; the smooth running of the Games is frequently their responsibility.

It started with the Olympic Torch Relay; technology played a bigger part in this tradition than ever...

A speech to EIT students embarking on their studies: February 2018

Good morning Ladies and Gentleman

As I stand in front of you I am sure you are contemplating the years stretching ahead with a mixture of excitement and apprehension; wondering what they will bring you. To come to a strange country and to commit to this challenge is brave, well done! We would like to welcome you warmly to our college.

There are four things I would like to talk about today:

  • Our proud history
  • The...

STEEM
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At a recent function for would-be students of our engineering college on the need for more of a STEM focus, I was sharply corrected by a good colleague who remarked that we should think rather of STEEM: science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and mathematics. And he is so absolutely right.

My take on the industrial automation industry in Australia is that we do not have enough entrepreneurial activity with a global focus...

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The Winter Olympics are upon us. The opening ceremony airs on February 9th, 2018. Over the course of the competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the feats of many engineers will be on display too. In fact it will be hard to find an event untouched by engineering. (Some of the athletes themselves even have engineering degrees.)

Source: Foter.com

One of the competitions at the Winter Olympics that should get pulses racing is bobsleigh. It is also known as Formula One on Ice because...

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The future is yours for the taking.

This good ole’ adage has driven many into PANIC MODE; there is undue stress for young people when it comes to picking a vocation.

A fresh batch of school-leavers have just begun their academic year and many will have chosen the discipline of engineering – they will be wondering which field of engineering will best suit them and provide them with good job prospects.

Engineering graduates should reassure these undergraduates with the following advice...

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New data generated from the U.S. Department of Transportation has revealed that more than 54,000 American bridges are structurally deficient. America has 612,677 bridges.

Americans cross these bridges 174 million times daily.

One in three bridges are in need of repair, and one in three Interstate highway bridges have also been flagged as needing maintenance.

Source: Pixabay.com

 

Dr. Alison Premo Black, Chief Economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders...

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It may be a landmark year for Indian engineering. This year, at the end of March, India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO) will land an unmanned rover on the moon.

They will be sending an orbiter, a lander, and a rover in what it is being called the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Directly translated, using a combination of Sanskrit and Hindi, Chandrayaan means ‘Moon Vehicle’. ISRO has sent an orbiter around the moon before, but eventually lost contact with it.

The project’s cost has seen...

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The largest manufacturing plant in the world is in Wolfsburg, West Germany. It is a car manufacturing plant that belongs to none other than Volkswagen. It covers an area of 6.5 million square miles. It is so vast that employees are able to cycle around the company’s main headquarters.

The houses surrounding the factory are filled with Volkswagen employees, and whoever else lives there is in some way or another associated with the car manufacturer.

Volkswagen beat Toyota in sales, becoming...

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Professor Michelle Simmons is the most recently crowned Australian of the Year. A true testament to quantum physics, science more broadly, women, and Australia - we take a quick look at Simmons' work, and the achievements that led to her becoming the recipient of this most prestigious award. 

The British born quantum physicist moved to Australia in 1999 and has never looked back. She cites the curious and driven attitude of scientists here and their...

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