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EIT Stock ImageImagine a world where energy is available to all, distributed through a robust system of transmission lines, with a meter system so accurate that it charges consumers for the power  they need, but also allows them to sell excess energy to other consumers.

It is becoming more technically complex for energy companies to supply energy to their growing base of customers. To confirm the purchase of power a number of broker companies are involved to verify that the purchases have been made.
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3D printing – the possibilities really are endless of where this technology can take us in the future.

An example of this is with Peter Armstrong, a mechanical engineering student from Colorado who was inspired by a family friend who underwent a double amputation to the lower limbs. Through years of research and various prototypes, Peter has been able to apply his knowledge and skills to produce low-cost prosthetics using 3D printing technology.

He foresees these prosthetics, costing an...

Dick Morley

Back in 2008, when we were expanding from a company providing courses for professional development into a fully-fledged college of engineering, Dick was not only an enormous support, but his involvement contributed to the success we enjoyed.  He was hearty in his encouragement of our efforts and he shared his expertise generously. Dick’s enthusiasm certainly carried us through those tenuous early years, when doubts can often undermine one’s confidence and dampen persistence.

We, at the...

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Scotland’s world-first offshore ‘floating’ turbine farm has begun producing energy. 20,000 homes on the mainland will be receiving power from this renewable energy source.

 

The operation has been constructed in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In a world first the wind turbines have been placed further out to sea than ever before; they are located 25km (15.5 miles) offshore. Why the greater distance you may ask? In an ocean, the deeper the water the more energy there is to be...

Minister of EducationAnother two steps back for higher education in South Africa. President Jacob Zuma has once again shuffled the members of his cabinet; the second shuffle of ministerial position holders this year.

Earlier in the year, the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande survived the cut, however, this time he wasn’t that lucky. The Minister of Higher Education position has been allocated to Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, the previous minister of Home Affairs.


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Cue the X-Files music.

“When it comes to shaping the future, one of the greatest obstacles you have is your mind.”

These were the words of Steve Justice, the Head of the Aerospace Department of the ‘To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science’. Never heard of it? Well, that’s because the academy was launched this year, on the 11th of October, 2017.

The academy is a Public Benefit Corporation headed up by CEO Tom DeLonge. The corporation hopes to globally further science and engineering...

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Being an engineer is by no means a boring job.

However, most people will refer to their jobs similarly, that ‘work is work’; that it often involves a daily grind, a slog which is sometimes repetitive and monotonous.

Remarks delivered on a social forum for engineers also suggest the monotony that some feel in their engineering jobs.

It has been said that modern day engineering is 10 percent invention and 90 percent maintenance. Meaning, that engineers don’t do much design and...

STEM

The future of technology and world class education hinges on the ability of universities to continue to provide a premium higher education experience. Their curricula need to be aligned closely to the demands of the world more than ever before.

According to University World News, Zimbabwe has warned their universities that they must return to their initial STEM mandates thereby reverting to their cores. By producing STEM professionals the government believes they can help to create wealth in...

Internships

Internships provide the opportunity for a prospective professional to gain the work experience needed in the industry they are aiming to work in. Internships enable students or workers to gain the work experience that is being sought after by employers. Adding ‘work experience’ to the curriculum vitae is an invaluable addition that sets a candidate apart from others who don’t have any, especially in engineering industries.  

Internships are particularly famous for being used to...

Hurricane Harvey


Friday night (the 25th of August) a tropical storm hit Texas in the United States of America. 60cm of rain fell overnight (23 inches) with a total of 50 inches expected before the week was out. Whether or not Texas’ drainage system is able to deal with the volume of water that climate change is bringing will be a pertinent question once relief efforts have been fulfilled. Questions surrounding Houston’s water infrastructure are already being asked.

A New York Times opinionista has pointed...

The NZ pipeline disaster

Pipelines. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

It is rumored that approximately three years ago a swamp kauri mining operation led to the damage of the Ruakaka-Auckland Pipeline (RAP) in New Zealand.

Swamp kauri has 50,000 year old trees that have been perfectly preserved under swamp peat. The extraction of this wood is a tedious operation. It is believed that a digger struck the RAP.

The pipeline has failed; it began leaking and it is alleged that there was increased damage...

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The youngest future engineer EIT encountered at the expo was a boy of fourteen who told us that he had an affinity for Mechanical Engineering. The most sought after qualifications were Electric Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Structural Engineering.
 
A handful o
f students expressed their desires to build car manufacturing companies, actively seeking programs that would provide automobile engineering training.

EIT Stock ImagePuerto Rico’s aging infrastructure has been suffering under an inefficient government that has not been organizing the appropriate level of maintenance for quite some time.
 
In September of 2016, a fire broke out at the Central Aguirre Power Plant rendering electricity transmission lines useless. 1.5 million people were plunged into darkness. The blackout forced the government to declare a state of emergency. The Puerto Rican government was embroiled in a $9 billion debt crisis in...

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...

Marc Jacobs Whistleblower

Marc Edwards is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He is not only an engineer he is also a whistleblower. Along with citizen scientists, and concerned residents, Edwards exposed the Flint Water Crisis which began in 2014 and persists today.

Edwards blew the whistle on the ill practices of entities working to intentionally cut corners in the water infrastructure of Flint, Michigan, and the United States as a whole.
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Are you studying with the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) online for a Bachelors Degree or Masters of Industrial Automation? A Visitor Visa or a Working Holiday Visa would allow you to spend 3 – 4 months studying on-campus with the EIT in Perth, Western Australia.   

For 3 or 4 months of your degree (depending on your eligibility for a visa), join the EIT team on-campus in Perth, Western Australia. Outside of your study time you can explore the stunning and...

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Over the last five years renewable energy technologies have seen more investment than ever before. Many governments have made plans to phase out energy generating technologies that harm the planet, hoping to achieve a world powered by fully renewable energy generating technologies by 2030. Solar and wind are two industries that have particularly skyrocketed - in both research and implementation. An idea that hasn’t seen an equal amount of attention is the harnessing of one of Mother Nature’s...

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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...

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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...

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Paige Kassalen is a 24 year old electrical engineering graduate from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who is making waves in the engineering industry.  By the age of 22, Kassalen had been involved in a world-first solar plane project, and by 23, had been awarded a spot on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

 

The Engineering Institute of Technology sat down with her to marvel at her achievements, find out what drives her, and to talk about how engineering industries can do...

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360 to 500 buildings and homes are in danger of collapsing days after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City. The earthquake rattled the city on Tuesday, the 19th of September 2017. As many as 38 structures suffered catastrophic failure when the earthquake hit, but the concern for civil engineers is that other structures may yet suffer a delayed collapse. The earthquake has already caused up to 355 fatalities.

Engineers on popular social media site Reddit have been mulling over this...

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War. What is it good for? Competition.

Smartphone companies have released their latest devices, all vying for a space in your pocket.

 

Smartphones bring together a plethora of engineering and design disciplines to create incredibly multifaceted devices that have no doubt changed the way humans interact with technology. And there seems to be no stopping the effect they have on consumers. We all want a new one, every year or two. And the competition usually sends engineers into...

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Are you after an exciting job that takes you around the world?

Actura is looking for a Tour Group Manager who will be trained to facilitate guided tours around the NASA space grounds in the United States!


About Actura

Actura Australia offers a world-class learning environment as the exclusive Australian partner of the Space School international study programs; and the worldwide partner delivering CASE curriculum-based robotics program. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura'a...

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It is time to plan your reward for all the hard work you have put into your studies with the Engineering Institute of Technology!

You spoke and we listened!

Due to popular demand we will have two Graduate Galas in 2018:

  • Midrand, South Africa: 18th of October 2018
  • Perth, Australia: 23rd of November 2018

We are excited to celebrate our graduates during two very special events in the vibrant locations of Perth (Australia) and Midrand (South Africa). These will be memorable...

“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...

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Mr Coffee to the rescue…

They say that money can’t buy happiness – but $999 can buy a Wi-Fi enabled coffee machine, and we think that comes pretty close! This advanced coffee machine, named Mr Coffee, makes coffee for you at your convenience with just a tap of your smartphone using Wi-Fi connectivity. What’s not to love? The only disadvantage we can identify is that Mr Coffee (pictured below) does not come with a walking robot to have the coffee delivered to your sofa as...

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Cars are becoming more like smartphones every day. But is that necessarily a good thing? And what does it mean for the engineers who want to make a career out of automotive engineering? The days of the combustion engine seem to be coming to an end. The desire of tech companies and vehicle manufacturers is now to create fully autonomous, environment-friendly vehicles that takes individuals from point A to point B.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors is a good example of where the electric/smart vehicle...

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Mazda has reinvented the wheel. Or rather, they claim they have reinvented the engine which drives that wheel.

They have engineered a ‘SkyActiv-X’ series of engines which purportedly use game-changing technologies which they believe will save the combustion engine from its seemingly inevitable demise.

The new engines use ‘Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI)’. It is thought to be the ‘holy grail’ of combustible engines in a world which demands lower emissions.

SkyActiv-X...

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Old-timers, let alone prospective engineers, can sometimes get lost in the buzzwords that the industry throws at them. And then there are those skills that are hugely useful, but not adequately covered within an engineering curriculum. Critical thinking is both a buzzword and an intangible, soft, but incredibly handy skill.

But what is critical thinking? The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking in 1987 fashioned a definition:

“Critical thinking is the intellectually...

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Be prepared.  Think carefully about what questions you might be asked and prepare well-constructed answers. Practice with a friend or family member. There are plenty of resources on the internet for interview preparation including potential questions.

Do your research. Familiarise yourself with the company. Visit the website, research news articles, and cite information in your interview to demonstrate your knowledge. 

Understand the big issues. Companies...

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Advancing from technician, to engineer, to senior engineer, to management, to the 30-years-of- service gold watch at retirement. Is this the picture of an ideal career trajectory? Is it realistic?

To bolster CVs or resumes engineers look to work for major companies and then hope for promotions within them. In an effort to have the edge they attempt to remain abreast of the shifts in industry and galloping technology. To this end continuing professional development, and indeed qualification...

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Dear Colleagues,

Last night at a Careers Expo attended by happy throngs of kids and parents, one dad (a practising engineer) indicated to me that he had advised his two kids who were shortly finishing high school to avoid an engineering career and to focus on more lucrative jobs such as in law or merchant banking. I sympathise with him as many of my  engineering friends have been caught out in the intermittent ‘down draughts’ and thrown onto the streets.

I am not so sure...

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Were you born to be an engineer? Were you supernaturally gifted with the skills necessary to become an engineer? Or can engineering be taught? If you have an innate skill for taking things apart and putting them back together again, you might have an engineer living inside of you.

However, the world today has made it clear that there are certain requirements that must be met when considering whether a person can become a qualified engineer or not.

 

Mathematics & Science

It...

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Friday night (the 25th of August) a tropical storm hit Texas in the United States of America. 60cm of rain fell overnight (23 inches) with a total of 50 inches expected before the week was out. Whether or not Texas’ drainage system is able to deal with the volume of water that climate change is bringing will be a pertinent question once relief efforts have been fulfilled. Questions surrounding Houston’s water infrastructure are already being asked.

A New York Times opinionista has pointed to...

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In memoriam: Roy Lunn - Automotive Engineering Extraordinaire

It must be one of the most rewarding industries in engineering. Many aspiring engineers in their youth dream of achieving a career in the industry. It entails an amalgamation of engineering disciplines coming together in the design and manufacture of a roaring, road-eating machine.

Automotive engineering incorporates mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering. It has given rise to the hobbyists, the...

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Dear colleagues

 

When you are on a fixed salary in a company life is pretty certain. But in the more fraught world of consultant and contractor, life can be considerably more complex and financially tricky when dealing with contracts that require you to deliver a specific outcome. Remember if you don’t handle these correctly, you will end up considerably poorer despite putting in an enormous amount of hours working. So it is worth re-considering the different options here as...

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Engineering mothers save lives with a simple vehicle tool

Elsa Foley, an engineer at Nissan and mother of two boys, has developed an innovative new technology called Rear Door Alert. The inspiration behind this? Every summer, children die from being left inside a hot car. With the help of Marlene Mendoza, another female engineer, Rear Door Alert has been engineered to set off a unique alarm when something has been left behind in the back seat of the car. Take a look at the video below for an...

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Members of our EIT team attended the SkillsWest Expo this last weekend to show off our course offerings.

Our EIT stand showcased a clever robotic arm which visitors were invited to test and drive. We then put everyone’s names into a draw to win one of these mechanical arms - in kit form. We have now drawn a winner and are happy to announce that it is Toby Wallace from Busselton, Western Australia.

We thought that you may like to learn a little about our winner. Toby is in year 11 at...

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The United States has just witnessed the first total solar eclipse in 38 years. For some US states people would have observed a partial eclipse, but for 14 other states, the moon would have blotted out the sun completely. 2 minutes and 38 seconds of darkness was experienced in Madras, Oregon.

 

The next total eclipse will appear in American skies on April 8, 2024.

 

 

The power grid effect

An obvious impact of a solar eclipse is on photovoltaic cells that...

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Dear Colleagues

I bumped into an engineering friend the other day – unfortunately he has been out of work for a number of months and is in his late fifties. He was becoming somewhat despondent about the employment situation and at his age it is undoubtedly tough. Employers are very cautious about employing engineering ‘veterans’ no matter how good they are. Unless the employers have a specific need for the specialised skill that you may have.

My take on it is that if you are idling...

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Hadi Harb is a qualified Engineer, research scientist, consultant, and business owner. He lends his invaluable knowledge to the Engineering Institute of Technology as a lecturer too. His typical subjects are Programming (C++), Process Control, and sometimes he covers modules relating to data communication, and to anything involving data analysis and signal analysis. He also lectures on topics which touch on research and practice, and practical project management.

Originating from...

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Engineers have IQ mastered, but do they have emotional intelligence (EQ)?

An engineer takes to a popular engineering online forum and writes: “I can’t get a job because I’m too awkward. Has anybody else been turned down for a job because they lack people skills and/or emotional intelligence?”

The big question is: Do engineers need well developed EQs? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. As the forum writer above points out: the need for it begins with the interview. Then there are engineers...

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Dear Colleagues

 

As you all know – common sense is NOT so common around here when it comes to avoiding industrial failures. Often these failures are caused by avoidable (always) strategies such as good maintenance, better quality equipment and better training for staff.

Historically, a hundred years ago a telegraph problem  could have disrupted a few people’s lives – however the scale today of the impact of an electrical failure (power or communications) can be...

We are happy to announce that our 4 Bachelor of Science programs have been approved for on-campus delivery.  Students are now able to apply for an International Student Visa to study at our Perth, Western Australian campus.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is the only college dedicated to the fields of engineering and technology, and ultimately to your success in learning

Our campus is in Perth, the sunny and friendly capital city of Western Australia, and we would like...

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A pedestrian bridge on the N3 road in Bedfordview, in Johannesburg collapsed in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday the 8th of August 2017. The bridge collapsed onto four vehicles, resulting in five injuries with zero fatalities.

 

The highway has been re-opened since the collapse. Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi finds the collapse odd, saying the bridge was deemed safe in 2016. He said: “Sanral did an inspection of the bridge and we were told that the bridge was in a...

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In an effort to partner with universities, with the IET (one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary engineering bodies) and with other educational entities in the engineering space, Steve Mackay visited the UK on a whirlwind trip this month.


There is much chatter about the online, digital age of learning and as we know Steve is not only passionate about the opportunities that this platform of learning offers to students, but is a staunch proponent. He is poignantly aware that there are...

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Dear Colleagues

 

As you all know, the global workforce is rapidly growing. And it is rapidly becoming more multicultural and multinational. We all have our own cultures, skills, behaviours and attitudes about life and work which are generally focussed on our local environment or town. However companies are increasingly straddling borders or are required to work with suppliers/clients and partners in different countries. Fortunately for some of us, the English language is becoming...

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There are more than enough photographs of abandoned buildings on the internet to fill tome, but the history behind them is often overlooked. Oftentimes abandoned buildings speak of a troublesome past - a past where engineers, among others, were involved in constructing the next great thing which did not stand the test of time for various reasons. Engineers from a subsequent generation are then employed to take the abandoned husk of past infrastructure, and turn it into something...

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The world’s first floating farm off Scotland’s north-east coast

The trial Peterhead wind farm, named Hywind, is estimated to provide power to 20,000 homes, with the turbine output expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones. This breakthrough technology will see wind power being harvested in waters that are too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.

Below: the wind turbines are currently being put in place. Image credit: BBC.com

 

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List of cool engineering jobs

We have all heard of the common engineering jobs such as Electrical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Software Engineer; let’s take a look at some of the uncommon and perhaps ‘cool’ engineering jobs that actually do exist.

 

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