Steve Mackay
Dr Steve Mackay

Biography of Dr Steve Mackay

Dr Steve Mackay is the founder of the Engineering Institute of Technology. He firmly believes in Nelson Mandela’s mantra that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.” His leadership has inspired EIT’s unique and distinctive approach to engineering education.

Since 2008 three core objectives define the essence of the institute:

• Collaborating comprehensively with industry to ensure graduates are job-ready.

• Employing platforms of learning to facilitate student accessibility and engagement.

• Keeping the business of education student-centric.

Dr. Mackay has enjoyed a varied career in engineering, having worked in automation, data acquisition, instrumentation, data communications, and process control throughout Australia, Europe, Africa, and North America over the past 35 years. He has successfully pioneered the application of new technologies in Australia and overseas, installing industrial data communication systems and implementing live online education, (including remote laboratories), for engineering students worldwide.

Dr. Mackay has been involved in a range of industries, including power stations, mining, mineral processing, oil/gas/petrochemical plants, and platforms. He has presented courses on industrial data communications, data acquisition, instrumentation, and process control to over 30,000 engineers and technicians worldwide for clients such as NASA, Rolls Royce, and BP. He has also co-authored and edited 25 engineering books that have been published across the world. Dr. Mackay is a Fellow of Engineers Australia with a license to practice as a Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical Chartered Professional Engineer.

As Dean of the Engineering Institute of Technology, Dr. Mackay leads the institute in providing micro-credentials and engineering qualifications to over 1500 students per year from 140 countries. He has an unswerving focus on student outcomes and on excellence in education.

Publications and News

AI in Engineering – No Immediate Solutions for Specific Projects

19 April, 2024
One of the hottest shares at present is that of NVIDIA – a company prominent in the manufacturing of processors for use in AI – demonstrating that the AI hype has captured our imagination and is being enthusiastically embraced. It all began as a slow burn, but has been building...Read More

Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Automation: From Chatbots to Plant Chums and Hallucinations

29 May, 2023
EIT Dean, Dr. Steve Mackay, explores the substantial potential of artificial intelligence in industrial automation. He underscores AI's transformative capabilities in optimizing processes and enhancing efficiency, allowing for more streamlined operations. Additionally, Dr. Mackay highlights the advancements AI brings to predictive maintenance, enabling industries to anticipate equipment failures and perform...Read More

Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals

17 August, 2020
A lecturer and a postgraduate student from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) recently virtually attended the 29th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE2020) from the 17th to the 19th of July. ISIE focuses on advancements in knowledge, new methods, and technologies relevant to industrial electronics - along with...Read More

Education Agents

23 July, 2020
We have a network of registered Education Agents based around the globe. If you are an international student who would like to study with EIT on-campus in Australia, our Education Agents are able to provide student visa assistance combined with support and advice on finding the right program for you....Read More


23 July, 2020
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Industry Partnership Program

23 July, 2020
Our Industry Partnership Program is a key initiative in our commitment to the ongoing development of the engineering profession and the education of the next generation of industry leaders. We employ a unique delivery model that makes use of an international pool of expert lecturers, small class sizes, dedicated learning...Read More

EIT committed to the further development of female engineers

12 June, 2020
The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is committed to encouraging women to join the engineering industry and supporting our students throughout their respective journeys. In 2017, the World Economic Forum released reported that while approximately 20% of engineering graduates are women, only 13% of the engineering workforce is female. While...Read More

Meet EIT Lecturer Dr Arti Siddhpura

30 April, 2020
Dr Arti Siddhpura is one of EIT’s on-campus lecturers and is a decorated academic, holding a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia. Dr Siddhpura’s engineering journey began in 1996 at the Government Polytechnic University in India, where she earned in Diploma in Mechanical Engineering....Read More

Manga Olivier

10 March, 2020
Manga Olivier is a Chadanian engineer who completed his Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) through the Engineering Institute of Technology. He currently works for ExxonMobil in Chad as an Instrument and Controls Engineer. His career has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, but his fascination with engineering began when he...Read More

Anicet Herve Engoue Koungoue

12 December, 2019
Anicet Herve Engoue Kongoue is an EIT graduate, who completed our Advanced Diploma in Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities in 2018. He said this program helped him advance his career, so he has now enrolled in our Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies. He is...Read More

Gaston Kausa

13 August, 2019
Gaston Kausa is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate from Zambia who earned his Advanced Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. He felt an instant connection to engineering when in high school he was introduced to the technical drawing subject. “I fell in love with the subject,” he said. “From...Read More
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Happy International Women’s Day, engineers! There’s work to do

8 March, 2019
Today is International Women's Day. EIT is celebrating the women who are currently filling positions in the engineering industry across the globe. However, most experts are cognizant that more needs to be done to encourage women to enter the engineering industry. The World Economic Forum reports that women account for...Read More

Petro Chisale

5 March, 2019
Petro Chisale is never in one place for too long -- he goes where his electrical and instrumentation expertise is required. He graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) with an Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities. After high school, Petro attended...Read More

Michael James Ingham

8 February, 2017
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...Read More

Steve Parchert

18 January, 2017
One of our EIT students has had us thinking about the essential pairing of biomedical engineering and sport. Steve Parchert is completing our Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering and should have his head down, but instead has his feet up! As the image below indicates all is not as...Read More

Paula Palmer

18 January, 2017
Another student tale; from another part of the world and another field of engineering - and one that will clarify the alliteration used above – words that have been selected very carefully, as you will discover.Paula Palmer graduated from the EIT’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (DEE) in May...Read More

Hazel Woodhall

18 January, 2017
Hazel Woodhall, an enormously capable and determined student, graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Industrial Data Communications, Networking and IT, in the latter part of 2013. She praises the course for filling her knowledge gaps. In 2008 she joined Alstom UK (a French multinational company which holds interests in the electricity generation...Read More

Chris Liebenberg

18 January, 2017
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....Read More

Japan subway construction causes sinkhole

10 November, 2016
Sinkholes. They swallow houses, they devour cars. They eat up road, and they're happening around the world. A section of a five-lane street in Japanese business district Fukuoka was swallowed on Wednesday in what is being called a sinkhole. Subways were delayed and 800 houses were left without power. The...Read More
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State Model Diagrams for Teaching Networking – a SOLO Based Evaluation

27 July, 2016
The Cisco Network Academy Program is the world’s largest network technology curriculum with over 500,000 students’ worldwide. An analysis of this curriculum found that it did not provide students with a diagrammatic model that is consistent throughout the curriculum. Without such a model students develop their own which is likely...Read More

Can you calculate pressure in a tank?

9 August, 2012
Dear Colleagues An interesting little (simple) brain teaser for you – no matter whether what discipline or type of engineering professional you are. The ChallengeA tank at atmospheric pressure contains 1 kg of air. The tank is then pressurized with an additional 3 kgs of air. What is the resultant...Read More
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