This article explores Daniel White’s experience at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), highlighting well-structured coursework that established a robust foundation for his future.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led White, based in Gauteng, South Africa, to EIT’s hybrid learning platform. The degree’s accreditation and the program itself were also compelling.
Two years into the program, he found that the coursework’s depth and the international recognition of the program solidified his confidence in EIT for academic and professional growth.
Initially torn between computer science, humanities, and engineering, White decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) which is set to be completed in early 2024.
Can you share your overall experience studying at EIT and what initially drew you to the institution?
I chose to study at EIT because their classes are well-organized and provide a strong base for my future. Initially, I wasn’t sure whether to focus on computer science, humanities, or engineering. I ended up learning Tool, Jig, and Die-making at a technical college, where I gained hands-on experience in mechanical engineering. Originally, I planned to go to a local university, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to join EIT.
I liked EIT because they have a mix of online and synchronous webinars, they are accredited, and they offer a well-structured BSc degree. After being at EIT for two years, I’ve found their classes and international accreditation make me feel confident about both my academic and professional growth at the institution.
How has the flexibility of online learning at EIT helped you balance your studies with other commitments?
EIT’s distance learning flexibility has been a game-changer, especially during and post-COVID challenges. I was able to commit more time to my studies as I didn’t have to travel to and from a campus.
EIT’s online platform has revolutionized my academic approach, proving high-quality and more efficient than traditional methods.
What are the most significant challenges you’ve faced while completing your course at EIT, and how did you overcome them?
The coursework intensity at EIT posed a significant challenge, but the institution’s commitment to high standards and quality is a characteristic I greatly respect, and instilled confidence in me. Overcoming this challenge was made manageable by EIT’s robust support system, particularly the invaluable Learning Support Officers (LSOs).
These officers played a crucial role in mediating between students and lecturers, ensuring a smooth learning experience. When challenges arose, the LSOs provided essential support, securing additional resources and time within reasonable bounds.
Tell me about your favorite course or subject that you’ve studied at EIT and why it stood out to you.
Choosing a favorite course at EIT proves challenging, given the lasting impressions from several subjects. However, Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, and 3 stand out prominently, providing an exceptional depth of mathematical knowledge through the coverage of Calculus 1, 2, and 3.
Alongside these, core mechanical engineering subjects like Mechanics of Machines, Machine Design, Fluid Mechanics, and HVAC have left a profound impact on me as they offered valuable insights into specific areas of the field.
Lastly, thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer have proven particularly useful, playing a pivotal role in solidifying my understanding of concepts such as energy, enthalpy, and entropy.
Can you share a memorable or rewarding moment from your time at EIT that illustrates the value of your educational journey there?
Reflecting on my EIT journey, completing Engineering Mathematics 1 stands out for setting a positive tone and boosting my confidence in subsequent math courses. Overcoming initial concerns about complex mathematics, I enrolled in short courses, achieving distinctions in each subsequent course.
Another rewarding moment was navigating the challenges of thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer, deepening my understanding of energy transfer in engineering contexts.
The most notable achievement is unfolding in my final year project—a fully functional prototype of a 3-axis CNC milling machine. integrating knowledge from key mechanical engineering subjects, this project underscores the practical application of skills acquired at EIT, serving as a testament to the program’s quality and EIT’s success in preparing students for real-world engineering challenges.
Daniel White’s fully functional prototype of a 3-axis CNC milling machine
How has the quality of instruction and support from EIT’s faculty and staff contributed to your learning experience?
From the start, EIT demonstrated a commitment to clear and effective instruction, evident in the streamlined application process, organized semester orientations, and concise module instructions. The robust support system, notably the responsive LSOs, significantly enhanced my learning experience.
EIT’s efficient handling of concerns contributed to a positive overall learning journey. The quality of instruction, combined with the supportive environment of EIT’s faculty and staff, enriched my learning journey.
Could you describe any practical or hands-on experiences you’ve had as part of your course, and how they have enriched your learning?
As a hybrid institution, EIT prioritizes a practical component mandated by TEQSA and Engineers Australia. Students can fulfill lab requirements on-campus, attend local workshops, or choose Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Leveraging my trade background, I received full credits for practical modules, avoiding the need to travel.
Despite EIT’s high-quality practicals, my industry journey before academia provided a richer hands-on experience, leading me to choose RPL.
EIT’s practical online lab components contribute significantly to a well-rounded engineering education, offering valuable hands-on experience for students.
Have you had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students in your EIT program, and if so, how has this collaboration enhanced your understanding of the subject matter?
Working with students from America, England, Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany, was outstanding. Our shared passion for engineering fueled valuable collaboration on challenging assignments.
Beyond academics, these collaborations offered a unique opportunity to appreciate different cultures and perspectives, showcasing the power of global teamwork. Witnessing individuals from various parts of the globe unite for a common goal not only expanded my engineering knowledge but also enriched my understanding from a broader, humanistic standpoint, inspiring me in ways beyond technical aspects.
As you’re nearing the end of your course, what are your future career aspirations, and how has EIT prepared you for them?
I will be interviewing for an Automation Tooling Design Engineer position in the automotive industry, which aligns well with my background.
Alternatively, I’ve received interest in entry-level R&D Design Engineer roles. My overarching career goal is to become a design engineer in mechanical engineering, specifically focusing on designing and manufacturing mechanical and automated systems.
The EIT degree program, with its structured and up-to-date curriculum aligned with industry standards, has equipped me with the skills for diverse paths within mechanical engineering.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering enrolling in an EIT program based on your own experiences and the satisfaction you’ve gained from your studies?
For high school graduates seeking an immersive experience, on-campus study in Perth or Melbourne is recommended. To establish a well-rounded engineering foundation, consider enrolling in an engineering trade college alongside EIT’s BSc degree program through online study.
This unique route offers a trade qualification and an internationally accredited BSc degree in engineering within 4 to 6 years, providing comprehensive education and practical knowledge surpassing traditional engineering degrees.
Technicians aspiring to become engineers can opt for EIT’s online study, allowing part-time study while maintaining a professional life, and completing a BSc degree within 4 to 6 years.
If on-campus study in Australia or pursuing a trade alongside the degree isn’t feasible, EIT accommodates diverse academic journeys. The institution supports students with practical lab modules in country-specific branches, eliminating extensive travel for mandatory practicals.