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  • Meet Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the two engineers who became Space X astronauts

    Jun 26, 2020 | 08:29 am

    Meet Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the two engineers who became Space X astronauts On the 30th of May 2020, after four years of preparation, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT in the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the monumental flight marked the first time in history that NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.“This is a dream come true for me and everyone at Space X,” said Elon Musk, chief engineer at SpaceX. “You can look at this as the results of a hundred thousand people roughly when you add up all the suppliers and everyone working incredibly hard to make this day happen.”Credits: SpaceXKnown as NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is described as an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system. Acting as the first test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon with[…]

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  • Meet EIT On-Campus Lecturer: Dr Yuanyuan Fan

    Jun 23, 2020 | 03:53 am

    Meet EIT On-Campus Lecturer: Dr Yuanyuan Fan A passionate electrical engineer and educator, Dr Yuanyuan Fan is a course coordinator and on-campus lecturer at EIT’s Perth campus in Australia, working to develop the future generation of industrial automation and electrical engineers. Dr Fan studied at the North China Electric Power University, earning her bachelor degree in 2010, and subsequently her master’s degree in 2013. However, she had already been actively working in the electrical engineering sector as far back as 2006. She says that her passion for engineering stemmed from her love of physics at a young age. “I chose to study engineering because my favourite subject in school was physics. Based on my understanding at that time, engineering was the closest career path in proximity to physics - especially the practical element of physics. I knew I chose the correct area the moment I started my bachelor degree,” she said. Dr Fan has extensive knowledge in power system design,[…]

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  • Automation to skyrocket post-pandemic

    Jun 19, 2020 | 06:11 am

    Automation to skyrocket post-pandemic Opportunities in industrial automation are expected to exponentially increase as the global pandemic highlights the need to speed up the adoption of automation to ensure productivity. The shift in trends from traditional techniques to digitized systems has revolutionized supply chain management. Robotics and automated processes are helping companies operate more efficiently and are creating new avenues of work for engineering technicians, technologists and professional engineers. Companies are investing in automation technologies, such as robotics, smart sensors, industrial digital computers, and more, to keep their operations efficient. Automotive, retail, transportation & logistics, manufacturing, mining and the energy sectors have a renewed appetite to increase automated processes for cost optimization and productivity.Adversely, instead of slowing down, some essential industries have had to increase production amid global lockdowns. The pandemic has highlighted the increasing need for industrial automation to keep industry operating as crises threaten more shutdowns in the future.MarketandResearch.biz has posted a[…]

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  • Student Story: Johnson Itumeleng

    Jun 12, 2020 | 04:07 am

    Student Story: Johnson Itumeleng Johnson Itumeleng is an industrial electrician from Botswana who recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology with a 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering. He currently works for the Debswana Orapa Mine.“I chose this course because I have always wanted to be an electrical engineer. My studying experience with EIT has been consistently good. EIT has a lot to offer and is very capable. I have learned a lot, and I am executing my daily work in a much more professional manner with what I have learned from EIT. I am recommending to my workmates to enroll in this course — one of my colleagues is actually already enrolled, in fact,” he said.Johnson had immense respect for his grandmother as he grew up. He also had an affinity for engineering — specifically electrical engineering. With his grandmother encouraging him, and a dream to succeed in engineering, he was[…]

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  • EIT committed to the further development of female engineers

    Jun 12, 2020 | 03:50 am

    EIT committed to the further development of female engineers 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 the industry is still very much dominated by males, it is still worth reflecting on the work that has already been done by females to change this, one step at a time.Australia’s first female electrical engineer, Florence Violet McKenzie, had an incredible career that was characterized by her contribution to encouraging women to become engineers, and for her wireless communication efforts in World War II.In the early 1930’s she was the only female member of the Wireless Institute of Australia, which is where she took her electrical wiring knowledge and expanded on that by studying the chemistry of television. She joined[…]

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  • Make a mark in the engineering world with an EIT Professional Doctor of Engineering

    Jun 10, 2020 | 06:02 am

    Make a mark in the engineering world with an EIT Professional Doctor of Engineering The Engineering Institute of Technology will soon be rolling out a new flagship Professional Doctor of Engineering qualification for engineering professionals looking to contribute to the development of their specific engineering disciplines. We are proud to announce that Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), has approved the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Professional Doctor of Engineering for delivery in 2021. EIT’s doctorate provides engineering professionals the opportunity to solve a problem or develop an improvement to an engineering challenge in their employment. Students will soon be able to apply for the Professional Doctor of Engineering and take a leading role in the research and development of the specific industries that they are involved in - with the assurance that they will be professionally recognized as Doctors of Engineering upon completion of the program. The Engineering Institute of Technology[…]

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  • Road construction fundamentals are being revolutionized

    Jun 10, 2020 | 05:43 am

    Road construction fundamentals are being revolutionized Roads are an essential part of everyday life and crucial to economic development. Transportation networks require well-maintained roads; however, the maintenance of roads is a resource-heavy job. It is a costly exercise for local governments to constantly repair roads, and therefore, the sector is primed for innovation.The techniques involved in the construction of roads are in flux and being revolutionized across the globe. Keeping abreast of the latest methodologies may be daunting for engineers; however, the Engineering Institute of Technology is ready and able to equip engineers with the skills they need to thrive in the industry.A technological leap in road repairExperts predict that soon small autonomous unmanned vehicles may be dispatched to patch cracked and potholed roads. Others say the key to road construction and maintenance in the future lies in self-healing concrete, making disruptive road works a thing of the past.Purdue University’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering has[…]

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  • Moodle Infrastructure Upgrade

    Jun 7, 2020 | 06:25 am

    Hi everyone,We will be conducting an infrastructure upgrade on EIT’s Moodle site.What is happening?We will be migrating our Moodle site to a new and improved server. The goal of this upgrade is to both enhance the security and flexibility of our Moodle site.Preserving both the integrity and security of our students’ data is something we take very seriously at EIT. The new infrastructure has a range of pre-configured security features that provide industrial grade firewall protection, system alerts for malicious activity, and frequent anti-virus scans. We also have the capability now of facilitating security patches with ease; enabling us to stay up-to-date with the latest security trends, while also ensuring we can streamline our future maintenance period. How does this impact you?Moodle will be unavailable on the 16th of June at 1AM UTC for a period of 2 hours.All Learning Support Officers are aware of this downtime, and all BlackBoard sessions[…]

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  • Earn an Industry-Oriented Higher Education Engineering Certificate in Six Months

    May 21, 2020 | 08:23 am

    Earn an Industry-Oriented Higher Education Engineering Certificate in Six Months In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Federal Government has announced a relief package, which means they are funding six-month higher education certificates in ‘priority areas’ – one of which is engineering.We have been busy designing industry-oriented online undergraduate certificates and graduate certificates to help those already working in the engineering field, or those who want to enter the engineering field, retrain or upskill.For a small contribution, you will be able to earn a short qualification from EIT in the areas of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial automation engineering, and civil and structural engineering.Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said this package was designed to give those affected by the coronavirus an opportunity to upskill or look at different career options for the future.“We’re slashing the prices of degrees and diplomas in short courses to enable people, rather than binging on Netflix, to be able to binge on studying –areas[…]

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  • Upskilling for the Future of Work

    May 21, 2020 | 04:13 am

    Upskilling for the Future of Work The ‘future of work’ is being shaped by a powerful force; the growing adoption of online technologies and artificial intelligence in the workplace. This year has seen the world as we once knew it change rapidly, with the majority of the globe going into an unprecedented lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is easy (and expected) to feel anxious when there is so much uncertainty and change, there is an opportunity to upskill or skill shift in technology and leadership to meet the requirements of continuously evolving workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded that workplaces and education providers adapt to new technologies. These technologies have allowed people to work and study from home while maintaining consistent levels of communication and collaboration. The pandemic has also painted a picture of a world where automated machines increasingly replace workers so that companies can become more efficient, ensure fiscal responsibility, and[…]

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  • A dream, hard work and a little support

    May 15, 2020 | 00:46 am

    A dream, hard work and a little support As a passionate educator, EIT’s Dean, Dr Steve Mackay, never underestimates the benefits of a good quality education. When a career path and an individual are aligned he knows the sky is the limit.  Engineering and technology are the focus of EIT, but so too are those who yearn to work in a field of endeavour that inspires and drives them every day. This is the story of a young South African man who, with has his heart set on farming, is achieving his dream. Asanda Mnguni is the one with the vision, but he is being supported by his indomitable mother, Nomsa (Gloria) Mkhwanazi, a gifted farmer, Ms Gitti Kraupner, and the Engineering Institute of Technology. Asanda is 21 years old and studying away from home, but during college holidays he lives with Gloria, a single parent, a house keeper and part-time carer of the frail and elderly. They live at[…]

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  • Student Story: Aaron Giovenco

    May 11, 2020 | 03:31 am

    Student Story: Aaron Giovenco Aaron Giovenco is an electro-technical specialist who works in the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries. He says our 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation developed both his theoretical and practical knowledge in the automation space, which will help him to further his career.He began his career as an electrician after seeking employment opportunities in Perth, Western Australia, due to its mining boom. While studying his apprenticeship, he realized he was interested in engineering.“Back in 2008, when pursuing my electrical apprenticeship, I found the theoretical side interesting and enjoyed learning it,” he said.“This passion has continued to evolve over my career. I enjoy designing and coming up with solutions, which is why I’ve decided to pursue a career in the engineering industry, and automation and control engineering has great future job growth potential.”Once he became qualified, Aaron spent a couple of years working in a myriad of different[…]

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  • EIT internal synergy and mentorshipthe key to success

    May 7, 2020 | 05:56 am

    EIT internal synergy and mentorshipthe key to success It is said that iron sharpens iron. At the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), that statement rings true every day. There is an ecosystem of managers, learning support officers, and course advisors who work in tandem to ensure students enrolled in our programs are on their way to achieving their academic and career goals.The South African office has had to roll with the punches of the strict lockdown regulations imposed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.Sisipho Phakamisa, an EIT Learning Support Officer, says the person who has been keeping her on-track amidst the lockdown is EIT Africa’s International Education Manager and South African Office Manager David Gadjus.“He has proven to be a proactive leader, as well as very supportive,” she said.“He engages a lot with the team, and he always jumps at the opportunity to help. The lockdowns took us all by surprise, and he has done a great[…]

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  • Student Story: Hamis Mahushi 

    Apr 30, 2020 | 04:54 am

    Student Story: Hamis Mahushi  Hamis Mahushi is a Tanzanian born instrumentation and control technician and alumnus of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT). Since graduating from our 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation, he has furthered his career in the mining automation industry and taken on a leadership role. He currently works at North Mara Gold Mine, a few kilometers from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. His engineering journey started in 2009 — which Hamis refers to as “the year of my life” — when he enroled in an Ordinary Diploma of Electrical Engineering. In 2012, he began working at North Mara Gold Mine, which was controlled by a company named African Barrick Gold at the time. In 2014, the company changed its name to Acacia Mining.Under Acacia Mining, he got the opportunity to work as the Instrumentation Mechanician. A superintendent at the mine noticed Hamis’ thirst for knowledge and encouraged him to[…]

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  • How Drones Are Saving Lives in Australian Oceans

    Apr 30, 2020 | 03:20 am

    How Drones Are Saving Lives in Australian Oceans Australia is well-known for its beautiful beaches, with over one million tourists making their way to the beach each year. From national surf competitions to school swimming lessons, Australian beach culture is a huge part of the country’s national identity.  However, there is one significant challenge that comes with enjoying over 20,000 kilometers of coastline, and that is patrolling it. Due to not only its size but also the sheer amount of potential dangers lurking beneath the waters surface, keeping Australia’s majestic coastlines safe is a logistical nightmare. But a world-first in drone technology may be the potential solution.Founded in 2015, Australian company ‘The Ripper Group’ develops search and rescue drones that can monitor beaches and deploy emergency care packages to people in need. With features including being able to alert lifeguards to people who need saving to being able to spot incoming predators, their drones are already being used across[…]

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