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  • EIT graduate celebrates an ongoing life in engineering

    Sep 10, 2020 | 07:16 am

    EIT graduate celebrates an ongoing life in engineering Ray Crawshaw is an engineer who currently works in the mining industry in Australia. He is also an Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) alumnus, having studied our 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering and our Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation).Ray has spent his working life pursuing more practical and hands-on jobs and has filled a plethora of roles in several countries and regions. He truly has had a decorated career, with 35 years of experience in the oil & gas, power generation, and mining sectors. Later on in his career, Ray looked to add higher education qualifications to his resume, further building upon his skills and technical knowledge. Nearing retirement age is not slowing Ray down — he is more determined and hungry for growth in his academic and working career than ever before.A son of a farmer, Ray went to school in a country farming region in[…]

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  • EIT students thrive online while waiting to attend on-campus

    Sep 10, 2020 | 06:14 am

    EIT students thrive online while waiting to attend on-campus The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) has alumni from over 40 countries and is one of the only institutes in the world that can boast a truly global spectrum of learners due to its online student body. However, EIT also has two campuses in Australia that are ready and able to welcome both local and international students for on-campus studies in 2021.The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in international students traveling to Australia. Encouragingly, EIT has the ability to allow students to stay abreast of their studies while waiting for travel restrictions to lift due to its unique, refined, online delivery model. EIT has been conducting and perfecting online engineering education for the last ten years. The Engineering Institute of Technology has therefore remained open throughout the year without disruption, and is offering future on-campus students an option to begin their studies online and finish the qualification on campus[…]

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  • The Art of Support: EIT’s Learning Support Officers

    Sep 10, 2020 | 02:46 am

    The Art of Support: EIT’s Learning Support Officers The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a unique global institute, delivering online engineering short courses, diplomas, and degrees. Students around the world log into EIT’s synchronous online virtual campus to network with other students and lecturers in real-time. Underpinning this live online academic delivery are EIT’s Learning Support Officers (LSOs), who play a key role in helping students succeed in their studies. They become a student’s trusted advisor and provide guidance and encouragement on a student’s learning journey.“We are the dot connectors for everything a student needs to complete a qualification or course,” said Holly Ross, an LSO based in New Zealand. Holly has been working with EIT for the last seven years, watching the institute grow from strength to strength. “I have gone from seeing our systems and procedures changing rapidly with the growth of the company and the ever-changing world of technology.”Learning Support Officers walk alongside students[…]

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  • Launch Date for EIT’s New eLibrary

    Sep 10, 2020 | 02:11 am

    Launch Date for EIT’s New eLibrary EIT’s Academic Resources, Higher Education, and IT departments have been working in the background over the past few months to revamp the EIT eLibrary, hosted on Moodle. We are pleased to announce that the official launch date is 1st October 2020!What is happening?We have updated the EIT eLibrary to a new, more user-friendly format. This includes new information to support students throughout their course, easier access to the IDC technical manuals, and a complete overhaul of the Open Access Resources content.The goal of this update is to improve, modernize, and re-organize the learning resources available to students so that it is easy to navigate and provides more useful content. Some of the major changes include: An upgrade to the IDC technical manuals viewer to ensure eBooks are easier to read online A complete overhaul of the Open Access Resources content to include a centralized listing of reputable open access publishers[…]

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  • Bye-bye to batteries in industrial facilities of the future

    Sep 10, 2020 | 01:43 am

    Bye-bye to batteries in industrial facilities of the future The industrial facility or smart-factory of the future is, in fact, here today. Automated processes ensure efficiency, and round-the-clock monitoring promises ongoing operations. However, not a lot of consideration is given to the crucial sensors in an industrial set up that makes this possible. Industrial sensors are the smaller but omnipresent element within those industrial facilities and factories, monitoring the entire ecosystem of an industrial operation and making sure those processes continue without a hitch. As sensor networks are brought online and form part of the Internet of Things (IoT) future, keeping them online is imperative. Industrial sensors typically run off of lithium-ion batteries and inevitably need replacing. A new startup is innovating in the space and taking the battery out of the equation altogether. Smart factories and other industrial operations face replacement costs since sensor batteries eventually deplete. Some sensor batteries can last for up to a year before[…]

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  • World-first wireless electricity supply headed for consumers

    Aug 17, 2020 | 07:39 am

    World-first wireless electricity supply headed for consumers An electricity startup company in New Zealand says they are working toward a launch of a world-first wireless energy transmission system they assert will be opening up the world's access to power. They reportedly will be using tele-energy technology to enable long-range wireless energy transmission that is safe, reliable, and cost-effective. Echoing the work of inventor Nikola Tesla, the company hopes to democratize access to electricity. If the company succeeds in rolling out the technology, it could usher in a new era of electrical engineering.Nikola Tesla, who famously engineered the alternating current system toward the end of his life, was attempting to engineer a system where electricity could be transmitted to single antennas in consumers' homes. In turn, he hoped the wireless energy would power entire households and give everyone in the world access to electricity — the attempts at figuring out the technology led to the creation of the[…]

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  • Another reason to take the stairs? Elevators in a pandemic

    Aug 17, 2020 | 04:12 am

    Another reason to take the stairs? Elevators in a pandemic It is estimated that in the United States alone, elevators travel up to 4.5 million miles every single day. The 31st of July is International Talk In An Elevator Day — it encourages people to engage with someone in an elevator, instead of looking down at their devices and ignoring their surroundings. However, for the first time since ‘Talk In An Elevator Day’ was coined, engineers and scientists are warning against striking up conversations in elevators. The coronavirus pandemic has put the day on pause for 2020 — and there is good scientific evidence as to why.Amid the pandemic, Richard Corsi, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science and a specialist in indoor air quality at Portland State University in the United States, said: “They should put big signs on the elevator: ‘Do Not Speak.’”He said this because of the risk run by people who are entering elevators during this time,[…]

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  • Segway ends production of its iconic two wheeler

    Aug 17, 2020 | 03:40 am

    Segway ends production of its iconic two wheeler It was hailed as the next giant leap for personal transportation. Now, it seems, the idea has become redundant. The Segway PT was a one-person electric vehicle that was brought to market in 2001 — with extreme hype and expectation. Nineteen years later, the self-balancing, two-wheeled personal transporter is being discontinued. It seems that lower consumer demand for the vehicle has convinced Segway to pull the vehicle from its assembly lines, to instead focus on other projects in the mobility industry.The discontinuation of one product and the evolution of another is seemingly the great challenge for consumer-driven engineering companies all over the world. As technology advances and some technologies become obsolete, one can look back at how those technologies laid the foundation for newer, more advanced technologies to enter the market.The Segway PT, while an attractive prospect for consumers, was dogged with scathing headlines whenever a crash of the vehicle[…]

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  • Lighting the path forward for illumination engineers

    Aug 17, 2020 | 03:01 am

    Lighting the path forward for illumination engineers Lighting design brings together art and science: requiring the designer to apply both creative, visually appealing, and effective spaces. Lighting professionals work in a variety of roles and project areas: malls, hospitals, residences, roads, tunnels, sports arenas, and more. The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is offering a 52856WA - Advanced Diploma of Illumination Engineering and Lighting Design, starting in November, that will equip students looking to go into the lighting industry with the fundamentals of illumination and lighting.Lighting also happens to be essential for crop-growing in greenhouses, which in turn, helps geographical regions develop food security. The growth lights industry has been gaining momentum in the last couple of years as urban farming gains in popularity.Specialists in the lighting industry are in demand, with farming companies looking to build the best lighting designs to produce bigger harvests. Growth lights are a critical component of the urban agricultural sector in[…]

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  • Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals

    Aug 17, 2020 | 02:26 am

    Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals 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 their applications and future developments. EIT’s two representatives submitted academic papers at the symposium to report their findings on vitally important topics to the industry. Their contributions will spur innovation in the industry, and provide solutions to engineering problems prevalent in both the energy and renewable energy sectors.Dr. Seyed Morteza Alizadeh started his position as a Lecturer at EIT’s Melbourne campus in July 2019, conducting classes for our Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems) and Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) courses EIT offers. Soon after he joined EIT, he was promoted to research coordinator with a strong focus on research activities[…]

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  • EIT graduate sets sights on becoming Botswana's next best civil engineer

    Aug 14, 2020 | 07:10 am

    EIT graduate sets sights on becoming Botswana's next best civil engineer Phillippus Roedolf (Rudy) Botha is the Managing Director of Victory Business Ventures — a family-owned construction company. He is also an Engineering Institute of Technology alumnus, having completed our 52724WA - Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering in 2020. With his career trajectory in mind, Rudy has been working to both gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical work experience to achieve more sophisticated and management roles within industry.Rudy achieved his Matric Certificate at Southdowns College in 2013. Unsure of the career path he wanted to follow, he decided to take a gap year in 2014. The year after that, he enrolled in Damelin College, to study a Diploma in Civil Engineering. Rudy had zeroed in on his newfound passion."I have always been fascinated with the structural features of buildings and the manner in which they are created. I have always felt a passion to be able to create buildings and[…]

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  • Inspection engineering practitioner helping industry avoid disaster

    Aug 12, 2020 | 05:52 am

    Inspection engineering practitioner helping industry avoid disaster When engineering equipment fails, the consequences can be severe or even catastrophic. Jan Croucamp has dedicated his career to ensuring the ongoing integrity and reliability of plants and equipment in the engineering services industry. He is a highly credentialed professional in the inspection engineering field in South Africa.While maintaining his employment, Jan recently completed EIT’s 52810WA - Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering to formalize his 17 years of practical experience. He advocates for the importance of supplementing applied learning with theoretical knowledge in carving out a long term career in industry. He says he chose the course because it was most in line with the industry he is working in.“This course gave me in-depth theoretical knowledge to my already in-depth practical knowledge — so it rounded me off nicely. The fact that it was online means you can work and still study no matter where you are. I literally studied[…]

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  • The time for future-proofing yourself and enhancing your skills is now

    Aug 12, 2020 | 02:55 am

    The time for future-proofing yourself and enhancing your skills is now Lifelong learning is imperative for an engineer. Sometimes it is thought of as an informal process consisting of collecting small skills after university graduation and applying them to whatever the engineer's daily tasks are. While that may be true, continued professional development within the industry you are working in is crucial too.In an ever-changing world transformed by technology, there are vital skills to amass in a way that complements your career and employability as technology continues to reshape the industry. Luckily for the full-time employed engineering professional, upskilling can be done swiftly. The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides intensive three-month Professional Certificates for professionals in engineering fields. The best part is that the short courses can be completed online and part-time through EIT's unique delivery model. This allows students to continue to grow their engineering skill-sets and develop their careers.EIT is aware of the constant advancement and rapid automating[…]

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  • How to refine your study methods for online learning

    Jul 20, 2020 | 03:11 am

    How to refine your study methods for online learning Online learning suits self-starters and people who really want to learn, but it can be a challenge because students need to have discipline and self-motivation in establishing effective learning and study methods.  As we launch into a new financial year and, for many, a new academic semester, it is time to review, revisit, and refine your approach to learning.When looking for methods of learning to improve your retention of new concepts and academic results, it is important to consider tried and tested methodologies alongside new ideas. Gamifying studies, decluttering a work/study space, creating mental pathways for recall, and trying out new time management methods are effective strategies in ensuring your academic success. Learning How to Learn Barbara Oakley is an American Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and McMaster University who delivers courses providing practical advice on tackling daunting subjects and developing learning practices related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.[…]

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  • How EIT provides next-generation exam invigilation

    Jul 20, 2020 | 02:30 am

    How EIT provides next-generation exam invigilation The COVID-19 pandemic forced many education institutions to take entire campuses online almost overnight. Despite a massive growth and adoption in online education technology in recent years, many institutions struggled to translate their on-campus delivery methodology to an online environment and, in particular, were unprepared in how to ensure academic integrity online. This has resulted in a scramble to adopt exam proctoring and remote invigilation software, providing the Engineering Institute of Technology a competitive advantage and new business stream.Over the last three years, the Engineering Institute of Technology has perfected an online exam proctoring, and remote invigilation software to autonomously monitor students while they undertake an exam. This system is named IRIS Invigilation.IRIS was developed by the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) in conjunction with Curtin University in Western Australia. EIT is now the sole education partner of IRIS internationally and utilizes the software to invigilate online assessments and exams[…]

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