The end of the year can be an emotional time for all of us. Was this your best year yet, or not so great? You start to get a feel as the end approaches, and 2020 is no exception, especially with the ‘new normal’ brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all counting down the days to 2021 – a new year with new possibilities.
During 2020, the branch has started engaging with Dr Joubert, head of the Department of Process Control and Computer Systems at the Vaal University of Technology, regarding the role SAIMC can play at tertiary institutions. The following topics, amongst others, were discussed:
• Student mentorship and career guidance.
• Participation of students in SAIMC and ECSA, as well as the benefits of being members thereof.
• Connecting students to industry, thus recommending them to companies which can absorb them as in-service trainees.
• Recognition of new qualification frameworks such as the phasing out of the B.Tech degree and introduction of the Advanced Diploma and work integrated learning. To unpack this topic, the branch will host Dr Joubert during a technical evening in February, just before the 2021 academic year begins.
The branch thanks all patron members, sponsors, technical evening presenters, the committee and members at large for their continued support during 2020.
SAIMC: Cape Town branch February 2021, SAIMC
What an interesting year 2020 was and we are looking forward to an exciting 2021.
The branch recently held its annual AGM and elected new branch management team. This event was a hybrid meeting where ...
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The branch held its annual general meeting via Zoom on 27 January. Secretary, John Owen-Ellis, welcomed everybody and gave a brief review of 2020 which, with the death of branch general manager Hennie ...
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The branch held its AGM via Skype on 20 January. It was well attended and followed the usual protocol with the branch manager’s report, financial report and voting. Branch manager Ann de Beer reported ...
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In the last few publications we looked at the newly envisaged mechatronics qualification. We looked at the different groups within mechatronics as was recommended to ECSA, namely: factory automation, ...
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, SAIMC The new mechatronics qualification For the last few weeks there has been a team working on the new Mechatronics Discipline Specific Training Guidelines (DSTG). The team consisted of: • Henry Heymans ...
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On 4 November, Rob Wright, MD of RJ Connect, gave an informative presentation on the subject of cybersecurity to Durban branch members and anyone else who joined the open invitation Microsoft Teams meeting. ...
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The last month will be remembered as an exciting one where the branch facilitated two technical evenings, hosted by Proconics and Yokogawa. We also hosted our first technical evening where members could ...
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Last month I spoke about the new mechatronics engineering discipline. It has quite an impact on SAIMC members, as previously we had to register and be interviewed by electrical or mechanical professionals. ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch November 2020, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Ralph White from ifm electronic presented on the topic of vibration monitoring and how it provides the ability to detect changes in machine health. Once a machine’s condition ...