As we reach the halfway mark this year, June is synonymous with holidays for many of us, but for a lot of students it is also a time to look for work. For the control fraternity, this includes a large number of students that require work that is relevant to their studies to help them obtain the practical experience needed to complete their degrees.
There are many initiatives in South Africa by companies who have committed to play a part through creating opportunities that help job creation. Within the SAIMC, we have a vested interest in ensuring that we assist in this initiative. For this reason, one of the strategic focus projects we have identified is for development and training.
Interactions with learning institutions are vital to ensure that the voice of industry is heard when decisions are made about curriculums. Universities have great initiatives that are aimed to prepare students for Industrie 4.0. The employees of the future need to be prepared for this ‘digital revolution’ and input is required to ensure they have the skillsets to enable them to be agile, resilient and focused on the lean principles.
The SAIMC is therefore proud to launch its first student chapter. The initiative was launched within the Durban branch under the leadership of chairman Hennie Prinsloo, with assistance from Professor Ralph Naidoo of MUT, and will include collaboration between UKZN, DUT and MUT.
The chair of the student chapter will have a seat on the branch committee to ensure that the students are adequately represented within our organisation. This initiative will assist students through guidance from within the automation and control engineering fraternity, and activities will also be implemented to promote awareness of career opportunities. We urge students and members in the Durban area to join this initiative and look forward to the establishment of other student chapters around the country.
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The Identification of Engineering Work that has been in the making since 2000, was eventually gazetted in March this year. People now have roughly three years to comply – depending on your surname.
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The Durban branch held its latest technology meeting via Zoom on the first Wednesday of June. Bryan Baxter explained the importance of effective cybersecurity for industrial networks – something which ...
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Following lockdowns, shutdowns and the second wave, the Johannesburg branch rolled out a combined/online meeting for May, hosted by Adroit Technologies.
Dave Wibberley spoke on ...
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This month let’s examine the question: what is considered engineering work? (Refer to Government Gazette Vol 669 published 26 March 2021 No 44333.)
It is important to understand what is considered ...
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As a well-known and respected figure in the industry, Gary Friend (sales director, Extech Safety Systems) drew record crowds for the Durban branch’s July (virtual) technology meeting. His presentation ...
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The branch recently had the privilege of hosting Turck Banner for another hybrid technology evening, which was a great success. The topic was, ‘Have you seen the light?’
Kenneth McPherson, who was ...
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An integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched Nord IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit offers optimum system efficiency.
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It was interesting to see the comments around Cuban engineers being imported to do engineering work in South Africa. This brings me to the Identification of Engineering Work and Professional Registration ...
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Steam turbine control was the subject of the last technology evening presented by Moore Process Controls.
A steam turbine is a device that extracts thermal energy from pressurised steam and uses it ...
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SAIMC Zambia held customer training sessions via Zoom with VEGA Controls of South Africa, presented by Chris Van den Heever. The sessions tackled were as follows: 1. Radar basics on Vegapuls 64: applications ...