Endress+Hauser, a leading field instrumentation specialist, has recently been accredited as an experiential training partner by the Technikon Witwatersrand. A limited number of final-year Electrical Engineering Diploma students in the field of process instrumentation will be invited to spend a six-month period with the company, gaining much needed practical experience relevant to their fields of study. While the three-year diploma does include both theoretical and laboratory exercises, experiential training allows students to acquire valuable practical field experience, both in the state-of-the-art service department of Endress+Hauser, and on-site at the process.
Johann Fouché, Lita Mpahlwa and Nico Marneweck at the accreditation ceremony
At the recent accreditation award ceremony, Johann Fouché, Head, School of Electrical Engineering, Technikon Witwatersrand, remarked: "This partnership between our Technikon and Endress+Hauser has far-reaching and very significant implications for our students and in the interest of skills development, we hope to replicate this initiative countrywide."
"Technikons have very strict experiential training programme standards," says Endress+Hauser Service Manager Nico Marneweck. "Companies that apply for accreditation must comply to a specific set of topical criteria. Once accredited, these companies become part of an Advisory Committee, which sets the rules and guidelines for experiential training from both academic and industry perspectives.
"Our decision to make our knowledge and services available to Technikons and universities should be seen as more than just a contribution in the fight against South Africa's growing lack of practical skills and experience, it should be recognised as a concerted effort by Endress+Hauser to ensure that Electrical Engineering Diplomas and Degrees remain relevant to the needs and technologies dominating our local market at any given time," Marneweck explains, "and we encourage other vendors in the instrumentation market to follow this example.
"Our first student - and we intend taking in a number of students annually - has already been in attendance for two and a half months," Marneweck reveals. "He has made a very good impression and certainly set high standards for future attendees."
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