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Engineering Education

More adjudicators needed for new regulations

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 With the implementation of the Prompt Payment Regulation and Adjudication Standard for construction contracts imminent, multidisciplinary consulting firm MDA Consulting laments the lack of adjudicators in the industry to deal with disputes. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg
SCIENCE LABORATORY The Sangari Life Sciences Lab allows students to experience experiments at their own pace

PROTEC opens more education centres

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 South African nonprofit organisation PROTEC opened two new education centres in Gauteng, on June 6, 2016, in Ebony Park, Midrand, and on October 3, 2016 at the Soweto Empowerment Zone, with plans to open another in Atteridgeville, in Pretoria, next year. 

PROTEC opens more education centres
CONTINUED GROWTH A new centre will be opened in Atteridgeville next year

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The need for skills upliftment in the construction industry has never been more vital as South Africa prepares for the long-awaited roll-out of tenders for government’s strategic integrated projects (Sips) in 2016, states The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016
PROPELLING CONCRETE Courses presented by The Concrete Institute aim to build a greater understanding of concrete in the construction industry

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has opened its first in-house training centre to meet the growing demand for tuition by qualified members of and new entrants to the profession.  

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training
ENHANCED ENVIRONMENT Larry Feinberg and Karl Trusler at the new EduTech Training Centre of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

Globally recognised accreditation ups value for design students

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 Draughting institution The Draughting Academy has received accreditation from UK-based skills development institution City & Guilds, and claims to have ensured enhanced compatibility with the certification.  

Globally recognised  accreditation ups value for design students
ENHANCED CREDIBILITY The Draughting Academy’s new City & Guild accreditation will enhance the credibility of its students

Offshore oil & gas training centre aims to attract more SA citizens

     20th November 2015 Cape Town-based chemicals industry training centre AOOG company coordinator Nicole Smithdorf would like more South Africans to enrol for training at the centre, as he predicts an end to the current oil slump in 2016, leaving the industry in need of trained personnel to work on offshore platforms.... 

Offshore oil & gas training centre aims to attract more SA citizens

Bringing US training technology to local market

     21st November 2014 Cape Town-based educational and corporate technology solutions supplier Edit Microsystems says that it now distributes welding training technology, the GuideWeld Live to the Southern African market. The GuideWeld Live has been developed and manufactured by US-based   experiential learning... 

Company invests R1.5m in training centre

     21st November 2014 Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, this year invested R1.5-million in the 200 m2 training centre at its Johannesburg office, where it offers training that earns the company’s employees and users of its products continuing... 

Company invests R1.5m  in training centre
TRAINING Zest WEG Group prides itself on the number of people that have passed through the doors of its training centre at its Johannesburg head office.

Energy efficiency training for engineers

     21st November 2014 The National Cleaner Production Center of South Africa (NCPC-SA) – hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – says that its four-year training programme, under the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, which is aimed at capacitating engineers and other energy... 

Energy efficiency training for engineers
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa promotes and supports energy efficiency in industry

Life skills training for engineering students a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st November 2014 According to professional services firm SMEC South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal-based office, its workplace integrated learning and training initiative for civil engineering students from previously disadvantaged communities – the life skills training programme that has been incorporated into the... 

R1m investment for future engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st November 2014 Gases and welding company Afrox invested more than R1-million in upgrading and resourcing five technical secondary schools in Gauteng - one of which is the Jabulani Technical High School, in Soweto, which the company unveiled last month. Upgrades to the other four schools – Modiri Technical High... 

R1m investment for  future engineers
FUTURE ENGINEERS Afrox officials inspecting the work of Jabulani Technica High School learners at the unveiling on their school

Yearly challenge bridges gap between lecture room and workplace

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st November 2014 Engineering and pneumatics company SEW-Eurodrive says its yearly competition, the PneuDrive Challenge for engineering students, goes a long way towards bridging the gap between the skills produced by the higher education system and the skills that business needs. SEW-Eurodrive marketing and... 

Yearly challenge bridges gap between lecture room and workplace
SEW-EURODRIVE The company runs several initiatives that exposes engineering students to the working environment

Company to spend R90-million to expand its operations

     22nd November 2013 Training company Artisan Training Institute (ATI) reports that it will spend R90-million over the next few years to expand its operations. 

Developing graduates key to sustaining industry

     22nd November 2013 The declining number of skilled individuals in South Africa’s engineering fraternity has prompted engineering and construction company Fluor to attract, train, employ and develop young engineers through its Young Graduate Development Programme, introduced in 2005. 

Developing graduates with a ‘green’ conscience 

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 As a result of the success of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) national internship programme, over the past three years, companies have incurred cost-savings of more than R30-million, says NCPC-SA skills development manager Wynand van der Merwe. 

Emphasis placed on the skills development of women

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 South African State-owned power utility Eskom has crafted a framework for the advancement and development of women in technical and leadership. Moving forward, the focus will be on ensuring that the company has the right skills in the right places, Eskom human resource senior GM Elsie Pule tells... 

Engineering study centre recognised for advancement of steel use

     22nd November 2013 South Africa is making headway in using steel in modern building designs, as was evident in the new Engineering Study Centre at the University of Pretoria. 

Future artisan training expectations unrealistic

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 While some parties in South Africa believe that the government’s target of 46 000 artisans by 2014/15 is a possible goal, training company Artisan Training Institute (ATI), cofounder and director Sean Jones says this goal is “far beyond anyone’s grasp”. 

Graduate shortages hamper infrastructure development

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 The South African government has ambitious, trillion-rand infrastructure plans for the next decade, but unintentionally, these plans are unlikely to be carried out owing to a lack of skills in the country. 

Real-life challenges present real-life solutions

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 Owing to the real-life business and design challenges, the yearly engineering PneuDrive Competition, hosted by German manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive and pneumatic and automation parts manufacturer Pneumax, generates personal learning experiences that develop important characteristics for young... 

Survey reveals engineers not happy with degree

     22nd November 2013 According to the results of a new survey carried out in October, conducted by financial services company PPS, 43% of over 700 South African engineers feel that the current engineering degree does not train students sufficiently. 

Technical expertise vital to economic sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd November 2013 South Africa’s economy will be sustainable if more technical expertise is available in addition to other elements of labour, says University of Witwatersrand School of Electrical and Information Engineering head professor Fambirai Takawira. 

Learnership programme, job shadowing promote skills development

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd November 2012 Consulting engineering firm Gibb Group says the Thusano Learnership Programme, which it funds, is producing excellent results.  

More engineers participating in short courses

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd November 2012 An increasing number of engineers are participating in engineering and maintenance short courses that have been accredited or are in the process of being accredited for continuous professional development (CPD) points by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), says training provider... 

Programme receives R3m in funding

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd November 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has received R3-million from the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) to become a development quality partner with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, which will further develop Cesa's newly launched Certificate in Consulting... 

SA needs to catch up with engineer backlog – industry body

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd November 2012 South Africa urgently needs to improve the quality of engineering training and development to avoid a possible shortage of engineering skills and to improve efficiency in the development value chain. 

Technical skills expo promotes student–company networking

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd November 2012 To help alleviate the technical skills shortage in South Africa, corporate events management company élan communications launched the South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) Education myTomorrow Technical Careers Expo, in Johannesburg, last month. 

Course to broaden consulting engineers’ business acumen

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 There is a clear need for the additional development of engineering graduates to broaden their knowledge beyond pure engineering, asserts industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa).  

Engineering consultancy invests in skills development programmes

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Engineering consultancy Hatch Africa says resolving the skills shortage in the engineering sector in Africa requires proactive initiatives by the private sector, but also input and assistance from government.  

Public- and private-sector input needed to reverse skills shortage

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Quality education by, and integrated commitment from, all sectors are needed to radically reverse the skills shortage in the engineering sector, asserts University of the Witwatersrand School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Emeritus Robert McCutcheon. 

Steel giant emphasises importance of maths, science

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa believes there is an opportunity for business to support initiatives aimed at improving mathematics and science at school level by developing and maintaining partnerships with educational institutions 

Unemployment results in increase of fake, nonaccredited degrees

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th November 2011 Stellenbosch-based Qualifications Verification Services (QVS) says there is a significant increase in the number of bogus and nonaccredited degrees and diplomas that are being submitted by South African citizens who seek employment opportunities.  

Consultancy to launch internal engineering university

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Engineering and environmental consultant SSI reports that it is in the process of launching the African Chapter of its parent company’s education initiative the DHV University. 

Industry body launches new engineering certification

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reports that it plans to launch a new engineering certification by May 2011, to enhance the standard of business acumen in consulting engineering in South Africa. 

Research significant in strengthening engineering education

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Research undertaken by the Centre for Research in Engineering Education (Cree), during 2009/10, points out that the pressures faced by engineering students are overwhelming and have contributed to the low success rate for first-year students.  

Strategic plans in place to support engineering education

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Consulting engineering company MPA reports that it is focused on supporting engineering education through the projects it is involved with.  

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