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Issue 26 - May 2018
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ECSA signs an Agreement to increase overseas marketability for Registered Engineers


Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) earlier this month signed a five-year agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Engineers with Engineers Australia (EA).

The objective of the agreement is to permit the mutual recognition of members, of each respective organisation who hold professional titles in their home jurisdiction. These members will be afforded the same recognition in the host jurisdiction in the relevant applicable registration category effective of 12 March 2018. 

The mutual recognition of EA will have a direct impact on registered members who hold an accredited engineering qualification, or equivalent academic formation for the relevant occupational category, having attained the professional titles of Chartered Professional Engineer, Chartered Engineering Technologist and Chartered Engineering Associate as granted by Engineers Australia. Members registered on Engineers Australia’s National Engineering Register, administered by Engineers Australia, are also included.

ECSA registered members would need to hold an accredited engineering qualification or equivalent academic formation for the relevant category, while having attained the title of Professional Engineer, Professional Engineering Technologist and Professional Engineering Technician as granted by the organisation.

“This collaboration will contribute immensely to registered persons who wish to practice engineering out of their host country as the sharing of knowledge, skills and benchmarking against like-minded professionals can only yield positive results for the engineering landscape. We are excited about this partnership, and we trust that this agreement will undoubtedly benefit both parties”, said Mr Sipho Madonsela, Chief Executive Officer of ECSA. 

Sharing the same sentiments, Mr. Peter McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia said: “I am delighted that Engineers Australia and the Engineers Council of South Africa are working together to provide mutual recognition of their qualified engineers. This agreement ensures that the competencies of Australian-qualified and South African-qualified engineers are recognised in both countries, giving Australia and South Africa easier access to qualified engineers who can deliver improved transport, communication and energy systems to local communities.”

Both ECSA and the Institute of Engineers Australia are full signatories to the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accords. ECSA is a full member of International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA), International Engineering Technologists Agreement (IETA) and Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET), while Engineers Australia is a full member of IPEA, AIET and a provisional member of IETA.

ECSA is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Professions’ Act (EPA), 46 of 2000, with the primary objective of regulating the engineering profession in terms of the act. Accrediting of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories and the regulation of the practice of registered persons also form part of ECSA’s mandate. ECSA prides itself on being the only body in South Africa that is authorised to register engineering professionals and bestow the titles of Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist and Engineering Technician.

Engineers Australia is a national organisation, incorporated under the Royal Charter with the purpose of advancing the science and practising of engineering. With an impressive pool of engineers displaying diversity in the various engineering disciplines, this professional body can grant the titles of Chartered Professional Engineer, Chartered Professional Technologist and Chartered Professional Associate to Australia’s vast engineering community. APEC Engineers are registered under the authority of Engineers Australia.





Four satellite offices up and running at ECSA


Recommendations received from ECSA’s 4th term Council paved the way for the launch of the much-anticipated satellite offices. The four offices are situated in the Eastern Cape (East London), Western Cape (Cape Town), Kwazulu-Natal (Durban) and the Free State (Bloemfontein). The offices in East London were launched on 21 November 2017, while the remaining three offices were only recently launched during February and March 2018.

The delegations that lead the launch, consisting of Council members and ECSA management, were well received as they contributed to the thought-provoking panel discussion that addressed the current challenges facing the engineering profession. Targeted strategic interventions and collaborations were also explored, to address points raised during the panel discussion.

The launch had also given ECSA CEO, Mr. Sipho Madonsela, an opportunity to actively engage with stakeholders and highlight the role of ECSA in the engineering skills pipeline. He also reiterated that the establishment of these offices seeks to address improved access to ECSA services and to ensure an efficient, inclusive and transparent registration process.

These fully functional offices are equipped to serve registered members and potential clients who seek assistance with registration. ECSA is also considering the establishment of a satellite office in the northern region of South Africa, which could hopefully see a launch in the taking place in the province of Limpopo or Mpumalanga in the upcoming months.





Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) Orientation Day 2018

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was invited to participate in MISA’s orientation and induction session for their young graduates.

The day-long programme took place at the Midrand Conference Centre and Mr. Sam Ngobeni, head of Technical Development Skills at MISA, officially welcomed the graduates and fellow guests who represented various statutory bodies. He also took the opportunity to express how proud MISA is of their graduates. 

ECSA, represented by Mr. Jones Moloisane, highlighted ECSA’s role and provided further clarity to the graduates through his delivery of the “Road to Registration” presentation. He also indicated that ECSA is a signatory to the International Accords, which comprise of the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accord.

The organisation continues to play a meaniful role to graduates on registration prcesses of ECSA. 





ECSA Participates in this year’s Randshow

On 30 March 2018, the Rand Easter Show opened its doors to welcome the public and prominent organisations from the Science and Technology sector. The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was part of the 10-day festivities, which concluded on the 8th of April 2018. ECSA utilised the opportunity to promote the Engenius Learner Programme and to unveil the new interactive science exhibits. The event this year attrated over 46 000 people and a big number also visted the ECSA stand.

ECSA’s Engenius team used the platform to showcase and elaborate on the learner programme. This engagement saw the team interact with fellow South Africans and holidaymakers, those who were aware of the ECSA brand, and those who were curious about the Engineering Council. Graduates used the opportunity to inquire about the process of registration with ECSA, while High School and Primary School learners sought further information on the fascinating world of engineering.

ECSA shared the exhibition hall with organisations such as the Vaal University of Technology, Samsung Africa, Mi Way Insurance, Vuma Tel, South Gauteng College, Wits Origin Centre, National Nuclear Regulator, Let’s Do It Education, Iwear, South African Civil Aviation Authority, South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement and the Naked Scientist Science Show.





Kasi Career Expo and Steam Walk

Wise Communication, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Education, hosted their 4th annual Kasi Career Expo and Steam Walk at Elkah Stadium, Soweto. ECSA’s Engenius team was invited to educate learners about the importance of engineering and how engineering influences their daily lives.

Unfortunately, the walk did not go ahead as was planned due to the rain; however, the programme continued with the scheduled presentations from the exhibitors in attendance.

ECSA’s new mascot was also unveiled for the first time and was, by far, the most popular attraction at the event, with both students and adults enthusiastically taking photographs.

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