SAIMC to seek ECSA registration for automation and control engineers

October 5th, 2016, Published in Articles: EngineerIT, Uncategorised articles


Oratile Sematle, president SAiMC and Rob Mackenzie, vice president SAiMC pictured at the annual celebration gala dinner.

Oratile Sematle, president SAIMC and Rob Mackenzie, vice president SAIMC at the annual celebration gala dinner.

In his address at the SAIMC annual celebration gala dinner on 30 September 2016, the SAIMC president Oratile Sematle said that to maintain a sustainable future for automation and control engineering and the SAiMC, it is important for automation to be recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa  (ECSA) as a separate discipline: the tenth discipline in engineering.

He announced that on 19 October 2016 the SAIMC would be making a crucial and long awaited presentation to ECSA, stakeholders from the industry, government and educational institutions.  Currently automation and control engineers still fall under electrical engineering.

Sematle focused on two other central issues that are expected to shape the industry going forward: new market opportunities that are driving convergence of competition, and what Frost & Sullivan termed the “innovation to zero” concept.  “Given the analysis of these emerging industrial and technological constructs coupled with multiple elements of our strategic agenda, the SAIMC leadership has responded with a ‘stakeholder engagement breakfast’ drive. The ‘stakeholder engagement breakfast’ will seek to foster greater integration amongst our multiple stakeholders and the automation industry players at large,” said Sematle.

He said that the concept of zero innovation encapsulates the innovative solutions that are demanded by emerging socioeconomic forces. These are solutions that should seek to achieve for example, zero waste/emissions (e.g. petrochemical industries), zero defects (e.g. manufacturing), zero breaches of security (e.g. cyber security), zero accidents (e.g. self-driving vehicles) etc. These are areas of business that require a greater paradigm shift in the space of automation.

 “At SAIMC we also believe that in years to come the healthcare industry will be demanding more of automation as the trends shift from ‘treating’ towards predicting, advanced diagnosing and monitoring.  It is for these reasons and many more that we are mobilising the industry to support the notion of registering automation as the tenth recognised discipline in South Africa. Among other reasons, this will align South African industries with international trends and also help to position the African continent as a ‘leader’ and not always a ‘follower’ in the context of using automation as one of the economic drivers and hence better the lives of many Africans.”

Sematle said that the phenomenal success in all SAIMC’s endeavours is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication, resilience and the energising passion that members have for the SAIMC. “Our role in the educational fraternity is gaining momentum and we continue to be the voice of automation within the engineering fraternity, both local and abroad. We could not have done without the support of the industry.”

To see more pictures from the SAIMC 2016 gala banquet click here

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