The Institutute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) has awarded the best BTech engineering graduates from across South Africa for their excellent academic achievements. This annual event honours the best male and female graduate across all engineering disciplines, from each university, as well as the top achievers across all the universities. These awards are made on the basis of engineering BTech students achieving top marks in this qualification, according to the educational requirement for registration as professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), since around 1984.
The top male achiever, Sandro Duarte Cesar, who graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), had an average of 84% and received a 75 mm gold-plated medal and a framed certificate. The top female was Asavela Sigonya from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She graduated in Electrical Engineering with an average of 82.75%, also receiving a medal and certificate. She is currently a Master’s Candidate at UJ. The other graduates each received a 60 mm gold-plated medal and certificate.
IPET has a long history, stretching from the sixties and strives to improve the image and status of engineering technologists of all disciplines and is hard at work to ensure that they get the recognition they so richly deserve. It determines the standards for the registration of Professional Technologists (Engineering).
IPET has succeeded in getting the National Building Regulations altered to authorise professional technologists to sign building plans as competent persons. It has provided exclusivity in its membership by allowing only Professional Engineering Technologists as full corporate members of the Institute.
It has for years been trying to get full recognition for the engineering technologist in all spheres of Government and Industry, and it is continuing the battle. It is instrumental in the provision of Liability Insurance for its members in private practice. IPET assists applicants who have been unsuccessful in obtaining registration as Professional Engineering Technologists in obtaining this sought-after status.
A very important benefit is the fact that technologists registered with IPET are eligible for substantial CPD points annually.
More information from Johan de Koker, 083 388 8164
Email: [email protected]
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