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IIE MSA campus launches state-of-the-art engineering labs

IIE MSA opened a physics lab on campus in 2020 and began designing multi-million rand full-fledged and equipped labs in July 2021. (Supplied)

Engineering students are required to design, analyze and test their creations – now, IIE MSA engineering students can do so with the latest technology in its three new high-tech labs equipped with digital technology from the 2022 era.

The emphasis on laboratories has grown over the years in the modern engineering curriculum. This increased reliance on laboratory work in the curriculum and teaching methods means that academic institutions need the latest laboratories. Moreover, laboratory equipment does not have to be surpassed by the standards of today’s innovative and fast-paced technologies.

Working in a lab is the first practical experience an engineering student gains in their career. The number of successful practical applications performed by the students in the engineering laboratories helps them to gain confidence in their knowledge and skills.

IIE MSA is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, the largest private higher education institution. Wihann van Reenen, IIE MSA: Engineering Program Manager, explains that its newest engineering labs are equipped with the latest technological advances in the respective engineering fields. “This allows students to become familiar with current digital technologies rather than outdated ones – a definite advantage when it comes to entering the job market. Wihann van Reenen, IIE MSA: Engineering Program Manager, explains that its newest engineering labs are equipped with the latest technological advances in the respective engineering fields. “This allows students to become familiar with current digital technologies rather than outdated ones – a definite advantage when it comes to entering the job market.

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Director of IIE MSA School of Engineering, ICT, Science & Health, Neil Manson believes that as 4IR and automation become more widespread, engineers are a key driving force of the global economy, even in Africa from South. He says, “We need more engineers. For the student, the objective of having an engineering laboratory is to “practice by doing”. Lab classes help them better understand and comprehend the real world they are learning by moving from learning from textbooks to assimilating that learning through observation and action. However, there is no point in doing so with outdated technology, as these students will not be familiar with it during their first work experience.

The engineering degrees offered at IIE MSA are endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), IIE Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and IIE Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

“A laboratory is of crucial importance in the training of engineers. In technical subjects, students would much rather apply data in the lab than sit in a lecture hall listening to pure theory. With all the additional computers and equipment needed, we can provide our students with more modern machines in our smaller, more intimate classrooms and outstanding one-on-one supervision,” adds Mason.

“Students will use this facility in classroom demonstrations and experiments and will also have the opportunity to use the equipment for individual and group exploration during their design and research projects. Our new facilities will cater to practical placements for IIE accredited courses,” adds van Reenen.

IIE MSA opened a physics lab on campus in 2020 and began designing multi-million rand full-fledged and equipped labs in July 2021. One facility is a general-purpose electronics lab for the program of electrical and electronic engineering; a chemistry laboratory; and the third a mechanical engineering lab which takes care of all the major tests required of the course – fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and strength of materials. In addition to imported engineering equipment, a computer lab with high specification computers has been established for engineering students.

“While many lab facilities offer analog equipment, ours will be digital and ‘smart’ wireless technologies facilitating links to various required apps, phones and computers. This technology, in turn, replicates what our first batch of graduates will likely work with in the private sector. Students are the ultimate winners, as our philosophy of small-class personal attention is now extended to internships while allowing for better planning and significant time savings. “Being in a lab is the most fun thing a student can have; when he’s having fun with concepts, he’s only learned theory before,” says van Reenen.

2022 applications are open to IIE MSA for all Independent Institute of Education programs and for the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering – classes start on February 28, 2022.

Find out more about engineering studies by visiting www.iiemsa.co.za to request a consultation with one of our student advisors. You can also email us at [email protected] or call us at +27 11 950 4009.

This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by IIE MSA.