Allan Hill, NZEI column
The NZEI's annual conference on the 28 and 29 March was a huge success. The technical forum day at the Manukau Institute of Technology was well attended, with a great range of new technology on display. The institute would like to sincerely thank the following companies for their financial and technical support:
• NHP Electrical Engineering
• Vynco Industries (NZ)
• Prysmian Cable & Systems
• Intech Instruments
• C R Kennedy
• Active Electrical Suppliers The following guest speakers delivered the latest news from the Capital:
• Peter Morfee, chief technical advisor to
• John Kelly, senior manager, Electrical of Standards New Zealand.
• John Sickels, registrar Electrical Workers Registration Board.
Speeches were videoed for the NZEI's YouTube website.
The Wellington branch will host the 2015 conference in March 2015.
The Institute has submitted a recommendation to the EWRB that a photo ID be added to the practising licence issued by the board, but to be realistic it is unlikely this will occur in my lifetime. The Auckland executive committee is negotiating an exclusive deal for its financial members for 2014 EWRB relicensing year to get a full “Safer Site Electrical Passport” that includes full ECRT.
The passport includes holders' photo ID, company name (if applicable), a unique ID code, health & safety endorsements for skill and other completed training.
If you undertook this passport with another provider it could cost you over $200. The advantage of the Electrical Passport is it covers OSH requirements for safe working practices, which practicing members would have to obtain from other sources at added cost and downtime. Just another great reason to join the NZEI.
This passport is complimentary to financial members of the NZEI. Planned visits for the Auckland branch:
• 22 May: MIT Maritime Schools' ship's engine room
• 12 June: ECRT, Birkenhead RSA
• 19 June: ECRT, MIT Room P208 & P209
• 24 July: Bright Light – LED
Wellington branch – technical meeting programme
The branch had an interesting visit to ETCO in February seeing how the apprentices are trained now. David Barnes gave a talk and demonstration of their teaching/test rigs.
On Saturday 15 March the branch visited the tramway museum looking at the restored trams etc.
Wellington branch member Peter Hawke organised this. The branch wishes to thank David Barnes and Peter Hawke for their time and effort.
The branch has proposed to offer a limited number of competency courses again this year, the course dates will be confirmed shortly, but it is expected to be late May and early June 2014 at a central city location.