Al­lan Hill, NZEI col­umn

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Al­lan Hill, Na­tional sec­re­tary/man­ager New Zealand Elec­tri­cal In­sti­tute

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

• Eurotec

• 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

WorkSafe NZ.

• 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.

Elec­tri­cal Pass­port

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.

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