Craig Car­lyle, MESNZ col­umn

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - sec­re­tary Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety New Zealand

The count­down is on to the Novem­ber 2014 Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence. Hamil­ton is primed and ready to showcase its lo­cal main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise to a na­tional au­di­ence that is just as keen to ex­plore the best the re­gion has to of­fer.

Attendance is ahead of sched­ule, a good in­di­ca­tor that main­te­nance en­gi­neers are keen to net­work and ex­plore ways of lifting the en­gi­neer­ing game in their own place of work.

If you have not yet booked, Hamil­ton will be the place to be if you want to learn from your peers and ex­perts about how to man­age main­te­nance in the mod­ern world or get up to speed with the lat­est reg­u­la­tions and re­quire­ments of peo­ple man­age­ment. En­gi­neers con­cerned about hot en­gi­neer­ing top­ics such as the im­pli­ca­tions of the new guard­ing guide­lines will value the op­por­tu­nity to hear the de­tails be­hind the story to take back to their own or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Fea­tur­ing an eclec­tic mix of ex­pert and peer speak­ers, this year’s pro­gramme is well worth the wait, sat­is­fy­ing the ethos of re­al­ity based main­te­nance man­age­ment top­ics and the so­ci­ety aim of rais­ing the bar of main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing in New Zealand in­spir­ing at­ten­dees and arm­ing them with the tools to take pos­i­tive change back to their own work­place.

Con­fer­ence pa­pers will cover he­li­copter fail­ure in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­surance im­pli­ca­tions for coun­ter­feit ma­te­ri­als, ul­tra­son­ics, con­vert­ing main­te­nance man­age­ment into business weapons, dis­as­ters from loose bolts, lack of train­ing and fake ma­te­rial cer­tifi­cates, elec­tric mo­tor fail­ures, first world con­nec­tiv­ity and the lat­est on en­gi­neer­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

For the lat­est up­date on ses­sions and times, click on the so­ci­ety web­site at for de­tails and reg­is­tra­tion forms.

Those who ap­pre­ci­ate the net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties the leg­endary so­cial night event presents will not be dis­ap­pointed this year.

So, for the cave dwellers, yes, you need to be there and, no, it’s not too late….if you hurry.

The SKF spon­sored Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence is be­ing held at the Kings­gate in Hamil­ton on Novem­ber 12 and 13. The event presents a popular for­mat of thought pro­vok­ing pa­pers, while pro­vid­ing am­ple break­out op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­gi­neers and sup­pli­ers to ex­plore so­lu­tions to their par­tic­u­lar is­sues.

The attendance fee of $ 680 + GST pp is the cheap­est two­day con­fer­ence in the coun­try. But that’s not all; sec­ond and sub­se­quent at­ten­dees from your site can at­tend for only $400 + GST each.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms and back­ground de­tails can be found on the so­ci­ety’s web­site at or you can con­tact the event man­ager Leanne Powley di­rect on (09) 296 1333, email info@ad­mi­non­

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