MESNZ marches south
The Maintenance Engineering Society of NZ (MESNZ) has made on good its promise to embrace South Island engineers with a number of recent activities spreading as far south as Invercargill.
Accompanying the Technology Expo organised by SEW Eurodrive, MESNZ was present in Dunedin and Invercargill over the course of these two whistle stop tours. Both events were well received and appreciated by the locals and proved an eye opener on the depth and legacy of engineering in these regions. Dunedin in particular has a wealth of engineering that helped make New Zealand what it is today and although decimated by modern political whims, is still alive and active. Otago Polytech is keen and active on the reliability front, prompting MESNZ to offer any assistance it can. This is timely given MIT’s ill-advised abandonment of its Reliability Centre in 2014.
Invercargill engineers came out in their droves to inspect the wares of the Technology Expo vendors, certainly appreciating the effort to bring them such an event. Many engineers were quick to sign up to MESNZ and relieved to tap into the society networks for ongoing support. The interest expressed has validated the society’s objective of spreading its SKF Network Evening series into the South Island, with the first South Island event set for Thursday 7 May at AW Fraser in Christchurch. This brass foundry operation will be a rare opportunity for engineers to discover what the industry is about.
Following on the heels of the hugely successful SEW Eurodrive network evening in Auckland, the Christchurch facility is set to open its doors to South Island engineers in June. Stay posted for details by check at http://www.mesnz. org.nz/activities/network-evenings/
While the development of the South Island membership will result in an increase in network evenings and forums provided, the main event on the annual calender will continue to be the SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on November 18,19. Registrations are open and seats are filling already for this event, slated to be the biggest ever. International keynote speakers are being confirmed and the speaking agenda promises to deliver information and inspiration on technical and line management topics for delegates to take back to their workplaces. More details (and even the highlights video from 2014) can be found at http:// www.mesnz.org.nz/conference/programme/