Call for fresh helpers as so­ci­ety mem­ber­ship hits hew heights

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

The Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety (MESNZ) con­tin­ues to en­joy the val­i­da­tion of main­te­nance engi­neers through­out the coun­try with mem­ber­ship num­bers creep­ing to­wards 500. The record num­ber of mem­bers comes on the back of the so­ci­ety com­mit­ting to get­ting in touch with engi­neers through­out the coun­try with its SKF Net­work Evening se­ries. The re­sponse has been a surge in in­volve­ment as engi­neers re­alise that the so­ci­ety is there to help and con­nect them.

While this is fan­tas­tic news for the so­ci­ety in terms of val­i­dat­ing it’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion in many fo­rums, the in­creased mem­ber­ship brings new chal­lenges for the so­ci­ety to deal with.

At a core level, the so­ci­ety is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers to join the so­ci­ety man­age­ment, ei­ther as com­mit­tee mem­bers, or in the many as­so­ciate roles avail­able. Right now, as­sis­tance is re­quired in Auck­land, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Christchurch for run­ning the Net­work Evening se­ries. These ar­eas have ex­pe­ri­enced MESNZ mem­bers man­ag­ing the lo­cal events, but ad­di­tional sup­port is al­ways re­quired. In other ar­eas such as Nel­son, Ti­maru, Dunedin and In­ver­cargill, in­ter­est ex­ists but MESNZ has no cur­rent mem­bers to as­sign to the event man­age­ment.

At in­dus­try level, MESNZ has rep­re­sen­ta­tion in sev­eral fo­rums, for ex­am­ple ed­u­ca­tion, ap­pren­tice­ships, health and safety and codes. As­sis­tance and sup­port in these ar­eas is al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated par­tic­u­larly as the vol­un­tary in­put can be quite drain­ing for in­di­vid­u­als. It is how­ever im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing to see the in­put of MESNZ ab­sorbed into pos­i­tive change for the coun­try. Mem­bers ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in these, or other per­ti­nent fo­rums will be well re­ceived.

At com­mit­tee level, MESNZ has a strate­gic in­tent to keep its team young and fresh bal­anced with the sage ex­pe­ri­ence of age. To this end, sev­eral long term mem­bers have stepped back from the main roles and into as­so­ciate roles in­stead. This opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties for new mem­bers to be­come part of the core team. This year, key roles such as Chair­man and Sec­re­tary are be­ing va­cated.

The com­mit­tee meets monthly by phone/skype with at least three face to face meet­ings planned through­out the year. All MESNZ par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary, although as­so­ci­ated dis­burse­ments are cov­ered.

Mem­bers do not have to be on the com­mit­tee to get in­volved in MESNZ ac­tiv­i­ties, hence the as­so­ciate roles avail­able in the SKF Net­work Evening Se­ries, MESNZ rep­re­sen­ta­tion, we­bi­nars, the SKF NMEC con­fer­ence, the Main­te­nance Torque mag­a­zine to name a few.

So the call has gone out to those with some­thing to say, a pas­sion for things en­gi­neer­ing, or just an in­ter­est in ex­tend­ing them­selves to put their hands up. Age or ex­pe­ri­ence are not pre­req­ui­sites, but pas­sion and com­mit­ment is. Con­tact de­tails for the so­ci­ety are avail­able on the so­ci­ety web­site,

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