Education and Training


Education and Training has been drifting away from each other due to various reasons. The SAIMC plans to close this gap whatever it takes including participating in a world - wide effort by the Automation Federation to establish an Automation discipline.

Education has been producing high calibre graduates for many years. What has changed?

Technology has changed so fast that the academic institutions were not able to keep up – both in knowledge and in facilities. 

It is true that the post – graduate part of the academic institutions are creating sophisticated mathematical models and theories that is used by industry in the development of new strategies and equipment, but most of the patents and innovations are now coming from industry, creating new revenue streams every year.

The netto effect is that the basic education has become so inefficient that many major industry players have resorted to developing their own education facilities.

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Education and Training is the first of three strategic actions that the SAIMC has identified during their Strategy Session in March 2018.


1. Registered automation qualifications
2. Established partnership with end users to assist in recruitment and talent identification
3. Enable 100 Bursaries
4. Creating content for technology evenings. Vendor independent
5. Create a operational training program for Automation
6. Have a positive impact at schools and universities

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Dear SAIMC stakeholders

I would like to give you exciting feedback regarding the progress of SAIMC’s involvement in the NTIP / IFPTI initiative

We (Annemarie van Coller, Vinesh Maharaj, Marc Van Pelt and Johan Maartens) attended a meeting in Cape Town on the 14th of June ,where the Minister of Trade and Industry , Dr Rob Davies officially launched the new “INSIMBI Future Production Technologies Initiative” program

The model that will be followed by the FTPI going forward is based on the model used by the tooling industry (the NTPI) that has been proven effective to train individuals while maintaining quality.

As the SAIMC we will continually be involved in discussions driving progress to ensure that the education model suites what industry needs.

The initiative will be a collaboration between the DTI(department of trade and industry), Intsimbi (Instsimbi future production technologies initiative), NTIP (National Technologies Implementation Platform and Industry

From the SAIMC we will continually participate to ensure that we are the leading voice for Factory – and Process Automation in this initiative to ensure that industry is represented effectively and that our requirements are addressed.    Johan Maartens ( leader of the SAIMC strategic training initiative and COO) and Marc Van Pelt (Project Manager for the Industry 4.0 strategic initiative and chairman of the IIG) will be actively involved to ensure that we enable all our stakeholders to achieve excellence.

Once Council and IFPTI have signed the MoU we will share it to ensure all stakeholder are aligned going forward

Annemarie van Coller

  1. Determine industry requirements
  2. How does that compare with current curriculum
  3. Identify the delta
  4. Develop a curriculum that satisfies the needs of industry in incremental certification format acceptable to industry
  5. Ensure that the new curriculum allows participant to move between certifications and industry to satisfy the needs of industry

The SAIMC has been discussing a possible Automation curriculum for Factory Automation and the Process Industry for a while now with various institutions – with little success.

In our search for a solution to the current education system that does not satisfying the needs of industry, we came across the Tool and Die industry which had similar issues than we have now. They have been working with the Department of Trade and Industry for a couple of perfect an education system that seems to be 100% suitable for Automation.

The SAIMC is now negotiating with NTIP to work on an education and training system for Automation personnel on the same basis, but there are some work to be done, not the least of clarifying how companies can support this training initiative via a self-managed Trust Fund and still get B-BBEE points.

 “The launch of the new programme includes the renaming and rebranding of the previous National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) programme. The key oversight body will remain the Intsimbi Board and the implementation agency NTIP. NTIP will no longer be the National Tooling Initiative Programme but will be named the National Technologies Implementation Platform (NTIP), the same acronym because of its international standing”, said DTI minister Davies during the launch in Cape Town.

The program has the following characteristics:

  • The curriculum is developed by industry for industry based on current training and education material but from various departments
  •  The curriculum takes into consideration that industry might need a “product” before obtaining a formal education qualification. If, however, the student requests further training, they are received back into the system and continues their education journey. They will receive certificates along the way and might well end up with a diploma or degree.
  • Although all attempts will be made to cater for existing education programs, this education will not be limited by the current education requirements but will be developed along the needs of industry
  • Formal international certifications will also be considered and all attempts will be made to enable the students to attain these qualifications.
  • Where professional registration is required, the SAIMC will commit to ensure that those individuals are able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

Trust Funds have been established in existing education and training initiatives of NTIP to fund bursaries, equipment etc. in developing expertise for the national tool and die industry.

It is upon this backbone that the SAIMC wll build an education and training platform for Factory – and Process Automation.

The SAIMC plans to create such a Trust Fund for their Patron Members. The patron members will be able to appoint Trustees to this fund. This find is used on the 20 – 80% principle to educate and train students where-after they are either placed in companies or assisted to establish their own business and hence creating the source of B-BBEE points as well as competent employees / businessmen.

Alternate Titles: 

Instrument Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Control Technician, Process Control Technician, Instrumentation and Electrical (I&E) Technician, Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Technician, and Measurement Technician. Sometimes called Instrument Mechanic, Control Mechanic.


Automation Technicians install, perform start-up/commissioning, maintain,
troubleshoot, document and repair a wide variety of industrial instrumentation, electronic
monitoring, metering, controlling and signalling devices used in the production of goods
and services. They frequently provide input to equipment selection and design.

Sources of Material: 
  • Certified Control System Technician Body of Knowledge,
  • Automation Competency Model.
Performance Domains:
  • Domain I: Calibration
  • Domain II: Loop Checking
  • Domain III: Troubleshooting
  • Domain IV: Start-Up
  • Domain V: Maintenance/Repair
  • Domain VI: Project Organization
  • Domain VII: Administration


Alternate Titles: 

IT Controls Engineer, Network Architecture Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer


Automation Network Engineers provide technical support in the design, development, and application of automation systems. They identify requirements and develop functional and design specifications for networks and network components for automation systems. These automation professionals provide the technical support and design of interfaces to ensure that the automation system integrates with the customer’s enterprise system.

Sources of Material: 
  • Certified Automation Professional Body of Knowledge
  • Automation Competency Model.
Performance Domains:
  • Domain I: Definition 
  • Domain II: System Design 
  • Domain III: Deployment