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As early as your grade 7 year, you already start making choices for your future career. In this year you need to decide which type of High School you are going to attend. (For example a General Academic or Technical High School)
In your Grade 9 year you need to choose your subjects, and you need to decide which field of study you want to follow after matriculating. To enter into further studies for a career in Electrical Engineering, you need to passMathematics, Physical Science and a Language. To go to University you need to pass 4 subjects reasonably well. These must include Mathematics, Geometry, Science and a Language.
Universities and Universities of Technology require Mathematics and Physical Science as compulsory subjects for entry into their Electrical Engineering courses.
In your Grade 12 year you need to decide whether you want to attend University, University of Technology orFET College to further your studies. This choice will depend on your aim whether to become an Artisan,Technician, Technologist or Engineer in the Electrical Engineering field. You don’t have to go to universityimmediately to become an Electrical Engineer. Some of today’s most prominent figures in the Electrical Engineering society commenced their studies at FET College, then moved on to university of technology and ultimately qualified as Electrical Engineers at University.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING > OUTREACH
 

ENGINEERING THE PIPELINE
One of the core objectives  AIPET is harness and foster the growth of Education in the Engineering sector which for sometime has been faced with a debilitating shortage of skills. The future of the Electrical engineering profession rests on the shoulders of the Youth. South African secondary schools have seen alarmingly poor results in Maths and Science, two crucial subjects required in the Engineering discipline.
The AIPET  has set out to increase access to and the understanding of mathematics and science at a higher-grade level among schools from disadvantaged communities that do not have the resources to do so themselves. The AIPET  have done so in the support of the Bergville careers day project and the department of Science and Technology’s Dinaledi schools programme.
The AIPET  supports the Bergville Community Builders (BCB) in their efforts to assist and motivate Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners by sharpening and broadening their dreams and providing greater insight in to Electrical Engineering and the benefits of a tertiary education. The project accommodates the 32 schools in Bergville area and exposes the learners to aspects of Science and Technology which also takes place during National Science Week. The project also includes an initiative known as “Train-the-Trainer” which helps improve the competence of teachers teaching subjects crucial for engineering at high school level. The career day is concluded with an award ceremony for the learners based on matric results from the previous year.
These projects have played an important role contributing toward a steady increase in the pass rate for learners studying  Maths and Science.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING > STUDENTS
 
The AIPET strives to be a leading and respected learned society of technologists and engineers through:
•    Promotion of electrical science and its applications for the benefit of its members and the  African community.
•    Close contact with appropriate national and international organizations
•    Recognising achievement by advancement of individual members to higher grades of the Institute thereby enhancing their status.
•    Being the spokesman for l engineering in  Africa
•    Being apolitical and non-discriminatory.

ACTIVITIES
The Institute’s activities in Africa - places of interest are open to all members. Some Universities and Universities of Technology have Student Chapters for interested AIPET  Student members. The activities include:
•    Meetings, at which interesting papers are presented – no entrance fee charged.
•    Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses - on current and important subjects at preferential rates.
•    Lectures and Talks on topical electrical engineering subjects as well as topics to assist self employed electrical engineers with managing their businesses – no entrance fee charged.
•    Visits to places of interest.
•    National Student’s Project Competition where students nominated by their various Universities and Universities of Technology present their projects. It is a great honour to be one of the winners, not to mention the cash prizes which all students certainly could do with.
•    AIPET Annual  Lecture which always features highly respected International speakers.
•    The Annual Banquet – one of the most prestigious social events in the Engineering Fraternity, and the guest speaker is usually a prominent public figure
 
BUSINESS ADVANTAGES
Student Members are encouraged to attend as many of the Institute activities as possible, as it is a means of obtaining knowledge. Normally inaccessible senior people of major organizations attend these meetings and person to person conversations could arise. At these gatherings you could build up useful business contacts for future use in your career or even find a person who could help you with vacation work while studying. You can also obtain advice on educational and registration requirements as well as vocational guidance from experts in your field.
STATUS
Any form of membership of the AIPET carries status in the profession. Once you start upgrading you may add abbreviations after your name which will indicate your membership grade. These are useful to others because they can measure your experience as you progress through the membership ladder to a higher status.
STUDENT CHAPTERS

Becoming involved in Student Chapters and even participating in their meetings could teach a member some valuable business skills like how to run a formal meeting and receiving instruction on non-technical subjects such as marketing, finance and management. You can also gain valuable experience by serving on organizing committees.
MEMBERSHIP GRADES

Becoming a member at the SAIEE will grant you several advantages, as well as perks for CPD courses and breakfast meetings. See the membership forms for the relevant Membership Grades below.
1. Student
2. Associate
3. Companion
4. Member
5. Senior Member
6. Fellow

 
FEES FOR STUDENTS
The Students pay a nominal fee for membership. Students are also exempted from the once off entrance fee.Fees are reviewed annually. Please contact the AIPET

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