Ndonji Manengu: Industrial Engineering Student at VUT
Ndonji Manengu, a 20-year-old student who hails from Zambia, will be joining the Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park for an opportunity to learn all there is to know about design, 3D printing and the shoe manufacturing process.
He then hopes to apply his industrial engineering techniques to figure out how he can help improve the process in terms of efficiency and productivity.
Mr Manengu first came to the Science Park to attend an entrepreneurship seminar with Enactus VUT in 2017. He then started doing research about what the Science Park is doing to change lives. It was then that he stumbled upon the courses and opportunities available and was given details by Mrs Therese van Wyk, the former HOD of Industrial Engineering.
While currently doing his National Diploma in Industrial Engineering at VUT, he has registered for his P1 with the Science Park for six months, with the hope of going on to do his P2. He has been assigned to work under the Additive Manufacturing Department where he will learn all the applications of the technology.
One of his assigned supervisors, Mr Lucky Mokone: Junior Technician, says that he is looking forward “to mentoring him to be the best in the field of additive manufacturing”.
“I am a hard worker and a go-getter. I never underestimate the power of my capabilities and that is why I pursue this opportunity because I believe the Science Park can help me reach my dream of becoming a good designer,” Mr Manengu said.
“The people here are welcoming and that gives me comfort. I am excited to be working here and I look forward to starting with the Computer Aided Design (CAD) training.”
Mr Manengu ’s plans after obtaining the necessary skills and competencies include registering for a B-Tech next year and his long-term objective is to come up with new product ideas and design them on his own.