The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) is thrilled to announce our strategic collaboration partnership with Mecad Technologies providing members with access to a wide range of available engineering positions. With almost four decades of experience, the Mecad Group brings invaluable expertise to the table. Through Mecad Technologies’ talent acquisition department, MC Technology Staffing, job seekers can now explore opportunities more efficiently than ever before.

Andro Venter of Mecad with Uncel Mhelembe, CEO: SAIMechE

Andro Venter of Mecad with Uncel Mhelembe, CEO: SAIMechE

Furthermore, this partnership benefits our company affiliates by offering access to a larger talent pool. Given their extensive network, MC Technology Staffing’s specialised recruitment services allows companies to find the ideal candidates for their vacant positions with ease.

The partnership between SAIMechE and Mecad Technologies signifies a significant advancement in engineering recruitment. We are committed to supporting our members and company affiliates in achieving their recruitment goals and fostering growth within the engineering industry.

This recruitment agency understands that finding the right engineering talent is crucial for the success of any organisation. Their expertise and dedication results in sourcing top-notch engineers who possess the skills, knowledge, and experience to drive innovation, solve complex problems, and contribute to a company’s growth.

Their reach covers mechanical, electrical, civil, or any other engineering discipline with MC Technology Staffing employing their network and resources to connect clients with the best candidates in the field.

A little extra effort goes a long way when looking for the perfect candidate which is why MC Technology Staffing has developed an extensive process that involves scanning through the CVs submitted, verifying references and referrals as well as letting prospective candidates undertake their skills assessment tests to ensure that the client is exposed to only the most suitable applicants!

Uncel Mhelembe, CEO, SAIMechE

Some Words of Advice from Mecad:

Act! Don’t wait!

There is a shortage of talent. Right now there’s an excess of employers hiring who can’t find workers so don’t wait until it’s too late! Get ahead by looking for new jobs NOW because these opportunities won’t last forever. If you’re currently unemployed and want to get hired as soon as possible, ACT! Call us today and find out how we can assist you.

Is your CV getting past AI (robots)?

The world has changed and resumes will continue to change with it. You can’t afford to make your resume stand out with nitty-gritty jargon, because 75% of them get scanned by robots before they even reach a human resources manager’s desk!

You should keep things simple: use an easy-to-read font such as Arial or Calibri; include only relevant education (keep this brief!), work experience, honours degrees if applicable; summarise achievements in one bullet point per skill set listed on the application. In this case…boring will be good!

Zoom is here to stay

Research has shown that we size up people within the first second of looking at them, during a video conference/interview. For this reason, it’s important to make a good impression in video interviews if you want your potential employer or client to get excited by what they see so far! Dress as if you are indeed meeting in person, adjust your camera and make sure that your background is not cluttered. Remember to be excited, but always remain professional. 

Five Common Questions

Job interviews are a rite of passage. It’s often a very stressful process. You only have one chance to make a strong enough impression to make it to the short list (and eventually get that job), which is why it helps to be prepared.

While jobs differ across the board, there are often a host of common question that almost everyone has encountered. These questions may seem like they’re relatively simple to answer because we’ve all seen them before, but the problem is that they often trip many people up because they inspire generic and sometimes lazy responses instead of original ones. You shouldn’t have to bumble your way through questions that you already know or expect.

They seem like they should be a walk in the park, but these five common questions could be a minefield if not prepared for properly.

1. Tell me about yourself

This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer as it normally comes first and will set the tone for the rest of the interview. According to The, you should think about this question as the perfect opportunity to deliver a sales pitch, the selling point being you in this particular scenario. Bear in mind that the hiring manager already has your CV on hand, so avoid regurgitating all the facts they already know.

Instead, using concrete examples of your career history, explain why you’ve chosen the field you’re in and provide a few of your career highlights and list of achievements. Use the opportunity to also expand on how your career goals will fit in with the position you’re applying for.

When listing your highlights and experiences, show how the experience you’ve built up in previous positions make you suitable for the role you’re applying for.

2. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

No one likes answering this, but it certainly is easier to play up one’s strength as opposed to one’s weaknesses. When it comes to listing your strengths, it’s easy to ramble and fall prey to the urge to rattle off a long list of what you’re good at.

Answering the question that focuses on your weaknesses is never pleasant, but remember that recruiters aren’t necessarily trying to catch you out or deliberately “fail” you. For many this is a test of self-awareness and accountability, so answer as honestly as possible, but also counter your weak points with steps you are taking to improve them.

For example, you could mention that you’re struggling with an area in data analytics, but mention that you’re taking additional courses to help your understanding. This shows that you’re proactive and that you’re willing to take initiative to grow and improve your skills. Remember: companies don’t seek perfection, but they do look for people who are willing to put in the extra work when it’s required.

3. What are your salary expectations?

The answer to this question can be tricky, but you can also work this to your advantage by ensuring that you’ve done your research. Visit comparison sites to check and ensure that you’re up to date with the industry’s market-related salary.

Also, understanding market-related salary range based on your experience will allow you to better suggest a range; so instead of mentioning a set amount, mention an amount ranging between numbers based on the knowledge and experience you’ve gained over the years.

4. Why did you leave your last job?

This question can be tough to answer because if you left on acrimonious terms, it can be hard not to be bitter towards your previous employer (and the temptation will be strong to paint that company in a negative light). On the other hand, it becomes even trickier when the reason you left was because you were fired.

With the former, whatever you do, avoid bad-mouthing your previous employers. Instead turn the conversation around and focus on the future by stating how the position that you’re applying for aligns with your career goals and challenges that you’ve been passionate about for a long time.

The latter scenario is much trickier, but your best bet is to be honest. Turn your experience around and talk about what you’ve learnt – by showing that you’re taking accountability for your role in being fired.

According to Alison Doyle from, the hiring manager is actually just keen to see how you’ve responded in the face of an unfortunate situation, so use the opportunity to not only explain what you’ve learnt from the situation, but talk about steps you’ve taken that have helped you to grow.

5. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask us?

This question is not only the chance for you to show prospective employers that you’ve researched the company, but you can also use this as an opportunity to suss out what it’s like to work there. Think beyond asking about work hours. Focus on questions about what the company’s doing to grow within the market and to encourage growth among employees.

Ask about the work culture and what the company is doing to move forward.  Don’t be afraid to ask about the challenges the company’s facing, since according to Pamela Skillings from, it could help you determine how your skills could help in specific and targeted areas. 

It’s also smart to get an idea of your potential employer’s expectations for the first three months of the job. Day-to-day responsibilities will give you an indication as to whether or not the role is actually suited for you.

Remember that preparation is key to having a successful interview. Always research the organisation, practice your answers, and demonstrate your skills and enthusiasm, this will increase the chances of your landing the job.

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