Niekie Jooste received his degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He later obtained diplomas in welding engineering as well as statistics. Niekie is a registered welding engineer with the International Institute of Welding. (IIW) Following his emigration from South Africa, Niekie has been a welding and materials consultant in Australia for ten years, working for the welding consultancy: “The WeldNet”. Niekie is the editor of the futurist welding industry newsletter called: “The WelderDestiny Compass”.