New civil engineering lab to help make the world

2 May 2016

NorthTec’s Civil Engineering department is gearing up for the launch of its new laboratory at the Raumanga campus. The lab will feature the latest civil engineering equipment, including an impressive hydraulic flow channel.

The new lab is being developed due to the success of NorthTec’s Diploma in Civil Engineering – a level 6 programme which has been designed and is being taught in conjunction with the local industry.

Several of NorthTec’s engineering tutors work in the local civil engineering industry, and teach part-time at the institution as part of the commitment by Northland employers to assist with the flow of top quality, trained staff.

Civil Engineering tutor, Dave Murray, said: “The new laboratory puts NorthTec on a similar footing to major universities and polytechnics teaching civil engineering, and is the final step that will give NorthTec’s Civil Engineering Diploma its international status, based on the Dublin Accord.”*

NorthTec’s engineers are preparing for the new lab just as the industry education group, Engineering E2E**, launches a nationwide, Government-backed campaign to increase the number of graduates in the industry. The “Make the World” campaign, which was launched yesterday (1 May), is especially interested in attracting more women, Māori and Pasifika into the industry, in which they are currently under-represented.

Engineering E2E works in collaboration with employers and institutes of technology and polytechnics to promote the industry. The Make the World campaign aims to raise awareness of engineering and engineering careers through a wide cross-section of society.


*The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications.
** The Engineering Education to Employment Programme represents a partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), Business NZ, the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) and a number of organisations that employ engineers or benefit from their services.

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