Engineering site visit inspires students

1 December 2017

Engineering site visit inspires students

Ten Year 12 high school students got the chance to visit the Whangarei District Council’s Tawera Park site on Tuesday, where a large underground wastewater tank is being constructed to prevent environmental spills after storms.

The group, from schools around Whangarei, toured the site and were given a detailed explanation of the construction works by the responsible engineers, including the whole process of undertaking a large-scale, multi-disciplinary engineering project, from design to implementation.

Corey Slimo, a student from Otamatea College, says he was impressed with how the engineers and managers on site were so willing to explain everything.

Liam MacMenigall, from Huanui College, said visits like these “can give you a real sense of whether or not you can see yourself with a career in engineering.”

The visit was organised by Opus, with help from Downer and Whangarei District Council. It was arranged to promote the Engineering Education-2-Employment (EE2E) Secondary-Tertiary Project at NorthTec, where interested students will study the NZ Diploma of Engineering (NZDE) Level 4 physics paper, as well as a Level 3 achievement standard contextualised to engineering, while completing their Year 13 studies.

This will expose them to engineering-based studies through classes, labs and field trips as well as mentoring by engineers and engineering technicians.

Mirko Wojnowski, EE2E project lead, is excited about the opportunities available to these students. Several will likely go on to the NZ Diploma of Engineering and will have access to a professional network, as well as the potential to study for free through cadetships.

He said: “Job prospects in civil engineering are excellent and only getting better thanks to a large increase in funding for Northland roading infrastructure over the next ten years, and the high salaries are very attractive.”

Any current Year 12 student interested in joining next year’s Engineering Secondary-Tertiary Project should contact Mirko Wojnowski via

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