Graduate Profile

John Te Iringa - Civil Engineering

John Te Iringa - Civil Engineering

“My whole life has opened up to possibilities I never knew existed before.” John has landed a specialist job inspecting structures with KiwiRail. “I got this job inspecting bridges, tunnels, and culverts for the whole Auckland area as soon as I finished my Diploma in Civil Engineering.”

John was already working in the maintenance crew with KiwiRail in Whangarei when he took part in a leadership training course a few years ago. “They asked if anyone was interested in tertiary training and I put my hand up. They sponsored me, so I studied part time for four years around my full-time work and young family responsibilities.”

Study was initially a bit of a shock for John. “The tutors partnered some of us with other classmates who had more advanced study skills. We were all working in different industries so we learned a lot from each other as well as from the course content.”

“The course opened my eyes to the Civil Engineering world and its processes. On the study journey I became really interested in legislation and council regulations - and that was a surprise to me.”

“I also got interested in the hands-on approach on some subjects and in how we work together, which were invaluable towards my learnings. The hidden things in life are often where the gold is.” 

“The tutors pushed us to excel and made such an effort for us that we made an effort for ourselves. Stretching to do the course has totally changed my life.”

 John loves his new role inspecting rail structures. “I love the variety of work, I’m amazed at the opportunities that exist, and I’m keen to explore them. My biggest motivation is my family. I want to inspire them to open up to opportunity.”

“After I get more practical experience I’m keen to become a specialist in this field of inspecting rail structures and their safety.”


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