20 June 2016

Wellington's Week of Engineering

Wellington

This August will see the inaugural "Week of Engineering" initiative taking place in the capital. We have a shortfall of engineers and a continued need to lift the profile of our profession with the public. Representatives from Beca, Opus, AECOM and MWH are collaboratively working together to promote engineering both as a career choice to secondary school students and as a discipline to the wider community. This project is an opportunity to complement the government's Engineering Education to Employment (E2E) initiative, which is looking to address the identified shortfall of 500 technicians a year into our industry.

The Week of Engineering School Programme takes place on 1–5 August at Beca’s Aorangi House on Molesworth Street. Held over five consecutive days, local members of the industry will present and work with students to give them an understanding of the variety of career options available through engineering.  As well as learning about the different streams of engineering, students will get the opportunity to participate in a design and construct exercise while also going on a local site visit.

The Week of Engineering Public Open Day will be held on 6 August at Te Wharewake o Poneke  on the Wellington Waterfront. This open day involves a wide cross section of clients, contractors, designers and tertiary education providers who will be hosting a series of exciting and interactive stalls from 10am–3pm.  There will be something for everyone, including different plants on display and a construction competition with some great prizes to be won.

Come along and support our industry. To find out more, check out our website at www.weekofengineering.co.nz