April 17th, 2014

First cadet enrols in Engineering Diploma

Last week James Alexander, seconded to Fraser Engineering in Wellington became the first cadet signed into the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) under the ATNZ programme! James finished his New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) at Weltec last year and applied for the Cadetship through Competenz.

As part of his NZDE qualification, James developed a great new approach and process to overcome a problem in transporting baffle balls used in fluid transportation in road tankers and fire trucks. This project impressed the interview panel. ‘I choose the NZDEP programme as it was a great option to find a position in the field of engineering and gain valuable experience with the added support of the ATNZ staff.

What I hope to gain is the workplace experience and I also very much look forward to having two diplomas hanging on my wall,’ says James. ‘Officially I will have the title of design engineer, working in product development. However, at present my role is going through the different sectors of the company gaining experience with all the machinery and manufacturing processes.

This experience will prove valuable in that I get to know all the staff and will be able to use their knowledge to create more efficient and effective designs.’ Completing the NZDEP qualification will ensure:

  • you have the skill level of a Practising Engineering Technician
  • certification as a registered Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn)
  • you have Associate membership of IPENZ
  • professional credibility

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