AUT University has a strong reputation for providing education that is relevant and supported by industry.
For example, the Master of Construction Management was developed in conjunction with construction industry leaders, satisfying the demand for professional managers who are technically competent in construction.
Support for the programme has come from Fletcher Construction, Beca, Multiplex Constructions, RCP, Mainzeal, Jasmax, Carson Group, Rider Hunt and Hawkins Construction.
Staff conduct research projects and provide consulting services. Staff participate in industry organisations through their membership of professional bodies, including:
Our students have found employment with some of the key stakeholders in the industry.
Here’s what they have to say about AUT graduates.
Mechanical Engineer, Beca ─ Auckland Building Services Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
“When we employed Glenn we were looking for good communication and consulting skills, plus a passion for engineering and a desire to learn. Grades are an indicator, but not critical. Each year we take on 4-6 mechanical and electrical engineering graduates. The bulk of our graduates tend to come from UoA and Canterbury, although we have recently received excellent candidates from AUT. We rely on the University to teach the fundamentals; we then teach graduates the practical knowledge on-the-job.
Understand the difference between consultancy, manufacturing and industrial career options. Have a career path for at least the next two or three years. Ask questions and demonstrate your accountability for your own actions. Demonstrate any practical engineering knowledge (e.g. have you built anything at home).”
Charles Roos, Technical Director - Building Services Manager, Beca - Auckland Building
Graduate Electrical Engineer, Mighty River Power Ltd Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
“We were looking for someone with good character who would get on with the team, take a practical, hands-on approach to problems, and be motivated to give their best in the job. Guy showed real promise when working for Mighty River Power as a summer student and had a real passion for the industry.
“His qualification gives him a good base understanding of electrical engineering. The degree also gives background information for a lot of the continued learning he will get on the job.”
Chris Staal, Station and Auxiliary Services Team Leader, Mighty River Power
“When we interview a graduate student it is their qualification that’s important. Ideally we look for people who have gained relevant tertiary qualifications or have IT network experience. Robbie ticked both those boxes. His engineering major in network and communication systems is exactly the type of tertiary qualification we seek.”
“Previous customer service skills are an added bonus and personal presentation and communication skills are also important.”
Bruce Harwood, Network Operations Manager, Network Edge Ltd