Technical Business Analyst, Downer
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Yuan Gao initially had no idea what he wanted to study at university until one of his friends introduced him to the AUT School of Engineering. Yuan spoke to a few lecturers and decided AUT’s engineering degree was right for him.
His confidence was not misplaced.
“AUT staff members were really helpful. Whenever I had a problem I just knocked on their door and got help – no appointment necessary. Throughout my study, I made friends with my lecturers and supervisors.”
He says his AUT engineering degree is a great help for his work at well-known engineering company Downer.
“My degree helped me develop key skills such as strategic thinking, strong communication skills, an understanding of the importance of team work and, most importantly, a ‘can do’ attitude. These are all skills that are essential for a career in engineering.”
Delivery of high-speed broadband
After leading the ultra fast broadband design team for several years, Yuan has now moved into a technical business analyst role at Downer, using his expertise to bring ultra fast broadband to Canada.
“I really enjoy working on the fibre optic network but decided to move into a business analyst role, as I believe a successful engineering professional should have technical expertise and be business savvy.
“In my current role, I can draw on the strong technical skills I gained at AUT and my previous work experience to deliver solutions to the Fibre to the Home project in Canada. What I enjoy most about my work is the strong team environment and being able to lead my team towards success.”
An emphasis on communication
Apart from learning about electrical engineering at AUT, Yuan also gained communication and presentation skills, report writing and problem solving. Project work was a highlight.
“All the third and fourth year projects were interesting and the most important skill I learned from them was communication.”