Amritpal Kaur

Amritpal Kaur

4th-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

Engineering and entrepreneurship go hand in hand, says engineering student Amritpal (Amrit) Kaur.

“I’ve always had a creative mindset, and am looking to take advantage of the opportunities provided by technology. Having done a minor in creative entrepreneurship has equipped me with entrepreneurial skills, and my major has given me the technical skills I need to develop and bring a product to market.”

Currently, in the fourth of her degree, Amrit has already demonstrated plenty of entrepreneurial skills, having founded the AUT STEM Women club in her second year of engineering.

“I wanted to bring together women from different fields and programmes in science, technology, engineering and maths to help them connect with others and develop the all-important soft skills. My goal is to create a tight community for women in STEM subjects across AUT to enable us to support each other.”

Creating career-ready graduates
AUT focuses on equipping students with essential skills for their future career, says Amrit.

“AUT recognises the changing needs of employers and is preparing its students for that. One example of this is the AUT Edge Award, which enables students to develop the C skills that are highly sought after by employers – collaboration, co-operation, community, curiosity, communication, and creativity. This ensures that AUT graduates are well-rounded when they finish university.”

The group assignments have been a highlight of her studies, she adds.

“I enjoyed doing group assignments as they push you to achieve a common goal. This means you have to learn to work with others’ strengths and weaknesses. Team assignments also allow everyone to thrive and learn from each other’s experiences. It’s great preparation for your career because as an engineer you constantly work in a team.”

Finding her path
She would highly recommend studying mechatronics to other students, Amrit says.

“If you enjoy learning a bit of everything then I highly recommend mechatronics as it gives you a taste of all the different fields of engineering. You’ll come out with knowledge in more than one field, which will expand your horizons and enable you to see the opportunities.

“I initially enrolled in mechanical engineering, but after finishing my first year I realised that I wanted to extend my knowledge in other fields of engineering as well. That’s why I decided to major in mechatronics. Don’t feel that you’ll be locked into what you enrol in; you can change majors if you need to.”