Coastal/Offshore Engineer, Foresys Co. Ltd, South Korea
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Maritime Engineering
AUT maritime engineering alumnus Chan Joo Kim has long been passionate about the ocean.
“I lived in New Zealand for 14 years before returning to South Korea, and just fell in love with the ocean. I have worked as a boat-builder and am interested in offshore engineering structures, so studying maritime engineering felt like the natural next step.”
Choosing where to study engineering was easy, he says.
“AUT is the only New Zealand university that offers a maritime engineering degree. Being able to study in Tasmania thanks to the partnership with the Australian Maritime College was also attractive.”
Opportunities and skills
There were many highlights of his studies, Chan Joo says.
“Throughout the degree, you don’t just cover the theory but have many opportunities to learn practical things like different software skills and experimental knowledge you can use in the engineering industry. I thought the programme was structured well and the lecturers were awesome.”
He would recommend AUT’s engineering degree to anyone passionate about the maritime environment.
“If you like the maritime environment and are interested in university study, this is the degree you should choose. The programme will take you wherever you want to go. All you have to do is ‘go with the flow’.”
A dream come true
Now working as a coastal/offshore engineer at Foresys Co. Ltd in South Korea, Chan Joo loves that the ocean is part of his everyday life.
“What I like the most about my job is that I have so many opportunities to be close to the ocean for work due to the nature of the job.”
His main responsibility is to make sure that the company’s offshore facilities are structurally sound and reliable.
“My job mainly involves the design and analysis of offshore structures like oil and gas platforms, marinas, breakwaters and any other structures floating in the ocean. I’m also involved in design of our subsea pipelines. I like the variety of my role.”
In addition to his work, Chan Joo is also about to start doctoral study at Inha University, one of the leading universities for naval architecture and ocean engineering in Korea.