Kate Molony

Kate Molony

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

Studying architectural engineering was a great choice for her, says Kate Molony who is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering.

“I chose this degree because I was passionate about and interested in architecture and the built environment, but had stronger skills in maths and science. This degree is the perfect hybrid for me, and enables me to apply my engineering skills in a building context.”

Deciding to study at AUT was easy, she says.

“AUT is the only university in New Zealand that offers architectural engineering, and so that made it an obvious choice. I was also really drawn towards how new and modern the campus and the university overall are. I love that AUT has a focus on the future and continual improvement, and has strong industry connections students can benefit from.”

A forward thinking approach
She has had many highlights throughout her studies, says Kate who is proud of being awarded the CIBSE Certificate of Achievement for the top student in the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Systems paper.

“I’ve enjoyed the forward thinking approach to teaching. The lecturers are committed to teaching their subjects through a practical lens to make sure students understand the industry they’re going to enter, and how to tackle the new challenges the industry is facing. The degree is multidisciplinary and can empower you to contribute to the sustainable development of communities and built environments around the world.”

She appreciates the support from the academic staff, Kate says.

“The biggest challenge was how new the degree was, and navigating through papers that had only been established for a year or so could be challenging. It was also hard to work out exactly what career opportunities would be available in the industry for my degree.

“The lecturers helped with both issues by always creating open feedback loops and listening to us to improve their courses going forward. They also got in a lot of guest lectures from different backgrounds and companies so that we could see the type of jobs we could strive for and the companies we could apply to.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her degree, Kate has some great advice for other students.

“When deciding what to study, don’t worry about finding the perfect fit, because there’s so much unknown. Try and choose something that includes even a small part of something you’re good at or you enjoy.

“Through this degree you will learn so much, and find new passions and personal strengths that can re-motivate you and open up doors that you never even knew existed before.”

Expecting to graduate at the end of the year, she already has a clear idea what she would like to do next.

“I would love to be involved in designing and consulting on projects where I can influence real change in the way buildings are constructed and used throughout their lifecycle, with a priority on sustainability for the economy, environment and community.”