Field Service Engineer, Siemens Healthineers
Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electrical Engineering
Certificate in Science and Technology
Engineering is a great career for people who are naturally curious, says AUT engineering alumna Katie Reidpath.
“I have a naturally curious mind that drives me to want to know more about how things work. Engineering is a career focused on constantly improving and changing technology, and I’m sure I’m never going to get bored with this career path.
“I’ve always found waves and fields very interesting. When we were in lectures and labs at AUT, we could see how the laws of physics can be proven and manipulated to create energy and movement. That was really interesting for me.”
The reputation for practical teaching first attracted her to AUT, says Katie who previously worked for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
“I chose AUT because I prefer practical subjects and hands-on learning. A family member had studied at AUT and recommended it over other universities. The projects where we could create something are what I enjoyed most about my studies. They gave me a real sense of achievement, and motivated me to work harder and be creative.”
Katie’s first step towards becoming an engineer was enrolling in the Certificate in Science and Technology.
“I had only completed NCEA level 2 in secondary school, and the Certificate in Science and Technology was good preparation to study the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. I could tailor the certificate to suit my chosen degree, and it set me up with a solid understanding of physics and mathematics, as well as the academic writing skills I needed to prepare myself for the engineering degree.”
Innovative healthcare solutions
Since graduating in July 2017, Katie has been working as a field service engineer for Siemens Healthineers, a global medical technology company focused on innovative healthcare solutions to support patients and healthcare providers.
“I was attracted by the practical nature of the role and the opportunity to be part of a large international company that is designing new equipment for healthcare and providing a lot of opportunities for further education and training. This is exactly what I want to do and I have found a lot of the papers I completed have provided me with a great base knowledge that can be applied to all areas of my role.”
Make the most of your time at AUT, Katie advises other students.
“My advice to future AUT students is to make use of all the facilities and services AUT has to offer. It’s also important to stay on top of your workload.”