Final-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
He has always been interested in how things work, says Kenaz Vergis who is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
“My dream job growing up was to work for Apple, designing all their new products including their flagship iPhones. However, throughout my studies I realised that my interest is more on the electrical engineering side, rather than electronics like I thought before starting my degree.
“What I loved about studying both electrical and electronic engineering was that it covers a mixture of different topics, which helped me understand what my passion was. I enjoyed focusing on electrical engineering, especially looking into emerging technologies like electric vehicles and battery storage technology.”
After discovering where his passion really lies, Kenaz already knows what the future will hold for him after he graduates in December.
“I’ve secured a role as a graduate electrical engineer at an international engineering firm, where I’ll be helping design buildings like the Auckland Airport expansion. I’ll also be involved in a range of international projects, which will enable me to travel all around the world to work.”
Deciding where to study engineering was easy, Kenaz says.
“I chose AUT because people I knew had told me that AUT is more hands-on rather than only focusing on the theory. This approach works well for me, as I learn best by doing, rather than just sitting in a lecture theatre.”
He appreciates AUT’s contemporary approach to education.
“AUT is always adapting to ensure what they’re teaching is relevant to industry and students’ future careers. I also like that as an AUT student you have many opportunities to develop your soft skills, which will make you more employable.”
A great student culture
He has enjoyed the culture at AUT, Kenaz says.
“Everyone in my classes was extremely friendly and we always worked together when we were struggling with anything. I also really enjoyed being a part of the student ambassador programme and sharing my experiences with other students.”
Throughout his studies Kenaz has had a number of achievements he is particularly proud of.
“One of the things I’m especially proud of was being able to secure an internship at Vector where I worked on big projects that involved Tesla Powerpacks and helped design various substations. Another highlight for me was winning the award for best sustainable project for my final-year project.”