Systems Engineer, Beca
Master of Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic Engineering
She has always loved technology, says AUT engineering alumna Komal Maisuria who is now a systems engineer at Beca.
“As a kid, I was fascinated by technology. I loved seeing how things were made and how technology was growing with innovation.”
After graduating from AUT in 2015, Komal has now turned this passion for technology into a successful career, working for Beca’s Advisory Defence team.
“I work on the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Whenuapai, and I’m currently working on system upgrades for the P-3K2 Orion, which is New Zealand’s surveillance aircraft. Working on aircraft systems is something I never saw myself doing. I enjoy working with a dynamic team where every day is different, and I like how I’m growing my skills and knowledge with the variety of work I’m exposed to.”
Creating career-ready graduates
Choosing where to study engineering was easy, says Komal.
“AUT stood out to me as it’s known for providing a hands-on approach to university education and preparing students for their future careers. I also appreciated that AUT’s engineering department keeps up-to-date with ever-changing technology by investing in future ideas.”
The skills she developed at AUT are invaluable for her career now, Komal says.
“As an engineer, you’re constantly working in teams and directly dealing with clients. In my day-to-day tasks I’m always using the vital skills I gained during my time at university. AUT has taught me to utilise my skills to work more effectively and efficiently.”
Positive and collaborative
The diverse and positive environment was a highlight of her studies, Komal says.
“It was great to have people from all walks of life, different ethnicities and demographics in the same classes. I also enjoyed the encouragement to work together in a team environment to complete tasks. It gave me valuable experience which I use today in my career.”
Her advice for other students is to make the most of the opportunities.
“University is a time for you to grow yourself and your career. Make the most of your time by getting involved in organisations, work groups and socialising with your peers and lecturers.”