Intern, Babcock International, Auckland / Plymouth, UK
Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering
He has always been interested in understanding how things work, says Mitchell Donnelly who came to AUT to study mechanical engineering.
“I decided to pursue a degree in engineering to get a better grasp of how things function and why they were designed the way they were. This was interesting for me as it allowed me to get a better understanding of the world around me.”
Being able to apply his engineering knowledge to a real-life issue was one of the highlights of his studies, Mitchell says.
“My final year project was a great experience as it allowed me to take all the new knowledge and skills I had gained throughout my time at AUT and apply them towards a real-life issue. I really enjoyed the self-directed nature of this, and the whole experience made me feel prepared to begin my career.”
Insights into naval culture
Another highlight for Mitchell was being selected for the AUT Internz programme.
“I’m currently interning for Babcock International, which offers engineering assistance to the Royal New Zealand Navy and navies around the world. Through working with them I’ll be assisting with projects in Auckland, as well as in Plymouth in the UK.”
After growing up in Devonport, Mitchell was no stranger to the nearby navy facilities; making this the perfect Internz internship for him.
“The opportunity to peek behind the curtain of something so historic to my hometown was something I was very excited about. What appealed to me most was the opportunity to work overseas and to gain insights into the work Babcock does to assist the Royal New Zealand Navy.
“The most enjoyable aspect of my internship so far has been being able to get an understanding of all the different systems that go in to make the ships function. It has also been very interesting to gain an insight into naval culture.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of the opportunities on offer, Mitchell advises other students.
“My advice for future AUT students is to not limit yourself, and to put yourself forward for the many opportunities that can come from studying at AUT.
“Whether it’s making the most of the facilities and equipment on campus, the many programmes and initiatives that AUT provides, or the knowledge and expertise of the AUT staff, make the most of it and take as much away from your time at university as possible.”