1st-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
Certificate in Science and Technology
He wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an aeronautical engineer, says Shinnosuke (Shin) Ata who came to AUT as an international student from Japan to study engineering.
“I was inspired by my father who had been working as a maintenance engineer of aircrafts for a long time. Thanks to him, I started thinking of studying mechanical engineering when I was in secondary school.
“Once I graduate with my Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering degree, I would like to be involved in the aviation industry and have a career as an aeronautical engineer on the global stage. I believe the engineering degree at AUT is the best option for me to start my engineering career.”
The right university environment
He would recommend the engineering programmes at AUT to other students, says Shin who completed a Certificate in Science and Technology before enrolling in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
“In your first year, you can learn all the key engineering theories step by step from the excellent academic staff. The facilities are also world-class and accessible to all engineering students. In addition, AUT is a comfortable environment for international students to study since the university has a good mix of cultures in terms of students and staff. We respect each other, and you can feel being a part of the university community.
“I have particularly enjoyed learning about engineering materials because this subject covers properties of materials and which materials engineers use for manufacturing products. Since I’m interested in aircrafts, I like learning the types of materials that are used for manufacturing aircrafts and the properties the materials have. It helps me to understand how engineers approach those engineering applications.”
The first-year Engineering Design course has been a highlight for Shin.
“For this course, we did a group project for Engineers Without Borders. I learned how engineers design new concepts by applying engineering methods to solve certain problems. Our group had students from different majors: mechanical, construction and electrical engineering. It was a good experience for us to discuss the problem from different perspectives and choose the best option, like engineers do in the industry.”
Advice for other students
The most important thing is to organise yourself and your studies, Shin says.
“It is a good idea to create a weekly plan or even a daily schedule, so you can manage your study time. Try and make sure that you get some short breaks between your studies since it is quite difficult to keep focused for a long time.”
Make the most of your time at university, he adds.
“As long as you keep up to date with your studies, make new friends and find time to socialise, you will enjoy university life at AUT. Have fun!”