Student, Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electrical Engineering
Virylson Nomae is determined to be a role model to his younger cousins and brother, and came to AUT on a New Zealand Pacific Scholarship to do just that.
Virylson chose to come to AUT as an international student from the Solomon Islands because of the academic nature of the university’s engineering degree, the relevance of the course material for the engineering industry, and the support offered to students.
“There is support everywhere you go at AUT, you just need to ask for it. It’s so much more than I expected; I’m really lucky.”
Real-life engineering issues
He enjoys exploring how things or systems operate, says Virylson who received the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand Pacific Scholarship Achievement Award.
“Anything that shows real-life situations related to my field of study always caught my attention in my lectures. Out of all my papers, the one I enjoyed the most was the paper on distributed and alternative generation, as it covered current power generation, alternative sources of energy and the factors to consider when deciding what alternative sources are best suited for a particular load situation.”
He admits he has had some challenges too.
“My biggest challenge was when I took the micro-controller programming paper in my final year. Before this, I had only completed one paper on C++ programming and suddenly I was facing a lot of coding assignments, on top of doing my final-year project. Luckily, AUT has peer mentors for various papers, and having a mentor was very helpful for my coding assignments.”
He would highly recommend the Bachelor of Engineering Technology to other students, says Virylson.
“Being at AUT meant a lot to me. Looking back at the past few years of my tertiary studies in New Zealand, I would say it was a fun but challenging ride. I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone back home who is willing to pursue engineering as a field of study.”
After finishing his engineering papers last year, he is now back in the Solomon Islands to complete the work experience that is required for his engineering degree.
“All Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates need to complete 600 hours of work experience before they can graduate. I completed some of these hours during my study break, but have a few more hours left to complete and then I’ll eligible to graduate.”