With both domestic and international students enrolled in NMIT’s two-year Diploma of Civil Engineering program, the arrangement is allowing students to spend time inside business – some for the first time.
This week a group of second-year students were hosted by the team at Nelmac-managed Bell Island waste-water treatment plant, while another first year student has already spent a week familiarising himself with operations in Nelmac’s water division prior to beginning work experience with the stormwater team on a utilities condition assessment report.
With environmental matters so much at the heart of modern engineering solutions, these opportunities are intended to provide students with practical experience, real world insights and a reality-based paradigm in which to review their classroom learning. According to Nelmac’s Divisional Manager for Water, Paul Barratt, the initiative is also popular with the more experienced hands on his team. “The students we’ve encountered have all brought youthful enthusiasm and seem to have a desire to pick up as much knowledge and work experience as they can. It’s good for our guys to feel they’re helping build the careers of the next generation of talent coming through.”
The work-placement initiative was developed by NMIT’s Civil Engineering Advisory Group and student participation in the workplace programme is optional.
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