Christchurch rebuild creates huge demand for engineering graduates

Engineering graduates are being be snapped up as quickly as CPIT can produce them, particularly if they have essential skills required for Christchurch's rebuild.

Matt Cameron, Canterbury branch chairman of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and an engineer with global consulting firm Beca, says CPIT graduates provide an important link in both entry and mid-level engineering positions.

"Students who complete CPIT programmes such as the Bachelor of Engineering Technology typically fill designer or drafting roles within engineering consultancies. These roles are an integral part of the consulting business, and they are responsible for coordination and producing drawings for the designs produced by engineers. This is a critical link in the engineering design cycle. People with these skills are generally in high demand, and in our experience,. CPIT graduates are of high quality."

Cameron's comments concur with those of several key industry professionals.

Newly appointed IPENZ chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene says CPIT engineering students are the "lifeblood of the vital, vibrant people who will be needed in the profession," not just for the Christchurch rebuild, but nationally as well as internationally.

"Engineering is so critical to New Zealand and every aspect of our lives, and its strength is critical to New Zealand society."

A recent CPIT survey showed that the majority of Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates were rapidly employed upon completion of their studies. CPIT's head of engineering Dr Michael Edmonds says graduates were being "pretty much gobbled up" by the industry.

He attributed this not only to the Christchurch rebuild but to the flexibility of CPIT programmes, such as the two-year Diploma of Engineering and the three-year degree qualification."We work with industry on an ongoing basis to make sure our programmes provide for changes in industry needs. We're attracting students who want to finish their course in three years rather than four years at university, and those who want to study part-time, and pick up a job during their studies."

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