Networking event for CPIT engineers

Networking event for CPIT engineers

Engineering students are invited to a free BBQ where they will be able to network with industry professionals at CPIT's Madras Street campus on Thursday.

Student Engineers of New Zealand, SENZ will host the event, with funding from its parent body, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, IPENZ. The informal gathering will be held on the quad between C and D block, at 12 noon.

Invited guests will include experts from Fulton & Hogan and Golder Associates, along with IPENZ's new chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene, who started her new role in February this year, and successful CPIT graduates, currently working in the engineering and construction industry.

CPIT's supervising engineering tutor Rob Dantzer said the gathering aimed to get more engineering students signed up with SENZ, which was offering free membership to diploma and degree students, and to make employers aware of students, and vice versa.

SENZ representative and first year NZDE student Dominic Mansbridge, 23, who is coordinating the event, said he had quickly learned the value of networking in his brief time on the council.

"When I attended a seminar in March (at IPENZ in Wellington) I met people who gave career advice. Talking to people in the industry is a good way to get some direction and make contacts. I've tried to get people along that could be good for future opportunities."

This included drawing on contacts from his time working as a labourer in the construction industry, in which he worked post-earthquakes, after completing a degree in Human Resources management at the University of Canterbury.

"I was really inspired by the rebuild to get into engineering. I got to work on some cool projects, like the Burwood and Christchurch hospital projects. I really enjoyed being on a construction site, so that led me to CPIT. It (engineering diploma) felt like more of a practical course. I could have done it at university, but it's more hands-on here."

He was also organising an industry quiz offering $50 spot prizes, to round off the occasion.

A similar event was planned for July. Engineering students wanting to know more about joining SENZ or mentorship and leadership initiatives, should check out the IPENZ website:  or contact CPIT's SENZ representative: