Electricity is all around us.
In our homes, workplaces and communities, we rely on power to light up our world.
Learn what it takes to keep this essential service going with MIT.
You'll learn the in-demand skills to get a well-paid job as an electrical engineer.
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“My advice, just do it. The lecturers will do their utmost to help you succeed.
I'm just a kid from South Auckland who has always been portrayed as the guy with no future from everyone around me. I was even asked to drop out of high school as my teachers saw no academic hope in me but at the end of the day as long as you truly believe in yourself you can literally accomplish anything in this world. So, I highly recommend anyone who thinks they're ‘too dumb’ to be an engineer to just go for it, cancel out the noise and put in the work, put in hours and I promise you, your success will speak for itself.
I’m now a Graduate Design Estimator responsible for electrical distribution design, estimating, tendering, and pricing for customer-initiated projects. My role involves developing electrical design and liaising with multiple internal and external stakeholders to ensure the design are feasible. The typical projects I am regularly involved with include supplying power at proposed new subdivisions, distribution network upgrades, downgrades and new capacity projects on Vectors Electrical Distribution network in Auckland
I attended high school through to the end of year 12. At the start of year 13, I decided to leave school to study the Electrical Engineering Certificate (Level 3) at MIT. This helped me into the electrical industry which ultimately helped me secure an Electrical Engineering cadetship with Northpower – where I gained practical experience out on the field whilst completing my electrical engineering diploma, specialising in power. MIT was a great experience for me – both in the diploma I completed through the Northpower cadetship, as well as my certificate in electrical engineering.
The diverse culture makes MIT unique. No matter where you are from MIT makes you feel a part of the family. The lecturers go above and beyond to help you succeed. The knowledge they possess, and the industry experience is next to none. Carrying this real-life industry experience meant there was not a single query my lecturers did not have a solution for. With their help, relating the practical and theoretical side of the electrical industry was a lot easier than I initially expected. The practical assessments are almost like a real-life simulation of what's really out there, and the lecturers are always available to give you extra help when you need it outside of tuition hours, which was really the bread and butter for me. They really want to see their students succeed and go out of their way to help make that happen. Performing university level maths and physics almost seemed impossible as I had no prior high school/calculus experience but MIT made the whole learning experience achievable with the tremendous amount of support I felt from them.
The MIT qualification gave me the much-needed knowledge and experience to get myself in the door and start my journey as an upcoming engineer. Relating the practical side with the theoretical was a breeze with the support I received from MIT. I still use my skills and knowledge from MIT on a daily basis to perform my daily work tasks. These aren't just skills I've learnt to get a qualification but in fact skills I will use throughout my whole career.
I really want to set an example and inspire the upcoming generation and really show them that anything is possible. My ultimate goal is to be an experienced leader in the industry and head into more complex roles such as project management.
The electrical industry is a never-ending profession and the career progressions available to you are endless. The challenges you will face throughout your career will only help you grow as a person."
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"I chose to study engineering because I am fascinated by electricity. When I see large factories, I wonder how some of their processes are automated, I wanted to learn and have the knowledge to do that. So for me, MIT was the best fit. I learnt the practical skills needed to get a job when I graduated.
My decision to study engineering has given me job security, I am an automation control specialist and the skills that I learned at MIT directly transferred to my role."
“Looking back on my experience at MIT, I really enjoyed the learning style. I did the lectures online and only had to come into class for one week a semester to do the practical parts. Overall, the atmosphere and the way that classes were taught was really enjoyable, and not too restrictive either. It just feels comfortable.
The choice to study engineering at MIT definitely secures your future. It narrows down on the things employers are looking for, like answers to practical questions that you might face on the job. Those are the things that show you are competent to employers.
My five-year plan is to become a senior engineer. It is a lifelong learning process, even now that I have the job, there is still a lot to learn. It is a continuous process. You have to keep going to gain more knowledge.
Having a qualification is really important if you want to land that dream job.”
"I’m the first Māori female in my family to actually be doing engineering. I never thought of doing electricity when I was growing up, no one in my family is in the industry until now, so I'm sort of like the first of my family. My Mum is very proud when she sees me in my gear. She always comments to my sisters and my family “oh, she has such an awesome job”. I just love seeing how happy they are for me.
We gain so much knowledge while we're on our course studying. We have a small class so we're able to bounce off each other. I also love that in a small class I’m able to talk to my teacher one-on-one.
My long-term career goal is obviously to become an engineer. I reckon that’s an awesome opportunity."
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