Our connections with industry are unparalleled, across both the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.  We place a high value on these relationships because we know they are critical to us continuing to provide a high quality education and researching and innovating in areas that matter.

How we work with industry

We believe that solving complex challenges facing our region, nation and the world requires a tripartite relationship between the university, service providers and problem owners.

We apply this tripartite approach across everything we do, including our four world-leading research centres and work placements.

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Work placements

Our graduates graduate with 800 hours of professional experience. Are you interested in hosting one of our students while they are undertaking their professional experience?

Learn more about work placements
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Engineering Design Show

See our Engineering Design Show

Professional BE(Hons) degree accreditation

Our four-year professional BE(Hons) programmes receive accreditation from Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) through the international Washington Accord, meaning it meets the same standards at Auckland and Canterbury Universities and has global recognition.

Accredited programmeAccredited since
Chemical and Biological Engineering2011
Civil Engineering (provisional)2020
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (previously Electronic Engineering)2022
Environmental Engineering (anticipated provisional)2021
Materials and Process Engineering2002
Mechanical Engineering2006
Mechatronics Engineering (anticipated provisional)2022
Software Engineering2006

Industry Advisory Group 2020-2021

The Industry Advisory Board is a key body that helps ensure that the School of Engineering understands the engineering education and research needs of New Zealand. The Advisory Board provides ‘external’ advice to the Dean of Engineering regarding priorities and directions of current activities and future developments. Its members are professional engineers, engineering managers, and senior managers, with extensive experience from working in industry, academia, or government.

  • Keith Gallagher - Gallagher Group
  • Dr Alistair Scarfe - Robotics Plus Ltd
  • Arnold Yeoman - Evonik
  • Bernard Fulton - Fonterra
  • Iain Brown - Stiles and Hooker
  • John Sharpe - Cytonome
  • Steve Raynor - Tauranga City Council
  • Gerrard O-Connor - PDV Consultants