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Engineering in Action
Join us: Waikato career expos
WECA in the spotlight
FutureForce® Careers Resource
WECA pitches to present at international conference
The EVolocity Effect
WECA and Waikato Story: Tell yours
Uni Engineering Design Challenge
FutureForce® Video: Stafford Engineering
Hello <<First Name>>, 
Winter is biting but WECA members we've caught up with lately certainly don't seem to be letting the chilly weather slow them down. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting our various initiatives so far this term, including events, EVolocity electrical vehicle competition, FutureForce® Careers Resource and, of course, our generous sponsors. More about all these further down.

The critical role manufacturing will play in adapting to climate change has been highlighted in a recent Westpac NZ Climate Change Impact Report, with our sector poised to play a vital role in adapting to climate change, reducing carbon emissions and providing sustainable growth. The report also reinforces the risks climate change holds for other key sectors, such as tourism and agriculture.

Chief executive of The Manufacturers' Network, Dr Dieter Adam says the report estimates growth over time for various sectors: "One of their graphs shows that manufacturing and renewable energy generation are the only sectors in our economy able to grow significantly if we want to reach the target of net zero carbon emission by 2050."

"This report further confirms two key points: acting now on climate change will reduce future cost and help create a smoother transition, and that to sustain quality economic growth throughout this change we need to focus on improving our high-value sectors which can produce more growth from less emissions," Dr Adam said

The report also confirms the path to greater wealth for Waikato,and New Zealand, involves a shift to more high-value products and services. Definitely food for thought for the manufacturing sector, which Dr Adam believes can provide the sustainable and more emission efficient growth required to adapt to climate change.

Read full article in DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing.

Read the Westpac NZ Climate Change Impact Report.

Read further for photos, more about our events, the upcoming Waikato career expo season and other engineering news.

Mary, Sally and Levinia
The WECA Team
Thanks to WECA supporters

200+ students take part in Engineering in Action

More than 200 secondary school students and their teachers from throughout the region visited WECA companies this week to see engineering in action. Numbers of keen students were up by about a quarter on the last couple of years, and the number of female participants has also increased in line with growing numbers of students involved in EVolocity electrical vehicle competition.

Engineering in Action Day, a partnership between WECA and Wintec, is an opportunity for secondary school students to explore the many career pathways in the field of engineering. Students went on industry tours, visiting two different businesses to see various engineering and design roles people are actively employed in. 

Students were hosted at Wintec for lunch, and took part in a range of hands-on activities demonstrating the different engineering disciplines, including Mechanical (Welding and Fabrication),Civil, Electrical and Mechancial Engineering (at Diploma and Degree level).

Thanks to the following companies for hosting students: BECA, Convex, Stafford Engineering, Longveld, Opus, Stainless Design, DEC, Millennium Plastics, ALTO, Thorburn Engineering, JP Marshall, Mainline, NDA and T&G Engineering. 
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JOIN US: 2018 Waikato careers expos

We're gearing up for a busy Waikato career expo season, with events at:
  • The South Waikato Future Career Pathways Expo (1200 students from Putaruru College, Tokoroa High School and Otorohanga College) on Monday June 18th from 9am to 3pm
  • Hamilton Boys' High on June Thursday 21st, from 5pm to 8pm
  • Cambridge Community Careers Expo for Cambridge High School and St Peters School at the Cambridge Racecourse on Wednesday August 8th from 2.30pm

We will also have a presence at the major Waikato Careers Expo, thanks to Wintec who are hosting us.

Members keen to come along to any of these events and to chat with the engineers of the future, or with something interesting to display, please email

WECA in the spotlight...

As well as EIA, WECA has been well represented this month with presentations at the Techweek '18 Waikato Innovation in Science and Engineering and an Engineering NZ.

Levinia Paku, WECA and EVolocity co-ordinator, spoke about EVolocity electric vehicle competition at Techweek and WECA's vision at Engineering NZ's monthly meeting (formerly IPENZ), and gave Ngaruawahia High School students the opportunity to show off their hard work to date for Evolocity, managed by WECA in the region.

Techweek ran for the first time in Waikato from May 19th to 27th and included 21 events, 65+ speakers and 30+ exhibits as part of a nationwide annual festival aimed at local and international investors, business, technology leaders and enthusiasts that focuses on INNOVATION THAT'S GOOD FOR THE WORLD and celebrates New Zealand's innovation ecosystem.

Ngaruawahia High School students and teacher Adrian Reeves talk to Techweek '18 guests about taking part in the electric vehicle competition.

WECA submits abstract for international AAEE Conference

The 29th Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE) annual international conference will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand from 9 -12 December 2018 and WECA has submitted an abstract to present on its work Attracting future engineers through practical and collaborative initiatives.

AAEE is the premier engineering education conference for the southern hemisphere and involves a gathering of 250-300 tertiary engineering educators and stakeholders to discuss recent research, issues and trends in educating the current generation of engineers. Primarily held in Australia, the last time this conference was in New Zealand was in 2014.

This year AAEE is co-hosted by the University of Waikato and Wintec.

Click for more about AAEE

FutureForce® Waikato Careers Resource 2018: Engineering

Thanks to all the WECA members who profiled young team members in the 2018/2019 volume of the region's secondary school careers resource. WECA will receive 500 copies of the publication, distributed free to 13,000 students at every secondary school in the region, to use at career events. The new volume is at the printer and will arrive in time for the upcoming career expo season, and WECA copies will be emblazoned with a front cover sticker pointing to the engineering section.
Thanks to the following members and supporters: ALTO, CAL Isuzu, Convex, Foster Group, The Electrical Training Company, Tidd Ross Todd, Gallagher, JP Marshall, Mainline, Millennium Plastics,  Stafford Engineering, Supreme Sheetmetals, Wilkinson Transport Engineers, Wintec, University of Waikato. 

The EVolocity Effect: increasing engineering awareness

Secondary school students taking part in EVolocity Waikato electric vehicle competition are learning to weld, among other multi-disciplinary and innovative engineering skills.

Te Kōpuku High School students recently held an Engineering Wananga, after the school invested in welding equipment for use by those taking part in EVolocity.

EVolocity Waikato co-ordinator Levinia Paku is delighted with the response from schools and students, who design and build their own electric cart or bike as part of the New Zealand-wide competition.

"We're seeing students gain hands-on experience with multi-disciplinary and innovative engineering practices, many of them for the first time. They're very excited about having the skills they need to be more involved in building their vehicles, and it's great to see their schools supporting them," Levinia said.

Other teams to look out for this year are from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, both senior and junior students. The girls have scheduled a series of six work nights, the first held at Wintec recently. They had a tour of Wintec Rotokauri Campus and did some top secret planning around their designs.

About 150 students from 16 secondary schools are taking part in the competition in Waikato this year, competing in regional final race day at Kart Sport, Hamilton, on September 29th. Winners will compete at National Finals on November 24th in Christchurch.

EVolocity photos or news to share? Email
Top: Waikato Diocesan School for Girls students planning their bike designs.
Bottom: Te Kōpuku student learning to weld. 

Thanks to EVolocity Waikato supporters:

WECA & The Waikato Story: New design a game changer

Imagine someone six metres up in the air, on a scaffold or platform, trying to hold a pipe up while fiddling with the bolts of a clamp that they’re using to secure it all. You can understand how a trade person’s job can be a bit tricky and a definite safety risk.
This is how the industry have installed things, like fire sprinklers, for years.
But now there’s a better way, thanks to an idea Stainless Design's Derek Mitchell pulled out of scrap metal.

Read more on The Waikato Story
TELL US YOUR STORY: The Waikato Story

WECA is partnering with The Waikato Story to promote our region as NZ's Hub of Engineering Excellence. Initial stories will feature a Stainless Design innovation set to make work safer for fire sprinkler installers and a profile on Waikato engineering personality Pam Roa (Longveld).

The Waikato Story is a key initiative of Waikato Means Business, the business-led governance group responsible for implementing the region’s economic development strategy. The Story aims to reinforce local people’s pride in the region while also helping communicate the region’s value to potential business investors, workers, visitors, students and families.

Interesting product or development? Waikato engineering personality? Share your story with the world! Click the link below to submit your idea...
Click to submit your idea for Waikato Story

THIS FRIDAY: Engineering Design Challenge Race

Oranga Lake, University of Waikato Hamilton campus
This Friday, June 1st, 10am

During the first year engineering paper - Foundations of Engineering - teams of students design and build model boats (to develop awareness of the engineering design process and foster skills such as effective team work and problem solving).  The culmination of this process is to compete against each other in a race series to determine which team created the best boat (a combination of fast, manoeuvrable, and reliable). The winning student boat then competes against a staff boat.

FutureForce® Video: 
WECA members profile their young stars
FutureForce® Video: Stafford Engineering's Max Bailey talks about his career.

A word from WECA Sponsors...


Success Personnel 

Success Personnel Ltd was established in Hamilton in 1998 and offers employment solutions, temp labour supply and HR consultancy to both employers and employees in the Waikato region.

We're not just a personnel agency, we are your one stop employment service and it is our aim to get to know you and help match your skills and talents with the right job.

We offer a full recruitment package for both Permanent Placements and Temporary Assignments. Negotiation of Employment Contracts, advice with career options or information on current pay rates.

If you would like some further information, feel free to contact Graham at the Success Group on 0212857776, or click here 

The Electrical Training Company

The Electrical Training Company, or Etco, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Electricians (previously ECANZ) established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand.

Our two main areas of activity are:
The employment and placement of electrical apprentices via our group apprenticeship scheme.
The provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople.

Click for more.
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