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Join Us: Engineering in Action Day 2018
EVolocity Waikato 2018 Launch and Photos
Congratulations to University of Waikato Professor Janis Swan
The Electrical Training Company - were you spotted?
Welcome: New WECA Affiliates
Submit your ideas: The Waikato Story
FutureForce® 2018: Profile your young stars
FutureForce® Video: Wilkinson Transport Engineers
A Word from WECA Sponsors
Hello <<First Name>>, connecting educators with industry has always been a vital part of our work at WECA, and, as a region, these connections are becoming stronger. Our two major tertiary providers - the University of Waikato and Wintec - are always keen to support our efforts to foster a vibrant and sustainable engineering sector by attracting and developing engineers for the future, and they are well represented on our board, by Professor Mark Dyer (University of Waikato) and Shelley Wilson and Craig Malins (Wintec).

It's great to see Wintec stepping things up further with their recent appointment of Klaus Reiter into a newly created Director of Industry Engagement role. Klaus will provide strategic leadership for design and delivery of education-to-employment value networks and industry teaching partnerships and implementation of its customer promise. Wintec tutors spend at least three days a year on industry secondments, and management is looking at ways to increase industry teaching partnerships, including guest lecturers from industry and site visits.

At WECA we have enjoyed a busy first school term for 2018 with the launch of the EVolocity Waikato electric vehicle competition attracting about 100 people and we also had a good turn out of technology and career teachers at our first member event of the year at The Electrical Training Company in Te Rapa. Check out photos from both these events further down, as well as your invitation to be involved in the annual Engineering in Action Day next month

Happy reading!

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

JOIN US: Engineering in Action Day 2018

Tuesday May 29, from 9am to 3pm (approx.)

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 go on industry tours, visiting different businesses to see various engineering and design roles people are actively employed in. The Day covers Mechanical (Welding and Fabrication),Civil, Electrical and Mechancial Engineering (at Diploma and Degree level). 

Thanks to the WECA members who have already offered to host students: Convex, BECA, Stafford Engineering, JPM Engineering, Stainless Design, ALTO, Thorburn Engineering, Gallagher, Mainline, Vertex Engineers and NDA.

Members, there's still time to register as a host! Email

Technology teachers, click here to register a student group. This free event includes lunch at Wintec - you just need to organise transport to and from the engineering businesses and Wintec.

Schedule for the day (approx.):

9.15am to 10.45am: 1st visit to Engineering firm (Student Experience)
11am: Drive to Wintec Rotokauri Campus
11.45am to 12.30pm: Lunch (provided by Wintec). Look around Wintec facilities, speak to tutors and ask questions
12.45pm to 2pm: 2nd visit to Engineering firm (Student Experience)
 2pm: Back to school

And they're off...

EVolocity Waikato 2018 Launch

A fantastic turn out of more than 100 people attended the regional launch of the New Zealand secondary school electric vehicle competition at Wintec Rotokauri recently, with 14 schools represented. Papamoa College, Fraser High, Tauhara College, Katikati College, Te Kopuku High School, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, St Peter's School, Melville High School, St John’s College, Taupo Nui a Tia, Ngaruawahia College, Fairfield College, Te Aroha College and Hillcrest High School raced to electrify their bikes at the launch of the competition, managed by WECA in the region.

Students taking part in the competition design and build their own electric cart or bike equipped with an electric motor kit. They go on to compete in regional and national competitions. EVolocity Waikato gives young engineers hands-on experience with multi-disciplinary and innovative engineering practices.

We are particularly pleased to see a much higher representation of female students this year. Thank you to Wintec for hosting our third launch, and to WECA members who are mentoring teams this year.
Captions, from top left; Ngaruawahia High School students show off their tailor-designed EVolocity hoodies; students from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls race to electrify their bikes; a Te Kōpuku High School student engrossed in the competition; Ngaruawahia High School students working on their bike; the finder detail; part of the Te Kōpuku team with their bike.

Thanks to EVolocity Waikato supporters:

Congratulations to Professor Janis Swan

Distinguished engineer and long-time WECA supporter Janis Swan has been appointed Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato.

Janis has had a long career at the university, and her contribution as teacher, administrator and researcher was acknowledged recently at a special ceremony.

Professor Janis Swan MNZM was the first woman in New Zealand to lead an engineering faculty and is one of only two women of 65 to be a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.

She led the initiative to bring professional engineering to the University of Waikato and oversaw Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) accreditation for the five disciplines on offer, working tirelessly to promote and build the programmes and maintain their high quality. During her 20 years on campus Professor Swan won numerous awards and prizes and she continues to sit on national advisory groups and panels, including the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise partnerships scheme, the assessment panel for Engineering Technology and Architecture PBRF panel, industry advisory groups for food industry emerging technologies, and the engineering to employment panel. She was the inaugural chairperson of the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science panel of the Marsden Council and has been on the Science Board.

Below Professor Swan, right, receives her Emeritus certification with Margaret Carr and Terry Locke.

WECA Event at The Electrical Training Company:
Were you spotted? 

Captions, clockwise from top left: Nathan Vassella and Larry Spicer, Hamilton Boys' High School and Pachappa Goundar, Melville High School; WECA guests check out one of the state-the-art classrooms at The Electrical Training Company (ETCO) in Hamilton; Richard Brown, Waikato Tainui and David Sanft, ETCO; Allen Bryce and Lyndall Clarke, Competenz, flank Tina Coombes, ETCO; Matt Foulkes, Wintec, Allen Bryce and Gary Woodward, ETCO; ETCO's Luke Boustridge shows guests ETCO's leading edge learning tools.
WELCOME: New WECA affiliates

New WECA affiliate Techrec Limited offers recruitment agency services to place the right people with the right jobs . Both locally or abroad, if you are looking to hire new staff or find a new job, they are happy to offer you our services. Techrec takes pride in the ability to identify and approach top calibre candidates, and specialise in retained head hunting, leadership shoulder tapping, coaching and mentoring.

Connexis is New Zealand’s industry training organisation for the Infrastructure Industries. The ITO works with the Civil Construction, Energy, Telecommunications and Water industries to develop qualifications and packages of learning to ensure a safe and productive workforce.

Connexis Customer Service Account Managers (CSAMs) provide support to both infrastructure companies and trainees. Here to deliver solutions to increase workforce skills so you can continue to meet the growing needs of your business. 

Let us know if you would like a CSAM to visit your workplace to discuss your workforce skill needs, contact Connexis.


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.

Check out WECA member Longveld's feature on The Waikato StoryEngineering firm takes mentoring to another level

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
FutureForce® 2018: Profile your young stars
WECA will again lead the engineering careers section of the annual FutureForce® Waikato careers resource.

This high quality publication is distributed free to more than 10,000 senior secondary school students, who use it as a resource in the classroom and when choosing their school subjects.

WECA receives 500 copies of the publication, emblazoned with a sticker pointing to the engineering section, to distribute at events.

Those profiled in this volume can also be listed on the new FutureForce® website careers library for a loading fee ($100

Book your space now - a full page is $1290+gst for WECA members (normally $1990+gst). Email
FutureForce® Video: 
WECA members profile their young stars

FutureForce® Engineering: Wilkinson Transport Engineers

A word from WECA Sponsors...


Success Personnel 

We have been advised by our new Government that there are going to be some changes made to the Employment legislation over the next year or so.
The first of these changes are now before parliament in the form of a Bill to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000. From there it will go to select committee where the public will be able to have some input. 

Here are the highlights of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and how it may affect you and your employees. 

Collective Agreements
•    All collective agreements would be required to include the rate of pay that applies to every employee covered by that collective.
•    If an employer is approached by an applicable union and asked to join the collective, there would now be no option for them to opt out of that collective agreement and it would therefore apply to all employees who are covered by that union.
•    A union representative would no longer have to gain your consent before entering your workplace. 
•    Union delegates would be given reasonable paid time to conduct their duties during working hours.
•    An employer would no longer be able to deduct pay as a response to partial strikes.

Rest and meal breaks 
There would still remain the ability for the employer and the employee to negotiate flexible work/break times if both parties are in agreement. If the employee does not want the flexibility offered, then the breaks must be taken as prescribed. 
•    Work period between 2 hours and 4 hours, one 10 minute break
•    Work period between 4 hours and 6 hours, one 10 minute break and one 30 minute break
•    Work period between 6 hours and 8 hours, two 10 minute breaks and one 30 minute break
•    Work period between 10 hours and 12 hours, three 10 minute breaks and one 30 minute break
•    Compensation options are available to the employee

90 day trials
•    These would still be available to employers but only if they have less than 20 employees
•    There is evidence however of an increased number of personal grievance claims under this clause. 
•    Introduce re-instatement as the primary remedy for a grievance
The minimum pay rate is to be increased to $16.50 per hour. As there has been a similar pay increase each year for the last couple of years as well, it may be time to address any pay relativity with all of your employees.    
As well as the Bill before parliament at the moment, the Government has states that within their first 12 months in power, they intend to
•    Work towards bringing back redundancy payments to workers affected by restructuring
•    Introduce employment rights and entitlements to Dependent Contractors. This means that these Contractors will now have to be paid holiday pay, stats, sick and bereavement leave, etc
•    Work towards bringing back overtime to workers who work more than 40 hours per week. 
•    Increase the number of and resourcing for, Labour Inspectors.

Although all of this would represent a significant change in the employment landscape as we know it at the moment, it will apply to all employers and not just a select group.  

If you have any concerns or would like some further information, feel free to contact Graham at the Success Group on 0212857776, or click here 
Thanks again to our supporters

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