WECA Update June

Hello <<First Name>>,

There's been growing interest in WECA's work - we've had 11 new members in the last year - and it has been a busy time all around with activities promoting engineering careers.
WECA's stand was again one of the most well-frequented at the recent Waikato Careers Expo, where we had the opportunity to promote our sector to hundreds of young people, careers teachers and families. 

We have put significant thought and time into developing a Waikato Engineering Pathways Poster, based on a model provided by the Canterbury Development Corporation. This useful resource required significant adaption for the sector in our region and was developed by WECA in consultation with tertiary providers and industry leaders.

The poster has provided an excellent talking point at careers events as it clearly shows sector career pathways, training required for each and their range of salaries.

The resource is available on-line and the in the WECA section of the latest volume of FutureForce® Waikato careers resource and may be printed for use by WECA members. If you have any feedback or any suggestions for improvement, please email

WECA will also be represented at a number of school careers events in the months ahead. If you're keen to be involved, let us know

<<First Name>>, we hope to see you at our next event -- a tour of Hunter Filling Systems new premises. Read on for more information about our activities:

WECA Tour: behind the scenes
Photos from Waikato Careers Expo 2016
EVolocity sparks engineering interest
Bumper WECA section in FutureForce®
WECA welcomes new members: Tetra Pak, PDV Consultants, Installation and Piping Services
Engineering at Waikato set to grow
Skilled people at Success
Tell us your news!
Mary, Sally and Levinia

 Click here to view WECA's Engineering Pathways Poster


Thank you to WECA sponsors:


Behind the scenes: WECA tour

Thursday July 28th, 5pm to 6.45pm



Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Hunter Filling Systems, a Hamilton-based company with more than 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of customised filling solutions for a wide range of liquid viscosities or powdered products including foodstuffs, dairy products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, detergents, motor oils and a range of chemicals and solvents.

5.00 to 5.15 Meet and mingle
5.15 to 6.15 Tour of Hunter Filling Systems’ new premises
6.15 to 6.45 Refreshments, WECA and HFS Q&A 

WHERE:    Hunter Filling Systems, 11 Maxwell Place, Te Rapa, Hamilton


All WECA members, affiliates, Waikato educators and WECA friends welcome.
Career Expo photos:
Captions (clockwise from top left): Jonas Hoffman-Vocke, PDV Consultants, and Peter Pooran, Stainless Design and some aspiring engineers; Allen Bryce, Competenz, and Ray Pryor, Millennium Plastics; WECA co-ordinators Sally Birch and Levinia Paku; WECA chair Dave Stuart, Stafford Engineering, chats with a prospective engineer and his mother; Myles Imperial, Workhub Services, talks a student through WECA's pathways poster; 'W' for WECA.
Captions (clockwise from top left): A good crowd; Jodie Springall, University of Waikato and Mike Welten, NDA; Mainline Sheetmetal's Alan was a hit with Expo attendees of all ages; Levinia and Susan Beange, Longveld; Jewal Morrison, University of Waikato, talks engineering; Trudy Harris and Emily Allison, Wintec.
Captions (clockwise from top left): John Arand, Lifecare Consultants, Ashley Webby, University of Waikato and Levinia; Matt Foulkes, Wintec, chats to students; Allen Bryce, Competenz; Louis Ewington, Mighty River Power, Levinia and Shelley Wilson, Wintec.

Thank you to 2016 Careers Expo Volunteers...

Allen Bryce (Competenz), Ashley Webby (University of Waikato); Bart Engelsman (Active Plastics); Dave Stuart (Stafford Engineering); Delon Birch (Te Wananga o Aotearoa); Emily Allison (Wintec); Geoff Robertson (Metal Polishing); Jewal Morrison (University of Waikato); John Arand (Lifecare Consultants); Jonas Hoffman-Vocke (PDV Consultants); Louis Ewington (Mighty River Power); Matt Foulkes (Wintec); Mike Welten (NDA); Myles Imperial (Workhub Services); Peter Pooran (Stainless Design); Ray Pryor (Millennium Plastics); Shelley Wilson (Wintec) Susan Beange (Longveld) and Trudy Harris (Wintec).

EVolocity sparks engineering interest

EVolocity Waikato continues to spark interest in engineering throughout the region, with about 60 people attending the first Build Day at Wintec’s Rotokauri campus last month.

EVolocity, operated in Waikato by WECA and supported by Wintec and the University of Waikato, focuses on education to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand.  

With assistance from tertiary tutors, engineering mentors and EVolocity, student teams are equipped with an electric motor kit to build their own bike or cart, learning about the environmental advantages of electric vehicles.

More than 30 teams from 16 Waikato schools are taking part and will compete in a regional competition in September, where they will be judged on performance, innovation and show.

Students participating in the recent Build Day could attend three workshops: CAD design (Solidworks), controller building and programming and jointing and fabrication.

EVolocity regional winners will compete in National Finals in Christchurch in November 2016.

Check out a video of EVolocity's 2015 event in Christchurch here.

Next build day: Sunday 7th August. WECA members welcome. Details to be confirmed.
EVolocity Waikato students in action.
EVolocity Sponsors
EVolocity Partners

FutureForce® boasts bumper WECA section

WECA enjoys a strong 18-page presence in the hot-off-the-press FutureForce® Waikato careers resource, and this was another useful talking point at the Careers Expo.

About 3000 magazines were distributed at Expo, with a further 10,000 to be distributed to senior secondary school students via their careers teachers, beginning in the next couple of weeks.  

WECA receives 500 free copies of the magazine with a retail value of almost $5k+gst. These copies include a sticker on the front cover pointing to the WECA section of the publication.

Thanks to a close relationship with Smart Waikato Trust, WECA also received space valued at $4780+gst in this year’s volume, giving an overview of the engineering sector, profiling WECA and including the engineering pathways poster. All WECA members were listed in FutureForce®, with the section also featuring WECA sponsor logos.

Thank you to the following members, who profiled their young team members and businesses in this year's volume (at a special rate, of course!):

Alto, Competenz, Convex Innovative Packaging, Gallagher Group, Mainline Sheetmetals, Millennium Plastics, NDA, PFS Engineering, Stafford Engineering, Supreme Sheetmetals, Thorburn Engineering, Tidd Ross Todd, University of Waikato, Wilkinson Transport Engineers and Wintec.

WECA welcomes new members...

Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. 

Mission: We work for and with our customers to provide preferred processing and packaging solutions for food.

Tetra Pak applies commitment to innovation, understanding of consumer needs and relationships with suppliers to deliver these solutions, wherever and whenever food is consumed.

Tetra Pak believes in responsible industry leadership, creating profitable growth in harmony with environmental sustainability and good corporate citizenship.

Tetra Pak's motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects the vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.


PDV Consultants

PDV Consultants is a team of highly experienced specialist engineers and support staff with considerable expertise in the dairy, food and biochemical industries.

PDV clients recognise the real value of using well-engineered food processing systems and the competitive edge it provides through cost savings, production and energy efficiency, flexibility, and complete system integration.

For businesses considering an upgrade, expansion or greenfield development, PDV Consultants’ team of chemical process engineers guarantee a professional solution that is tailored to your exact process requirements.

PDV Consultants do not buy or on-sell equipment. They purely offer engineering design services. Working with clients in this way we can deliver a best-practice, cost-effective solution that meets your needs.

Installation and Piping Services

IPS Ltd is predominantly a labour supply company. The business has a skilled labour force consisting of supervisors and trades people to carry out project work for a number of New Zealand and off-shore companies.

IPS core work is plant installation in the food and beverage industry and they also operate a fully equipped workshop to support this work as well as miscellaneous engineering requirements.


Engineering E2E: Make the World campaign

A 15-month nationwide awareness campaign to encourage more young people into engineering is well underway.

Make the World is a collaborative approach between educational institutions and employers, who aim to change perceptions about engineering and stimulate discussions. 

It was established in response to the shortage of New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates.

Engineering E2E has developed a range of communication materials to showcase the remarkable things engineers do. These have been designed for employers and educators to use beyond the term of the campaign and can be viewed and ordered here

Engineering at Waikato set to grow

The University of Waikato will offer civil and environmental engineering programmes from next semester, beginning in July.

The new programmes have been developed to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge to address New Zealand growing environmental and infrastructure needs.

The programmes will cover the fundamentals of engineering combined with theory and hands-on application alongside the university’s five existing engineering programmes – chemical and biological, electronic, materials and processing and software.

Environmental engineering develops and evaluates options, assesses methods, designs equipment and systems and develops regulations and controls to solve issues of water quality, water supply, waste reduction and disposal, soil and air quality management and control of noise. 

Civil engineering addresses the challenges in urban and rural infrastructure including construction, seismic retro-fitting, energy recovery, water/waste management, power generation, road networks, dams, bridges and agriculture and forestry development. 

Read more here.

A word from WECA Sponsors...

Success Personnel has a range of skilled people on their books including:

1)      20-year experienced stainless steel welder/polisher
2)      Highly experienced fitter / welder 
3)      Two highly experienced & qualified health & safety advisors (available for contract or permanent work)
4)      Commercial / industrial electrician
5)      Highly experienced automation engineer
6)      Experienced architectural draughtsman
7)      Customer service person with experience in residential construction and mechanical engineering- specialising in SS valves and actuators for dairy and power firms
8)      Administration staff with a variety of experience from juniors to senior staff/accounts/reception/PAs/EAs
9)      Sales people/ BDMs with a huge range of product and service backgrounds
10)   Experienced procurement, inventory and logistics coordinator
11)   Labourers, truck drivers, machine operators, process and factory workers.

Please contact us if any of these candidates appeal to you and we can forward Profiles or CVs.

We offer staff on a temporary or recruitment basis, health and safety advisors, drug and alcohol testing, methamphetamine (‘P”) testing and HR consultancy.

Phone Success Personnel on 07-834-0973 or email

Won an award? Moving premises? Want to pick other members' brains? Don't forget to tell us about it! You just might see yourself in the next WECA Update. Email or click the big purple button.

Thank you again to WECA sponsors:


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