Coming from rural New Zealand I was always interested in how things worked, and I was fascinated watching my dad tinker and fix things in the shed. Throughout high school I enjoyed Calculus, Physics and Design which lent itself to studying engineering. I studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Auckland and during my final year I applied for the graduate program at IXOM and I was lucky enough to receive an offer of employment.
I currently work as a Graduate Maintenance/Projects Engineer at IXOM Mount Maunganui, if something breaks, I fix it and try to eliminate the issue from arising again. From time to time I work on projects that are new installs which is where I’m at my best. I really enjoy the project process and seeing my designs come to life. Since working for IXOM I’ve been involved in Civil design, Chemical process optimisation design, Electrical system design and even Automation logic planning.
The best part of my role is building relationships with IXOM employees and contractors alike and expanding my engineering knowledge to further fields. Coming from a mechanical background gives me a solid baseline of knowledge to build from.
I think the best part of the graduate program is that through your rotations you get to see different corners of the business you wouldn’t ordinarily see if you stayed in one role.
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