Practical Work - Overview and Requirements - College of Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Introduction to Practical Work Experience

The goals of practical work training are:

  1. To familiarise you with engineering tools, equipment, machines and techniques.
  2. To help you understand the engineering terms and concepts introduced during the Degree Course.
  3. To provide you with actual experience of different work roles that you are likely to encounter once you are a professional engineer.

The first two goals relate directly to the Degree course but are also intended to benefit you once you graduate. The third goal is intended to benefit you once you graduate.  As a student you will have a better opportunity to work with and understand trades people and semi-skilled or unskilled personnel than when you graduate.  Make the most of this opportunity by observing as many different work roles as possible.

All engineering students must complete the following non-academic requirements:

  1. A minimum of 800 hours (100 days) work in engineering industry
  2. Two written reports describing the work you performed and the roles you observed
  3. First aid certificate
  4. Workshop Training Course

These requirements are entirely your responsibility. Final year students/graduands should check the deadlines