DIARY OF A BUD­DING EN­GI­NEER

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS - Claire Parker.

AN IM­POR­TANT AS­PECT of the en­gi­neer­ing de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land is the 800 hours of prac­ti­cal work that you must com­plete while study­ing. This past sum­mer I spent 400 hours work­ing at Fluid Chem­i­cals to gain my gen­eral work ex­pe­ri­ence hours and to get ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in a busi­ness with a chem­i­cal ba­sis. This is use­ful as I study Chem­i­cal and Ma­te­ri­als En­gi­neer­ing. Fluid Chem­i­cals is a lo­cal com­pany that man­u­fac­tures and sells qual­ity in­dus­trial clean­ing so­lu­tions with the goal to clean, sani­tise, en­hance, protect and im­prove through the use of their prod­ucts. My main con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing my work ex­pe­ri­ence was pack­ing off the prod­uct, putting or­ders to­gether for dis­patch and gen­er­ally help­ing the ware­house man­ager and her team in any way I could. As I started to learn more I also got to be in­volved in some ba­sic man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions and am cur­rently start­ing the process of get­ting my fork­lift li­cence. Although the work I was do­ing was not strictly en­gi­neer­ing I still learnt a lot of use­ful skills that will help in my fu­ture ca­reer as I got in­volved in a lot of dif­fer­ent jobs. This in­cludes at­tend­ing health and safety/ pro­duc­tion meet­ings, learn­ing about chem­i­cal stor­age and gain­ing prac­ti­cal knowl­edge about work­ing with chem­i­cals safely. The work en­vi­ron­ment was per­fect for learn­ing all of these use­ful skills due to help of my ware­house man­ager who was ea­ger to share her in­dus­try knowl­edge. Since I be­lieve this ex­pe­ri­ence was so use­ful I am con­tin­u­ing to work at Fluid Chem­i­cals part time through­out the year to get the most I can out of this ex­pe­ri­ence.

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