Stu­dent en­gi­neers a bright fu­ture

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

For­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Dy­lan Ward fin­ished up top of his class at the Waikato Trades Academy.

He was part of the first in­take of sec­ondary school stu­dents to the course and in March grad­u­ated along­side Win­tec School of Trades grad­uands.

Dy­lan, 18, was also awarded the Placemak­ers Waikato Trades Academy Top Stu­dent En­gi­neer­ing Award.

The Waikato Trades Academy was es­tab­lished in 2011 and is run jointly by Win­tec, Waikato sec­ondary schools and lo­cal em­ploy­ers.

It of­fers year 11 to 13 stu­dents in­ter­ested in trades an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine prac­ti­cal ter­tiary­based study with stud­ies to­ward their NCEA Level 2.

The Govern­ment funds stu­dents to study at both Win­tec and sec­ondary Me­chan­i­cal ( Year 3) school so stu­dents can ben­e­fit from both learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

In the first year, Dy­lan stud­ied au­to­mo­tive, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing and built a Chop­per bike from scratch. He was awarded the Man­ager’s Award for first year stu­dents.

In his sec­ond and third years, he de­cided to fo­cus on me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and built a fully func­tion­ing of­froad buggy.

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High achiever: For­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Dy­lan Ward with the off-road buggy he built as part of his Waikato Trades Academy course.

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