Moving to New Plymouth was the perfect chance to up-skill for aspiring engineer Phillip Lamb.
Phillip made the shift from the Coromandel to Taranaki in 2011 with his partner, and after struggling to find a job he wanted, decided to enroll at WITT.
“I come from a small town in the Coromandel, and discovered the facilities were here so decided to take advantage of it”
He completed the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2), graduating top of his class in 2011.
Phillip is now working on the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, which he is set to complete at the end of 2013.
“Engineers’ with the diploma are pretty sought after, it’s a great qualification.”
With a long-term goal to own and operate his own business, the hands-on 26-year-old has no plans to leave Taranaki.
“I would like to work for a couple of years, and stay in Taranaki as the industry is pretty good here.”
His background with electrical work has sparked an interest to one day get involved with alternative energy, such as wind turbines and hydro-power.
“I’m a practical type of person, I could never sit in an office all day. Too boring,” said the full-time student.
Phillip says tackling the certificate before going onto the diploma will give anyone wanting to give the engineering trade a go a sound background.
“I highly recommend the certificate course. It’s really enjoyable, you learn a lot out of it and it’s great value for money,” he says.