Wade Moselen has tried a few things in life but he’s pretty sure he’s onto the best thing now.
One of those is being a new dad to son Flynn (born June 2014) and the other is completing his final paper in his course at WITT.
He began study in 2012 towards his NZ Diploma in Engineering (Mech) while working at Powerco on a cadetship. He’d been with the firm since 2009 based in the finance department as a billings specialist with the company’s corporate wing.
“I had the opportunity to take up this cadetship as a mechanical engineer. I was quite lucky to get that, especially the fact that I could study and still work at the same time. I’d had experience beforehand though, in the mechanical field with then Tenex Robert Stone which specialise in heavy fabrication work.”
But the new job and study opportunity opened further new doors when Wade approached the end of his studies last year and he is now with Howard Wright, a leading and innovative manufacturer of medical beds and stretchers.
“The study has definitely been beneficial. I’m quite a nerd though and I work really hard and get pretty good grades. But the tutors are really onto it people, very committed and helpful.”
Wade can compare his experience at WITT to that of university. He has a degree in Psychology and Religious Studies but far recommends WITT as a place of learning.
“You have a much more personal relationship with tutors here than you do at uni. With small classes I think it’s an advantage. At uni, you are just one of 300 sitting listening to a lecturer but here the tutors really do have the time for you and are interested.
“I’m enjoying engineering. It feels really good and I’m committed to having a successful career in the field. I’m finding the switch to Howard Wright a great move. It offers me a new challenge and different field of engineering to work in.”
Wade also tried teaching, having completed two years teaching English in Japan after university.
“I travelled all through Asia while up there. But teaching wasn’t really for me. I’ve learned that to be a good teacher you have to have two things. One is to be passionate about your subject and the other is that you have to be a bit of an entertainer. It wasn’t me but it was a really good experience and I learned a lot about myself.”
Wade commends WITT on providing opportunities to improve or upskill.
“With the sizeable engineering industry here, there’s a lot of people working at trade level and for them to have the opportunity to carry on working but move away from a trade and step up to another level is great. WITT is a real asset to be able to do that.”