Fri 10 Jan 2020

Harsheel's bright future in the Far North

Originally from India, Harsheel Patel’s New Zealand career journey started in Hamilton with NZIHT and has gone on to see him settling in a spectacular part of the country – New Zealand’s far north. 

Coming to New Zealand in 2017 to study the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways), he graduated the following year and went on to find work as a Resource Consent Engineer at Far North District Council. He said the knowledge and skills he gained during his time at NZIHT helped him to find results in his current job and continue to give him the confidence to pursue his career goals.

“My role as a Resource Consent Engineer deals with the subdivision of land, and assessing engineering conditions according to District plans and rules like the Local Government Act and Resource Management Act. It also involves engineering aspects like stormwater, wastewater and infrastructure management,” he said.

“Down the line, I see myself with this qualification taking a leadership role, becoming more competent in this industry and setting an example for other learners who come to WITT and NZIHT to begin their careers.”

Harsheel said choosing NZIHT was easy once he’d done his homework.

“After researching many countries, universities and courses, I found NZIHT which was one of the leading institutes and it was the only one that fit with my future goals.

“While I was studying, I was really motivated by one of my tutors, Clarence Morkel, who I would say was like a mentor. He’s got years of experience and his teaching skills and knowledge are great if you like to study in areas like stormwater and pavements. To be honest, I think it’s following his skills and teaching that helped me to find the work I have now. He’s been an inspiration to me.”

Harsheel said that aside from his great experience with his teachers, one of the best things about studying at NZIHT was the extra support he received.

“People’s support and guidance – both from other students and WITT administration and support staff – helped me to overcome some difficult situations.

“If you want to gain the right skills and education for a career in the roading and engineering industry, NZIHT will be the right move. Your engineering future will be bright.”

The Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) is a full-year programme designed for those people who already have a degree qualification but need advanced highways related training. It’s now available to study in New Plymouth in April and September as well as Hamilton in February, July, and November.