Student advice and support

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All Bachelor of Engineering with Honours students are paired with a staff mentor who helps them review their progress and acts as a general confidante for both personal and course-related problems. Students also have access to many other support people within the department and College.

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If you need assistance with a general academic enquiry please email the Mechanical Engineering Shared Mailbox or see the administrative team behind the reception desk on Level 5, Civil/Mechanical building.

Exemptions from course prerequisities

Please note: If you are applying for exemption from a course prerequisite you need to complete an Exemption from a Prerequisite Application form.

Enrolment and course changes

If you need assistance with enrolment or course changes, contact the director of studies for your year level.

Lui Holder Pearson

Director of Studies - Mechatronics 2nd Year Engineering
Link Room 509
Internal Phone: 91809

Richard Clare

Senior Lecturer Above the Bar
Director of Studies - Mechatronics 3rd Year Engineering
Link Rm 511
Internal Phone: 93721

Michael Hayes

Co-Director of Mechatronics, Director of Studies - Mechatronics 4th Year Engineering
Link Rm 504
  • Your Learn profile contains full details and instructions of your individual courses.
  • See the Course Information System listings for all Mechanical Engineering courses.

UC offers a range of support services for students with disabilities including the Disability Resource Service. Mechanical Engineering's Advisor to Students with Disabilities also offers advice and assistance.

Geoff Chase

Distinguished Professor
Advisor to Students with Disabilities
Civil Mechanical E502
Internal Phone: 92182

Class representives serve as a link between the Department and its students. Primarily, they interact with the Directors of Studies for their Professional Year.

Second Year Engineering representatives 2023

Benedikt (Bennie) Cwetler

Class Representative - 2nd Year Engineering

Hannah Battrick

Third Year Engineering representatives 2023

Lydia Burnett

Class Representative - 2nd Year Engineering

Josh Peacocke

Class Representative - 3rd Year Engineering

Fourth Year Engineering representatives 2023

Laura Hardie

Class Representative - 4th Year Engineering

Praveen Niranjan

Class Representative - 4th Year Engineering

Find out more about Practical Work requirements for the BE (Hons) degree.

For general inquiries contact the College's Practical Work Coordinators at

Sally Hinkley

Work Experience Coordinator
John Britten Rm 107
Internal Phone: 94274

Find out more about our workshop facilities. For more information about the requirements for workshop training contact the Workshop Training Team Leader.

Mechanical Engineering

Garry Cotton

Workshop Training Team Leader (UC workshops)
Mechanical Wing 106
Internal Phone: 92134

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Philipp Hof

Technical Services Manager
Technical Staff
Electrical Wing 204a
Internal Phone: 93755

Contact our staff for information about computer access and availability.

Mechanical Engineering

Adam Latham

Systems Administrator
Technical Officer
Mechanical Engineering C210
Internal Phone: 92394

Paul Southward

Programmer Analyst
Systems Analyst / Programmer
Civil /Mechanical Rm E205
Internal Phone: 92209

Electrical and Computer Engineering

David Van Leeuwen

Senior Programmer Analyst
Sun, Unix Networks
Electrical Wing 217
Internal Phone: 93505

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. Contact our department Safety Officer for further advice or information or consult UC's Health and Safety policy guidelines.

Bruce Robertson

Technical Services Manager
Design Engineer
Mechanical Wing 213
Internal Phone: 92384

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Behavioural expectations

  • The College of Engineering expects all of its students to 'treat people with respect and courtesy' (Code of Ethical Conduct, EngNZ).
  • This is an ethical responsibility. It also applies to student-to-student interactions.
  • We do not tolerate:
    • Harrassment of any kind (including physical, electronic, or verbal bullying) involving staff, students or visitors, whether on or off campus. Harrassment can be defined as unwelcome, unsolicited and unreciprocated behaviour by a person or group that may offend, humiliate, or intimidate another, and interferes with a person's right to work or study in a non-threatening environment.
    • Discrimination
    • Unwanted physical intimate attention
  • Persistent or reckless disregard of this ethical obligation can have serioius consequences (including exclusion)
  • We expect students to respect the rights of others and contribute positively to a culture of respect and courtesy for others.

 If you have a complaint relating to a staff member, student or visitor, the normal procedure would be:

If you have a problem relating to an academic matter, you are encouraged to discuss the problem initially with the member of staff concerned. If you feel uncomfortable about doing this or are unable to resolve the problem satisfactorily, you may seek assistance from your Professional Year Director of Studies or from the Head of Department. You can also seek the support of your Class Representative.

We encourage students to resolve their problem within the Department. Go to UC's process, rights and responsibilities webpage or the Appeals and Grievances Regulations in UC Calendar for more information.

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