UC engineering students' work recognised

11 August 2011

Two University of Canterbury engineering students have received national recognition for their practical work reports.

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Pictured (from left) are Carol Hirschfeld, Nick Borren (University of Canterbury), Stephanie Miller (University of Auckland), Richard Gray (University of Canterbury) and Tonkin & Taylor New Zealand Managing Director Doug Johnson. Photo supplied by www.christinesyme.com.

Two University of Canterbury engineering students have received national recognition for their practical work reports.

Nicholas Borren (Civil Engineering, 3rd Professional Year) and Richard Gray (Civil Engineering, 3rd Professional Year) have received Tonkin & Taylor/Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand Best Practical Work Report Awards for 2011.

The awards are open to fourth-year engineering students and highlight the importance of written communication skills, essential for report writing in the business of engineering. UC scooped two of the three awards presented this year.

Students are invited to submit practical work reports they had prepared as part of their engineering degree.

The reports were judged on report writing and the students’ ability to describe the work they carried out and their experience gained, rather than on the duties undertaken.

Nicholas’s work report on Hanlon & Partners, Dunedin, was praised by judges as a standout report which clearly showed how much he had learned.

Richard’s report on Beca, Auckland, was described by the judges as “commercially astute” with a good understanding of work scheduling processes and project phases. It showed both his enthusiasm and how much he had learned technically.

Each award winner received a framed certificate, a cash prize of $1500, complimentary delegate registration to the ACENZ annual conference and travel expenses allowing them to attend the INNOVATE NZ Awards of Excellence, held in Rotorua on 6 August, where they received their awards.

Managing director of Tonkin & Taylor, Doug Johnson, said the “insightful and succinct report writing skills shown by this year’s Best Practical Work Awards winners are exactly what the business of engineering needs”.

“Concise, readable reports are essential in our industry.  T&T is pleased to sponsor this award in conjunction with ACENZ to encourage the next generation of consulting engineers to develop good written communication skills.”

To be eligible for the award, students must be studying towards a Washington Accord Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and their practical work experience must be with an ACENZ Member Firm. 

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