We all have moments in our lives that we describe as ‘defining moments’, moments that shape us, our lives and our careers. In my own case, it was the day I decided to move to New Zealand to pursue my Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree. It feels like just yesterday that I landed into Auckland and started studying towards my degree at the University of Auckland. But in fact that was almost a decade ago! Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say!
Throughout my career in New Zealand, I have worked for Northpower. My route into employment with Northpower was through my final year project ‘Impact of Electric Vehicle (EV) on a Low Voltage distribution network’ sponsored by the company.
I secured my first role of a Graduate Engineer in 2013 at the Network office in Whangarei. Two years later, I accepted an exciting role with the Auckland Contracting division which gave me a chance to see how the other side of the business works.
Right from the ‘Sustainable zone substation project’ to install Tesla ‘Powerwalls’ at Vector zone subs to pricing solutions for the maintenance of the underground (UG) electricity network, I have been fortunate to have worked on some exciting projects and developed a diverse work experience. And I believe this experience has prepared me for taking the next step in my career as the ‘Project Engineer’ with the UG Maintenance department. With this new role, I provide technical support to the planning team and undertake engineering design work required to enhance or improve the network.
I totally believe that ‘growth and comfort do not co-exist’; whilst this role is challenging, I’m sure it will be equally rewarding. I can’t thank Northpower enough for helping me grow in my career and supporting me every step of the way.