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The EPECentre is hosted by the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

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Congratulations to the team for another successful Aruhiko PEET Power Systems Field Trip and thank you to everyone who helped with organising and hosting our group.

Each year, on behalf of Aruhiko PEET, we run a 4-day field trip in either the North or South Island. This year, the trip was held in the North Island, starting in Wellington, and travelling up to Auckland, stopping at wind, hydro, thermal and geothermal generation sites, HVDC switchyard and substation, transmission coordination centre, battery storage and distribution as well as a major energy user.

EPECentre team members David Humm, Sharee McNab, Rachel Maw and UC ECE's Paul Agger lead the group of 28 UC students from Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Mechatronics Engineering. Student feedback was fantastic and appreciative of being able to see how the whole power system works together. We are so grateful to all our hosts, their enthusiasm for their jobs and passing on that enthusiasm to the students!

Check out the daily trip summaries and photos on the Aruhiko PEET LinkedIn page:
⚡Day 1 - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7185568179081936897
⚡Day 2 - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7185936488499458049
⚡Day 3 - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7186302698391011328
⚡Day 4 - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7186857939708645376

Early Careers | AECOM 18/03/2024

Our Aruhiko PEET member, AECOM, has many opportunities for 2025 graduate engineers in a range of disciplines. Check out the link to learn more. Applications close 7 April 2024!

Early Careers | AECOM Deliver a Better World with AECOM’s early career opportunities Why choose AECOM?  AECOM stands out as a beacon of excellence and ethics in the global infrastructure sector, honoured as both the “World’s Most Admired Company” and the “World’s Most Ethical Company” by Fortune and Ethisp...


We are accepting expressions of interest for the 4-day North Island Power Systems Field Trip - https://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/mod/feedback/view.php?id=1913700

The annual Power Systems Field Trip take around 30 students each year to see the inner workings of NZ hydropower stations, wind farms, geothermal and co-generation plants, as well as some large-scale power consumers.

This trip is organised and administered by the EPECentre with financial and industry support provided through the membership of the Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET).

Graduate Electrical Engineer (Transmission & Distribution) 15/12/2023

AECOM has job opportunity for a Graduate Electrical Engineer (Transmission & Distribution), starting February 2024 and based in Wellington.
Check out the link for more details and to apply!

Graduate Electrical Engineer (Transmission & Distribution) Company Description: We all leave a legacy. What will yours be?We are a team of over 56,000 specialists working across 7 continents to deliver some of the world’s most influential and transformational infrastructure projects.Along with our clients and partners, we have one goal: to leave a positiv...


We are excited to pass on this invitation from collaborators Rebecca Peer and Jannik Haas from the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

Upcoming workshop: "Energy Futures: Hydrogen for New Zealand," on 29th January 2024, at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.
Event page link: https://hint.org.nz/?page_id=1016

Date: 29 January 2024
Time: 12:30 to 19:00
Venue: University of Canterbury, Christchurch (with online streaming for sessions 1 and 3)
Cost: Free – but please register
Catering: Afternoon tea and light refreshments provided

About the Workshop:
This workshop is part of the “New Zealand-German Platform for Hydrogen Integration (HINT)” MBIE-funded project, a collaborative research project between New Zealand and German researchers investigating green hydrogen integration. In this workshop, we aim to provide valuable insights into the modelling of energy futures, with a specific focus on green hydrogen integrated systems and applications. The event will bring together global perspectives on modelling and energy pathways relevant to New Zealand’s sustainable energy transition. This includes speakers from New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and more.

Attendance at this workshop is free, and we encourage you to register as soon as possible. To register, please follow this registration link: https://events.humanitix.com/energy-futures-hydrogen-for-new-zealand

The event will conclude with a networking session, providing an opportunity to connect with fellow participants and speakers over refreshments and snacks.

Please pass this invitation on to any interested colleagues, and we look forward to you joining us at this important discussion on the future of energy in New Zealand.

Energy futures: Hydrogen for New Zealand - HINT Important: Please note the following information will be updated periodically. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for FAQ’s. Date: 29 January 2024  Time: 12:30 to 19:00  Venue: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Note: we will also stream sessions 1 and 3 for online partici...

Photos from EPECentre's post 15/11/2023

Congratulations to the UCM - University of Canterbury Motorsport on their impressive electric race car we saw unveiled last week! What a massive effort in engineering, cooperation and coordination. Wishing you luck for the competition in Australia next month!

Photos from EPECentre's post 16/10/2023

Congratulations to our 2023 scholars! Thank you to everyone who came together on 5 October to take part in and support the Power Engineering Scholarship Awards. It was a fantastic evening in the John Britten building at UC! This year we awarded 29 scholars on behalf of our Aruhiko PEET members.
We were honoured to have special guests, Pat Bodger (one of the original founders of EPECentre and PEET), Peter Brown (PSC and PEET Board Member), Mark Appleman (MainPower), Irene Clausse (Connetics) and Lydia Smith (Transpower) speaking and awarding certificates to the scholars. Also, really nice to catch up with scholar alumni in attendance.

Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET) Manager - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 01/10/2023

We are hiring!

There is an opportunity to join the EPECentre team in the exciting role of Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust Manager. The Trust is an industry-funded not-for-profit that exists to boost the number of, and inspire and enable tomorrow's power engineering talent.

We are looking for a positive, friendly, outgoing and motivated person to manage all aspects of the Trust's activities. This is a very diverse role that ranges from growing our team of supporters and benefactors, managing and organising events, fieldtrips, and outreach, and operational management of the Trust's financial, regulatory and Board activities.

Check the link to learn more and apply!

Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET) Manager - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Tautāwhi? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer - Christchurch - Manawa Energy 30/08/2023

Manawa Energy has a position available for a graduate mechanical engineer:

This is a fantastic opportunity for a mechanical engineering graduate (or recent graduate) to work for Manawa Energy, based in our Christchurch office. You'll be part of our Generation Team working on a range of projects and challenges on our renewable electricity hydro assets. Primarily based in our Christchurch office, with regular opportunities to visit our hydro schemes around the country.

Applications close 25 September.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer - Christchurch - Manawa Energy We're looking for an energetic, smart, and motivated mechanical engineering graduates (or recent graduates) to work with us on a range of projects and challenges on our renewable electricity hydro schemes around the country.

Graduate Engineers - Powerco 24/08/2023

Powerco has two graduate job opportunities for Electrical and/or Mechanical Engineering graduates, starting end of 2023 or start of 2024, based in New Plymouth or Tauranga.

Check out the following link for details or to apply by 17 September!

Graduate Engineers - Powerco FullTimePermanent • New Plymouth, Taranaki - New Zealand • Do you want to develop your career while making a difference to the electricity distribution industry?

Alpine Energy - Careers 23/08/2023

Looking for a graduate or summer job?

Alpine Energy has opportunities for graduates starting February 2024 and up to three Summer Interns over the 2023/34 uni holidays.

Check the website for details or to apply/express your interest by 27 August:

Alpine Energy - Careers We're on the look out for talented, innovative and inspiring people to join our team

Careers – PowerNet 09/08/2023

PowerNet in Southland have opportunities for an Electrical Engineering Graduate and a Summer Engineering Intern.
Applications close 27 August - check the following links for more details and to apply!
PowerNet Careers: https://powernet.co.nz/careers/
Summer Intern: https://www.seek.co.nz/job/69082289
Graduate Electrical Engineer: https://www.seek.co.nz/job/69074021

Careers – PowerNet We have opportunities including operational, engineering, future energy, finance and commercial, people, culture and communication and business support roles.


⚡️Power Careers Events are on today - come along to Rātā/Engineering Core!
⚡️We have 6 company sessions running from 12pm (5 more tomorrow morning).
⚡️Graduate & Internship Convention from 4pm-7pm, with company stands and talks from an expert panel of senior and young engineers, followed by pizza and networking 🍕
⚡️Check out the details: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/epecentre/events/power-careers/
⚡️Download the programme:https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/epecentre/2023-Power-Careers-Events-Programme.pdf

Are you looking for an engineering graduate job or summer internship? Are you curious about working in the power industry?

The Power Careers Events are being held Thursday and Friday, 27-28 July in Rātā/Engineering Core. Come along and meet industry representatives, ask questions and find opportunities to kickstart your career!

The power industry recruits engineers from all disciplines and all engineering students are welcome!

Check our website for more details and to download the programme! https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/epecentre/events/power-careers/


Are you looking for an engineering graduate job or summer internship? Are you curious about working in the power industry?

The Power Careers Events are being held Thursday and Friday, 27-28 July in Rātā/Engineering Core. Come along and meet industry representatives, ask questions and find opportunities to kickstart your career!

The power industry recruits engineers from all disciplines and all engineering students are welcome!

Check our website for more details and to download the programme! https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/epecentre/events/power-careers/


Interested in or already studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering? Check out this scholarship opportunity!

The Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust Undergraduate Scholarship is open to applicants who are school leavers, EEE students in First, Second and Third Year at University of Canterbury or Part III at University of Auckland.

Applications close 15 August 2023 - check the full terms and eligibility and apply online now:

Education — Marlborough Lines 19/06/2023

Are you studying in Fourth Year and looking for a graduate job?

Marlborough Lines Ltd (MLL) is looking for a graduate electrical engineer to join MLL’s Graduate Development Programme at the completion of their studies.

Based in New Zealand’s vineyard capital Blenheim, Marlborough Lines operates the network that distributes electricity throughout Marlborough, from the Kaikoura coast, across the Marlborough Sounds to the Upper Wairau Valley. Marlborough has the led the way for renewable energy developments in New Zealand and through its subsidiary Energy Marlborough, the Engineering team is also developing large scale solar plants across the region.

MLL’s graduate programme is unique in the power industry in New Zealand in that it offers engineering experience in both the electricity distribution and generation sectors with mentorship by some of New Zealand’s most highly respected power industry engineers.

MLL is looking for young engineers who are keen to learn and grow alongside the new technologies described in our graduate programme athttps://www.marlboroughlines.co.nz/s/MLL-Engineering-Graduate-Programme-Final-Jul22.pdf

Marlborough Lines operates a dynamic modern network in a unique environment that often requires innovative thinking to meet some tough challenges. We're looking for folk who are like us - forward-thinking and ambitious, with a focus on being the best in all that we do. Our objective is to deliver sustainable regional growth and equity through people, technology, and environmental leadership.

More information on MLL’s Graduate Development Programme can be found at https://www.marlboroughlines.co.nz/education or email [email protected] for more information on opportunities available in MLL. Applications close in August.

Education — Marlborough Lines Education Education MLL is strongly supportive of education and sees helping Marlborough youth to grow and develop as an integral part of what we do to build a better Marlborough. We have a range of valuable programmes that we contribute to which support our vision of “Energising Marlborough’s F...

Summer Intern - Bay of Plenty, Christchurch - Manawa Energy 14/06/2023

Manawa Energy - Summer Intern Opportunity

This is a fantastic summer intern opportunity for an engineer or science student to work for Manawa Energy in Tauranga or Christchurch. You'll be part of our Generation Team working on renewable electricity opportunities. Primarily based in either our Tauranga or Christchurch offices, with the opportunity to visit some of our hydro schemes during this assignment.

Summer Intern - Bay of Plenty, Christchurch - Manawa Energy Manawa Energy has 44 hydro power stations and one diesel peaking station across 26 schemes with an installed capacity of 510MW and annual average production of 1,942GWh. We also have irrigation assets in the South Island. We are considered a leader in public, personnel and asset safety and risk mana...

Photos from EPECentre's post 24/05/2023

We had the pleasure of hosting the latest Young Energy Professionals Network (YEPN) NZ Ōtautahi event last night at UC. It was a great turnout from UC engineering students and young professional engineers from all areas of the energy sector.

Talks focused on The Big Themes: Energy and Decarbonisation, and we heard from UC engineering alumni Edward Harvey from Evnex, Emily Adams from Meridian, and Jeff Smit from DETA.

UC Motorsport 17/05/2023

Are you a UC student, curious about taking part in UCM - University of Canterbury Motorsport projects? The team has produced a video to share a bit about themselves and what they do—check it out!

UCM is a student-run organisation that competes in the largest student engineering design competition in the world, Formula SAE. The team designs and builds race cars from the ground up, and they get to race them too. UCM is proudly supported by EPECentre and Aruhiko - PEET since 2016.

UC Motorsport The University of Canterbury Motorsport Team (UCM) is a student-run organisation that competes in the largest student engineering design competition in the w...

Photos from EPECentre's post 16/05/2023

Last week the EPECentre joined the ‘Decide your Discipline’ expo at UC, an event for first-year engineering students aimed at helping them explore different engineering disciplines and pathways.

Students got to chat with staff and students to figure out their best pathway beyond First Year Engineering.

We joined up with the Electrical and Computer Engineering team to showcase

⚡photos from our recent Aruhiko-PEET supported Power Systems Field Trip
🚗UC Motorsport race car , which we proudly sponsor
💰 Aruhiko-PEET Scholarship opportunities for power engineering students

We also got to share all the great opportunities open to power engineering graduates. What a great turnout!


The Big Themes: Energy and Decarbonisation

The Young Energy Professionals Network (YEPN) invites you to join their upcoming networking event, proudly supported by DETA consulting and EPECentre, University of Canterbury.

Hear from guest speakers who will be sharing their insights on our macro energy decarbonisation themes: process heat, transport and generation. Drinks and food to follow.

UC students welcome! Please register here

Tues 23 May, 4-7pm, hosted on UC campus and supported by the EPECentre

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