27 June 2017

Milmeq launches University of Canterbury scholarship

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Milmeq’s commitment to developing new talent in the engineering industry continues, as the company announces a new scholarship for university students.

Arriving in time for the 2018 academic year, a scholarship of $3000 will be available to University of Canterbury third year (second professional) electrical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering students.

Milmeq CEO Chester Bakkerus says adding a specific University of Canterbury scholarship reflects Milmeq’s commitment to expanding prospects for the country’s young engineers.

“Today’s university students represent the future of our industry and Milmeq wants to be a part of enriching that future,” he says.

“Offering a Canterbury scholarship, in addition to our other ones, ensures we are part of that future building process.”

The scholarship

The type of student Milmeq is seeking is someone with both a passion for engineering and the New Zealand agritech sector.

Those wishing to apply for the scholarship will required to provide a copy of their academic transcript and a small personal statement on why they feel the scholarship should be awarded to them.

Applications for the scholarship close on July 31, 2017.

This scholarship joins the existing University of Auckland scholarship Milmeq administers.

Interning at Milmeq

Over the years, Milmeq has been an industry leader in providing career opportunities for future engineers, through its various scholarships, summer internship and graduate programme, and assistance for students with final year projects.

The company regularly attends engineering careers fairs at both Auckland and Canterbury universities.

As a part of the scholarships Milmeq offers, students have the opportunity to intern with the company during the summer break.

During their time at Milmeq, the interns assist the company in innovation projects, aimed at providing enhancements to existing technologies and development of new technologies. This enables them to complete the hours each of practical and professional engineering experience required as part of their degree.

Following their experience as interns, several students have gone on to take up positions with Milmeq through the graduate programme.

What our grads say

Graduate Margarita Savchenko recently completed her electrical engineering studies, and came to work at Milmeq after her experience as an intern.

Now working as a graduate electrical controls engineer, Margarita says the opportunities working for Milmeq are varied and rewarding.

“I am exposed to a range of different projects, including plate freezer and beef processing system installations,” she says.

“Everyone in the team is so talented and helpful, and I can’t think of a better place to have started my professional career.”

Like Margarita, Thomas Craig joined Milmeq after being an intern. Now working as a graduate design engineer, he says best part of beginning his career at Milmeq is working alongside the knowledgeable team.

“It’s fantastic getting to work alongside highly experienced engineers – I find myself learning something new every day.”

“In my role, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and put a lot of the theory I learnt in my degree into practical application.”