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Engineering, Construction and Living Science

The School of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences welcomes enquiries from businesses interested in providing our students with real problems they can help you solve.

  • Do you have a problem to solve or an idea to pursue that is outside business as usual?
  • Is the problem or idea suitable for students from one or more of these study areas to work on?
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Quantity Surveying
  • Is there plenty of time for the students to work on this?
  • Are you willing to pay for materials and provide other support that the students might need?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, please contact us on and tell us your problem or idea.


What happens next?

  1. We’ll check that the project is suitable for our students, giving them a good learning opportunity – because this is not about them providing free labour.
  2. We’ll finalise the project scope with you and record that in writing.
  3. We’ll offer the project to students at the right time in their course.



These examples show the sorts of things our students are capable of:

George Early

Avalanche detection

Mechanical Engineering

Malik street

Street marking removal

Civil Engineering

OP Students award win

3D printed gears

Mechanical Engineering

Luciano Crudo 1

Manhole adjustment

Civil Engineering

Jonathan Storm

Smoky flavours

Mechanical Engineering

ABE profile CharlotteFlaherty 003

Current conversion

Mechanical Engineering

ABE profile ConorLawrence 007

Flight time

Electrical Engineering

Saw stools IMG 2252

Carpentry team

Civil Engineering

Lookout Fairlie Canterbury NZ Florian Bugiel 1 Jan 2014 CC BY SA 2.0

Infrastructure design

Civil Engineering

Paama sanitation field cropped

Paama village, Vanuatu

Civil Engineering

stacking sticks Oregon Department of Forestry CC BY 2.0

Heavy civil contracting

Civil Engineering


Preventing drone battery fires

Electrical Engineering

Christo 1

Reducing a domestic power bill

Electrical Engineering

Clearwater Civil IMG 2346 cropped v2

Washbay design

Civil Engineering

CORP campus StudentsRoof 002

Timber testing

Civil Engineering

electric Cod

Is your multibox a fire hazard?

Electrical Engineering

Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin uglybob nz 22 Oct 2011 CC BY SA 2.0

Carpark redesign

Civil Engineering

Drone thumbnail APC 0022 Adam Greer

Project Drone

Mechanical Engineering


Arcade games

Mechanical engineering

Taieri Plans Mr Thinktank 21 Dec 2009 Attribution 2.0 Generic CC BY 2.0

Managing flooding

Civil Engineering

HOS event FoodTruck 007

Food Truck Collaboration

Electrical Engineering