Otago Polytechnic

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 ECLadmin@op.ac.nz 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:

Paama sanitation field cropped

Paama village, Vanuatu

Civil Engineering

How to push water uphill

How to push water uphill

Mechanical Engineering

electric Cod

Is your multibox a fire hazard?

Electrical Engineering


Arcade games

Mechanical engineering


Reducing a domestic power bill

Electrical 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


Preventing drone battery fires

Electrical Engineering


Infrastructure design

Civil Engineering