Tyler Benington is an example of where hard-work and determination can get you. In 2008, with no background in engineering at all, he embarked on a Basic Mechanical Engineering Trade (BMETS) qualification. He then gained a National Certificate in Engineering, specialising in Light Fabrication. Years later, he now works as an Engineering tutor at Otago Polytechnic – a career he loves.
During the BMETS programme, Tyler’s dedication won him Top Student and Top Machinist of The Year. After that, he completed his apprenticeship at Farra Stainless in two, rather than the usual four, years. “I was keen to get qualified and move on to work,” he says. Alongside his apprenticeship, Tyler completed night classes and block courses to complete his Engineering Fabrication qualification.
The highlights of Tyler’s time at OP included the block courses and the hands-on work in the field – including a stint working at the Speights Brewery redevelopment. He also speaks highly about the quality of teaching he received, especially from John Stocks, who has guided and mentored him ever since he began at Otago Polytechnic.
His decision to apply for a tutoring position in the School of Architecture, Building and Engineering came arose from Tyler’s own enjoyment of his time at the Polytechnic. “When I was doing the course, I thought it would be cool to do what John (Stocks) does,” he says.
Tyler’s advice for those interested in a career in Engineering is straightforward. “Punctuality and respect go a long way with regards to senior tradesmen and tutors,” he says. “They’ll take you far in this industry.”
The National Certificate in Engineering (Level 4) has been replaced by the Certificate in Engineering (Level 3).