Tyler Chisholm, who recently completed a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (level 3), has enjoyed applying his skills to a project many others are now enjoying — Otago Polytechnic’s food truck.
After Otago Polytechnic’s School of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences asked for a range of Mechanical Engineering project ideas from other departments, the Food Design Institute answered the call and set in motion a project that involved other Otago Polytechnic programmes, including Engineering and Design.
Tyler led the Mechanical Engineering team that built the truck’s chassis. Another built the body that houses the cooking area.
“I’ve done a lot of problem-solving as well as learnt design and welding skills,” Tyler says.
“The highlight was when we wheeled it out of the workshop. It was great to see it competed and ready to be handed over.
“Working with the Food Design Institute was a great experience. I’m really excited to see the truck being used in the community, and at events to promote Otago Polytechnic.”
As a result of Tyler’s efforts and expertise, learners and staff at Otago Polytechnic are now indulging in fine fare from the food truck, which can regularly be found parked at the Harbour Tce courtyard, at the rear of the Hub.