Demand for our project-based engineering service is booming. We’ve now got over 30 mechanical engineers in our team. It’s a team we are incredibly proud of – we expect a lot from our engineers both technically and in terms of their people skills. This team has an awesome amount of experience across many industries, which means our clients benefit from their skills, experience, rigor, and ability to make a difference on any project we put in front of them.
There’s a different vision for the future of manufacturing, where people take centre stage. A vision where people make use of new technology to enable sustainable, socially responsible, and efficient manufacturing.
If you’re in the Waikato, checkout this exhibition that is running from May to October this year. It examines some the region’s innovation and problem-solving success stories through an immersive experience that will take you on a journey through time and space.
What Does Successful Collaboration Look Like?
- BRAINSTORMING – each party use their lack of intimate experience with all aspects of the project, to provide new perspectives. A fresh set of eyes, asking the stupid questions that often turn out to be not so stupid after all. The stupidest question is one that isn’t asked.
- COMPROMISE – so that good engineering is the winner on the day.
- SELF-INTEREST – which can be used for good as well as evil, if you frame the problem so that everyone has a self-interest in a mutual good outcome.
- MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY, STATED RESPONSIBILITIES, AN AGREED OUTCOME, CLEAR GOALS – so that everyone knows what they’re doing and what their teammates are doing. Which ties into …
- CLOSE CONTACT – so that everyone knows what’s going on. Communication of the inevitable scope changes are particularly important. That’s one of the main reason Caliber prefers to work on-site with our clients.
- TEAMWORK & STAYING FOCUSED – to avoid duplication, assumption, working at cross purposes, or wandering off scope.
Startup Weekend Dunedin
“Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams are mentored by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.”
Jonathan thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, witnessing the teams gain more confidence over the course of the weekend, and the innovative ideas that were pitched. He looks forward to being involved again in the future.
More info about the event here:
Less is more at Startup Weekend competition, Otago Daily Times
Caliber Design is a pretty interesting place to be right now. We’re working with more customers on more projects than ever. Luckily, we’ve taken on more talented engineers to meet this very high demand.
We’re still delighted to be engaged with many of our original clients in various projects in the marine, aviation, food processing and special purpose machinery design fields to name a few. Diversity is king however and new exciting projects have presented new challenges and rewards.
Commercial sensitivity prevents me from mentioning some of them, but robotic apple packers, checkout free shopping solutions, transmission tower design, and the design of Orangutan security environments have been keeping our engineers’ interest piqued. (Which is probably a good thing as the thumb and two finger grip of an Orangutan has a 5 kilonewton point load. Which is quite a lot by the way).
My name is Tobi and I am here on an internship from Germany. Since I heard the first time of the beautiful country New Zealand I always wanted to travel to this destination. This year I finally had the chance to do that and because I didn’t want only to travel, I thought it would be a good possibility to combine the traveling with an internship. So, I could gain some international engineering experience besides my studies in Germany. I decided to make a holiday semester in my masters and searched for a place for an internship. Caliber offered me a perfect suitable job in Christchurch. Without hesitation I accepted this offer. Well, now I can practice my learned engineering skills and I hope I can help the company a little bit with their projects.
I work on the Spinal Traction Project. I must update a lot of drawings and I must complete the new strap layout. All in all, I have a great time at work and can practice my CAD skills very good.
Besides my work at Caliber I enjoy my time in New Zealand’s breath-taking nature. I love to do some hikes or some adventures at the sea. As an example for that I visited Akaroa recently and discovered the gorgeous Banks Peninsula with some hikes and dolphin watching.
After the internship I would like to discover more of New Zealand. So, I will travel around the whole South Island for three weeks and 2 weeks around the North Island. After that I will make a short trip to Samoa before I am going to end my big journey after six months.
A little bit more about myself. I am 22 years old and live in Germany in a very small village called Wiebelsbach, with only one thousand inhabitants. As you can imagine the life in a big city as Christchurch is a big change for me but also a great experience. I am studying plastic engineering at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt. Last year I finished my Bachelor and started with my Masters. Now I am in my second of five semesters of Masters studies. During the semester holidays I always worked for different companies with different industrial specialization to gain experience in a wide range, but the most of them were out of the plastic engineering section. Caliber is my first internship outside this sector.
Article by | Tobias Gehling, Design Engineering Intern
Engineering Practice Regulation & Engagement
I think it’s helpful to look for opportunities in challenging situations, so while this one may appear to be storm cloud on the horizon, if we as a profession are vocal enough about it then we should be able to determine our own future and achieve a sunny outcome.
The situation is this: MBIE is proposing to replace CPEng with a certification of general engineering competence and licensing for safety-critical engineering work. In addition, the Government is proposing to regulate general engineering competence and professionalism through a statutory-based voluntary certification scheme, much like the current CPEng. This means Government would regulate both licensing and a general quality mark.
This will be of interest to anyone who signs designs off as a CPEng*, and potentially everyone else who has the word ‘engineer’ in their job title. I say ‘potentially’ as this proposal is being framed around the building and construction industry. Many would agree that this sector is not well regulated. However, Engineering New Zealand (who employ policy analysts) feel this approach might be extended across all areas of engineering practice.
A wide range of engineering activities which don’t fall under the CPEng umbrella are broadly represented by voluntary organisations such as Engineering New Zealand. In other words, we as a profession keep our own ship in order. Prescriptive regulation applied across the board has the potential to massively disrupt our industry, and not necessarily in a good way.
Fortunately, it’s not too late for you to make a submission. The full MBIE proposal is available online and I encourage you to make a submission.
On a brighter note, engaging with your profession is about to become cheaper. Engineering New Zealand will be waiving the administration component of technical group membership, currently levied to non-EngNZ Members. This includes organisations such as the Mechanical Engineering Group, the Aircraft Engineering Association, the Energy Management Association, and the Maintenance Engineering Society; all of whom hold regular technical events and provide an excellent opportunity to connect with the wider engineering community.
*Chartered Professional Engineer. Enshrined in legislation, someone with current CPEng accreditation in a particular practice area and practice field may assess and approve designs as meeting the applicable standards or being suitable for purpose. In mechanical engineering, this applies particularly to designs for structures, vehicles and amusement rides.
Article by | Simon Hall, Design Manager
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