Iveco Blues partnership delivering for MIT students

In News, Iveco3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 1, 2021

Sponsoring The Blues has led to a collaboration between two of the team‘s commercial partners that will help introduce industry standard equipment to the next generation of automotive engineers.

Iveco and Manukau Institute of Technology started talking about how they could work together at a sponsors‘ function, which has led to Iveco donating two diesel engines and a gearbox to the south Auckland vocational education provider.

“The industry is screaming out for training on diesel – so this will be a real industry arch,” said MIT automotive lecturer Trevor Williams. Not only will the students be able to learn on the new equipment, they will also be able to complete work experience with Iveco.

The engines allow for learners to be directly exposed to modern systems. “They will learn stripping identification, measurements and reassembling from an engine point of view, then we‘ll use the fuel system to educate students on how the common-rail fuel system works. They also go through the oiling system, the turbocharger, intake and exhaust,” said Williams.

The work experience with Iveco will happen at least once a week in the company‘s Wiri-based workshop, less than three kilometres from MIT TechPark in Manukau.

“Once some of our students have completed a few months‘ worth of work with the automotive school, we want to get them in to complete work experience here at Iveco,” explains MIT recruitment consultant, Maureen Prasad. “This will prepare our students for the industry by gaining that hands-on experience.”

Iveco service manager Anton van den Oever is excited for an ongoing partnership with MIT. “We look forward to forging a new pathway of new technicians through work experience for the students at MIT.”

Blues Rugby general manager commercial, Todd Hewitt, is delighted with the collaboration that has come from both parties‘ support of the franchise.

“To see two Blues partners working together on an initiative which benefits both and provides practical experience for young students is extremely pleasing. We‘ve made a concerted effort at the Blues to focus on collaboration between partners and this initiative is great testament to that focus,” he says.

At TechPark, MIT is helping students build sustainable, rewarding, resilient careers in trades and engineering. It‘s also a hub for collaboration between education and industry to ensure Aotearoa meets its need for key infrastructure and transport.