Erin Sims

Robotics Plus - Tauranga, New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Engineering
  • Freemasons University Scholarship

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours graduate Erin Sims has found her dream job at Robotics Plus, a Tauranga company that develops robotic technologies for primary industries.

Erin landed this job after working with Robotics Plus to develop a robotic apple harvester for her fourth-year university project. She enjoys the variety that her job offers; her day-to-day tasks include 3D modelling, ordering parts, and assembling projects.

“It’s cool being able to do both sides of engineering. I really like spending time on the computer designing, but then also doing the hands-on side,” Erin says.

While studying, Erin was awarded the Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Engineering, and the Freemasons University Scholarship.

“The scholarships made a huge difference, especially as I was moving out of home. They gave me the freedom to be able to do more,” she says.

Erin took advantage of this freedom to embrace as many opportunities as she could. Throughout her four undergraduate years, Erin completed work placements at Lely Sensortec, Vertex and Gallagher.

The practical elements of the University of Waikato’s engineering course allowed Erin to gain transferrable skills that have helped her in the industry. She believes there is a wide range of jobs for engineering graduates in Waikato.

“Most of my friends have found jobs out of university – a few have gone into consultancy, and there have been sales engineers, as well as research and development and robotics work.”

Erin is loving her current job at Robotics Plus and is keen to stay there for as long as they have work for her. “The most rewarding part is seeing stuff that I have designed on the computer come to life.”

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