ENGGEN 299: Workshop Practice

ENGEN 299 is a compulsory component of your Engineering degree.

ENGGEN 299 is carried out in the second year of your BE(Hons) programme. This is a zero-point practical component of the BE(Hons).

This course provides an introduction to use of tools, equipment and techniques for creating physical objects and mechanisms in a variety of materials. Skills learned in the course enable analogous learning about design process in later courses and empower students to apply this experience in internships, the workplace and projects while they study.

The ENGGEN 299 structure for 2021 has changed and any ongoing updates will also be communicated directly via your student email. If you have any concerns, contact foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz.

Changes for 2021

Changes for course delivery in 2021 are aligned to your specialisation needs and what you are likely to use in internships.

Health and safety in the workplace and around tool-use will remain a core component. You will still attend sessions in basic tool use and undertaking activities more relevant to your specialisation. There will still be a need for workshop attendance. 

You may not be able to start Part III without completing ENGGEN 299. Any exemption requests must be supported by documentary evidence of having attended a similar course elsewhere, such as employment in an organisation that provides an equivalent course.

Students in Mechanical, Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering will be required to attend the MIT workshops as per our previous ENGGEN 299 requirements. All other students will complete online modules and a series of workshops at our Auckland and Newmarket campuses over 2021.

You will be automatically enrolled by our Engineering Student Centre into ENGGEN 299 and the Canvas course in 2021, regardless of if you're in our University or MIT-based stream. 

Ongoing information about what ENGEN299 will look like in 2021 will be sent via email explaining the process for your specialisation, and how this will fit into your schedules. We will also include information on this page.

University of Auckland stream

The University of Auckland sessions are for students specialising in:

  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • Software Engineering
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

More information will be available on this page as soon as confirmed.

MIT stream

Students doing Part II in 2021 of the following specialisations must complete their workshop sessions at MIT:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering

Students are offered training in heavier machinery such as Lathes, drilling, and health and safety. You will produce several items over the course of the workshop. The workshops at MIT are run in blocks of over 30 hours in their brand-new facility located next to the Manukau vus and train terminal. Find out about MIT TechPark.

Each block last four days, from 8.30am – 5pm. The following are the available weekly blocks.

Group Days Dates Number of students
BIOMEDICAL Monday –Thursday 25/01/2021 – 28/01/2021 32
BLOCK 1 (MECHATRONICS) Tuesday – Friday 02/02/2021 – 05/02/2021 32
BLOCK 2 (MECHATRONICS) Tuesday – Friday 09/02/2021 – 12/02/2021 16
BLOCK 3 (MECHANICAL) Monday – Thursday 15/02/2021 – 18/02/2021 16
BLOCK 4 (MECHANICAL) Monday – Thursday 22/02/2021 – 25/02/2021 16
BLOCK 5 (MECHANICAL) Monday – Thursday 12/04/2021 – 15/04/2021 32
BLOCK 6 (MECHATRONICS) Monday – Thursday 05/07/2021 – 08/07/2021 32
BLOCK 7 (MECHANICAL) Monday – Thursday 12/07/2021 – 15/07/2021 32
BLOCK 8 (MECHANICAL) Monday – Thursday 06/12/2021 – 09/12/2021 32
BLOCK 9 (MECHATRONICS) Monday – Thursday 13/12/2021 – 16/12/2021 16

Scheduling and booking your MIT sessions for 2021

  • You can enroll in your workshop and view the timetable via our online portal (make sure you're logged into the University of Auckland account to ensure access).
  • MIT students can book a timetable that suits them — these sessions run throughout the semester break or in the evenings so there will be minimal clashes with your lectures and labs.
  • If you miss one of your MIT sessions, you will have to contact them directly to discuss catch-up sessions at technology_administration@manukau.ac.nz. If you're unable to make it to a catch-up session, you will have to email foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz to discuss registering for another available workshop at MIT. We expect all students who are intending to finish Part II this year to complete their ENGGEN 299 requirements, so you'll only be entitled to miss sessions due to circumstances outside your control, such as medical reasons or bereavement. 
  • The MIT stream will cost $95 to cover the cost of loan materials and shoe coverings and overalls for safety around machinery. 

Attending your MIT sessions for 2021

  • You will need to provide a receipt of your payment to the instructor at MIT before you'll be permitted to attend your workshop. No receipt means that you do not have permission to attend.
  • Consider public transit as your first option for travel to MIT. MIT Techpark is easily accessible and within walking distance from the Manukau bus and train session. For more information, refer to Auckland Transport's Journey Planner.
  • Parking at MIT will cost $8 per day.
  • MIT will be supplying loan safety boots and hi-vis overalls. If you wish to purchase your own gear, opt for orange hi-vis overalls and steel-capped safety boots. Lab coats are no longer suitable to wear in the new MIT Techpark.
  • You will need to bring a lock with you if you'd like to use the available lockers to store your personal belongings. You will be directed to them upon arrival.

MIT stream for Part II students prior to 2021

Regardless of your specialisation, if you entered Part II before 2021 you will need to complete the Workshop Sessions at MIT in this year via the following scheduled options:

  • Monthly: two options
    • March: 16 students per session, two nights a week from 5.30 – 9pm
      • Sessions available on the following Mondays and Wednesdays: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 March 2021
    • October: 16 students per session, two nights a week, 5.30 – 9pm
      • Sessions available on the following Mondays and Wednesdays: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 October 2021
The weekend sessions below are now at full capacity and will not be taking anymore students.
  • Weekends: over May and June from 8.30am – 5pm; limited to 16 students per session. You will need to attend all the following sessions:
    • Saturday 8 May
    • Saturday 22 May
    • Saturday 12 June
    • Saturday 19 June

To book your sessions, email foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz.