Babcock Intern Profile

Meet Babcock at the 2019 CDES Internship Career Expo on 1 August!

Mandeep Singh

  • University of Auckland graduate
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Mechatronics Engineering

What is like working for Babcock and was it what you expected or was it different?
Babcock New Zealand operates in a highly dynamic environment at the Devonport Naval Base. The company provides asset management, maintenance services and technical engineering support to the Royal New Zealand Navy and commercial customers.

Working at the Centre of Engineering (CoE) was a lot different than I originally expected, especially coming from a product development background. At the CoE, Design Leads (you) would see yourself taking a project from its initial stage of research and investigation, through to concept/detail design, followed by testing and then evaluation. Throughout the project’s lifecycle, you’ll be exposed to the various aspects of project management, e.g. time, cost, risk and communication management. Fundamentally I was exposed to the entire spectrum of the project.

One of the most exciting and challenging aspect of the project that I found was during the initial stages - research and investigation. It allows me to get out and about to the ships to inspect the problem, liaise with various stakeholders, and develop ideas and solutions.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship?
Internships played a major part in my career development; it provided a stepping stone into the industry and allowed an understanding of the workings of the commercial environment. This is not to say that an internship must be entirely focused on the area of study, because each environment is different. The skills and knowledge gained from one environment will be applicable to another, especially soft skills; soft skills are the interpersonal attributes that are not learned through studying but rather through experience, and are highly transferable.

During my university years, I was interning as an event-coordinator where I was involved in organising, planning and executing events around New Zealand. At that point of time, I could not see how this would benefit myself into being a more competent engineer. 5 years down the line, these skills (listening and negotiating, flexibility and adaptability to scenarios, decision making and attentiveness) that were much overlooked, are now aiding me in my career progression.

To sum it up regardless of the business or environment you get involved in, remember that career development is a lifelong growth cycle and internships provide that early headway.

“Success is not a destination of one large step, it’s a journey of small tiny steps”.