Industrial Management and Innovation

The majors within the IMI cluster provide the students with an excellent basis in engineering, complemented with industrial management, quality assurance, and marketing and innovation practice. Significant emphasis is placed on innovative problem solving within an industrial context.

Studying Industrial Management and Innovation

The future of our companies and our country rely on innovative manufacturing and product development practices. Successful innovation demands the understanding and integration of a wide range of inputs. The majors within the IMI cluster provide the students with an excellent basis in engineering, complemented with industrial management, quality assurance, and marketing and innovation practice. Significant emphasis is placed on innovative problem solving within an industrial context.

Programmes

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Graduate Diploma in Technology
Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology
Graduate Diploma in quality systems
Postgraduate Diploma in Quality Systems
Master of Quality Systems

Majors

IMI has one major founded on innovation management:
Product Development

Career Opportunities

Graduates in Industrial Management & Innovation are highly sought after because of their ability to work effectively across a range of engineering and business activities. They are found in a wide range of positions including product design and development, quality management, brand management, project management and operations management.

Staff

Introducing Maurice Tipene

When you live on a farm, miles from anywhere and your tractor won’t start, it’s either, fix it or have to call in the experts at high cost. Maurice Tipene, fourth year Massey School of Engineering student was always the man on the job, working on his parents’ farm in Motatau . He quickly learnt how to repair almost everything, from milking machines to tractors and diggers.

He says these everyday issues on the farm had a big influence on the direction he took at university.

“I learnt I could do anything if I really want to and that’s the attitude I still have.”

It’s the kind of independence and ingenuity that inspired Maurice to explore the engineering world, to see where else his skills could be developed. A Massey scholarship helped send him on his way to university and now in his fourth year of comprehensive study, he will soon be looking at the many directions the Bachelor of Engineering degree can take him.

  “I chose product development because it was more about making products for the end user rather then making something that kind of works but isn't functional in the end users sense.”

Maurice says it was about putting a range of disciplines (design, mechanics, electronics etc) together to create something great and it also allowed him to improve his designs, think about ergonomics and not just make a "one off" product.

 “The project I'm working on this year is an improvement on a product made from a mechatronics student last year, the project worked for what they were trying to do but was never intended to be used by the consumer, that’s where I come in (product development) to make it a useable product.”

  This project is a weight lifting machine that will not use weights and is electronically controlled. Maurice says it will be a lot safer than machines in the gym as there is no need for a spotter.
“You wont be able to drop the weights on yourself, that’s all I can say, the rest is confidential!”

 When Maurice graduates, he says he sees the degree potentially opening many doors, and hopes one of them might involve travel

“I’m waiting for something to jump out at me that looks like an interesting journey. I guess I could say it would include something to do with product development overall, but I’m going to pursue something that I like, and not just do it for the sake of things.”

 

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