Do you have what it takes to become an Engineer?

ICI is committed to providing an enriching environment that supports students in obtaining practical and worthwhile experiences in their professional field.  ICI offers an Internship Program starting in 2022 for tertiary students with backgrounds as: Engineering, Finance, Administration, Planning & Project Management.  You will experience different aspects of work within their area of interest and be responsible for work allocated by their direct Supervisor.  

Maruia Willie has a Bachelor’s degrees (Hons) in Civil Engineering. After a 4 year degree, Maruia graduated as an Engineer in 2017. In her class, the ratio of males to females was 70:30. She attended Tereora College in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and studied English, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Graphics Design and Accounting.  Maruia is a Graduate Civil Engineer at ICI from 2019 to present.  She has been at ICI for 3 years and was a recipient of a Cook Islands Government Scholarship. 

Maruia is a firm believer that “women can do anything”.  We encourage both men and women to study Engineering.  If Maruia can do it, so can you!

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What do Civil Engineers do?
Civil engineering focuses on structures that serve the public such as transportation systems, water treatment, government buildings, public facilities such as airports and other large-scale projects that benefit the public. A civil engineer must be able to design safe structures in various locations. In terms of transportation, civil engineers build bridges, tunnels, traffic interchanges, and other structures that are designed to facilitate the smooth, even flow of traffic.

Some of the subspecialties in civil engineering are environmental engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, materials engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering, and water resource engineering.

What do Structural Engineers do?
Structural engineers are specialists in design, construction, repair, conversion, and conservation. They are concerned with all aspects of a structure and its stability and safety. Structural engineering is considered a subspecialty of civil engineering. Structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside other engineering disciplines to create all kinds of structures, from houses, theaters, sports
stadiums, and hospitals, to bridges, oil rigs, and space satellites. They also consider the aesthetics of the site and the community in which it will be built. 

What makes Engineers Superhuman?

ICI have some of the best Engineers in the Cook Islands, if not in the Pacific Region.  They work on incredible projects and are more than just planners and doers, they’re also “imagineers”, people who see and create things out of nothing.  If you are interested in becoming a Superhuman too, here are some of the  characteristics that make good engineers including:

Analytical: Engineers must be able to evaluate situations, consider options, and determine how to make things work effectively. This includes finding ways to build better bridges at lower costs, improving traffic flow, and installing utility systems that will last a long time.

Detail-oriented: Engineering projects are made up of countless details. A tiny oversight could lead to calamity. They must understand how the smallest parts of a project work and connect with each other to create sound, stable, and safe structures.

An excellent communicator: Engineers interact with countless people every day, explaining complex concepts in ways everyone can understand.

Curious: The field of engineering is changing all the time. Engineers must be open to exploring different options and learning new things.

Creative: Great bridges and other structures don’t just happen. Engineers imagine and design them. It takes a lot of creativity to develop amazing structures like the Avarua Bridge, Pa Enua Airports etc.

A logical thinker: Engineers must take it to the next level and use logic to pull all the pieces together to bring their ideas to life.

Good with numbers: Every building project is backed up by math. Engineers do complex calculations to ensure structures can withstand gravity and other powerful forces.

A problem solver: Design projects involve solving problems. Bridge engineers have to figure out how to move traffic from one side of a natural or manmade barrier to the other and ensure a structure can withstand forces like cyclones, all while making sure the bridge is attractive and enhances its natural environment.

A team player: It takes many people to build and maintain bridges. Being able to interact with all personality types is critical for success.

Tech savvy: Engineers utilize complex computer software every day. Being technologically literate is a requirement for the job.