Darren Gear - Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical)

Learner Stories
7 December 2023
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Darren Gear completed his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) in 12 months, and is now encouraging others to consider studying with Capable NZ.

Do it, don’t procrastinate – just get on and make the commitment,” he says. “I assure you that you will not regret the decision.”

As HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Manager at Simx in Auckland, Darren first heard about Capable NZ on the radio. He was immediately interested due to “two obvious benefits”.

“The first was being able to complete the studies in a shortened timeframe due to my level of experience, whilst maintaining my current employment without having to take a reduction in working hours,” he explains.

“The second benefit – and probably most important to me – was being able to successfully maintain a balance between work, study and family commitments.

Darren has been involved in the HVAC industry since 1989 and holds a variety of diplomas and certificates linked to the trade. He also holds a Master of Business Administration.

“My core reason for completing my Engineering degree was to lend further credence to my knowledge, and to demonstrate to my peers that I deserve to be classed as a practising engineer.” 

He describes his study experience as “extremely positive”, though he notes that reflective learning was a new experience for him.

“It took a bit of getting used to initially – however once you progress, it becomes easier and enables you to remember and reflect on what has transpired throughout your career.”

The process was so beneficial, Darren says he plans to complete a Doctor of Professional Practice with Capable NZ in the future. 

“Capable NZ enabled me to complete my degree on my own terms and essentially at my own pace. This has equipped me with a level of confidence that I did not possess before.”