A passion for engineering management thanks to NMIT

A passion for engineering management thanks to NMIT

In 2015 Saluka Liyanagunawardane began to consider transitioning out of his long career in the Air Force to a more commercial role.
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Saluka Liyanagunawardane (right) in his role as Aviation Quality and Safety Manager for NMIT

However, he didn’t want to abandon his passion for aviation engineering and management.

For seventeen years Squadron Leader Saluka enjoyed a variety of roles in the Sri Lankan Air Force including as an engineering manager, quality manager and maintenance engineer.

While he was considering a move from Sri Lanka to New Zealand, Saluka came across the NMIT website which provided a pathway for him to complete his transition to New Zealand through the Master of Applied Management course.

Saluka says after doing some research, the benefits of studying at NMIT become very clear to him.
“There was a combination of factors which made me choose NMIT—recognised qualification, having five intakes throughout the year streamlined my recruitment, the courses were affordable, they were very comprehensive in comparison to other tertiary providers in New Zealand, and the weather here assumed hard to resist, I love the sunshine!”

Saluka says the 15-month long Master of Applied Management course was great as it allowed him to up skill by bridging any gaps in his knowledge.
“The tutors encouraged me to reflect on my past managerial experience in the Air Force and how I could apply that to the commercial sector,” he says.

After he graduated Saluka was recruited as the Aviation Quality and Safety Manager for NMIT. His skills and in-depth knowledge made him the perfect choice for such a specialised role which t requires an incredible eye for detail and safety.

Having someone of Saluka’s calibre step into the role is of great value not only to NMIT but also any future learners.

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