Bevin White

Graduate Bevin White New Zealand Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Making Things Work

There have been many marvels of engineering to celebrate, but perhaps none so greatly anticipated as the Jetpack. From James Bond to The Rocketeer, we’ve all seen the technology represented on the silver screen, but in real-life the Jetpack has had mixed success. Kiwi-based company Martin Jetpack is on a mission to change that.

Toi Ohomai (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) graduate Bevin White has just landed his dream job with the Christchurch technology company as an Engineering Technician. With the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) under his tool belt, Bevin was snapped up by Martin Jetpack soon after graduation. 

Originally from Whakatane, Bevin says he has always been interested in engines and machinery and the underlying physics that makes them work.

"As a kid I would always take my toys apart – sometimes they’d go back together, sometimes not," laughs Bevin.

Spending two years at the Institution was a new challenge for Bevin, who’d previously been in the NZ Navy. "I found the quality of the teaching staff to be of a very high standard. I loved studying there. They have small class sizes and an engaging atmosphere."

At Martin Jetpack Bevin works with a small team of engineers who are responsible for the maintenance and development of the engine and drivetrain assemblies in the Jetpacks. Though, he doesn’t fly them himself yet, it’s definitely on Bevin’s to-do list once he has the proper licence.

While still under development, the commercial Jetpack is well on its way to commercialisation, the first model intended to be a 'first responder' vehicle, designed to aid emergency services such as search and rescue, fire service, even surf lifesaving. Following this, the company will work on developing a jetpack for leisure and personal use.

When asked what the future holds for him, this bright young technician is betting on the innovative Jetpack company:

"Martin Jetpack have huge ambitions and exciting prospects for the future so I imagine I’ll be here for a while yet!"