Mr Jim Hefkey

ME, Manufacturing Systems; DipBus, Engineering Management


Jim Hefkey is the director of the Auckland Programme for Space Systems – an undergraduate program that challenges students from all disciplines to identify and solve a problem using satellites. CubeSat’s being built from this programme will be launched into orbit through New Zealand’s own launch provider.

He currently holds the position of Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland and has been part of a team working with University and Government to establish the Space Systems Institute for NZ. As well as his space related activities he lectures in Engineering Systems, Technology Management and Engineering Management.

He holds an M.E. in Manufacturing Systems, a postgraduate Business Qualification in Engineering Management and a postgraduate Teaching Qualification in Academic Practice. Beginning his career in Canada before moving to New Zealand he has forty years’ engineering experience in manufacturing, automation and machine design. A business owner for ten years, the services he provides to industry include designing automation machinery, productivity improvements, design for manufacture, and design for competitive advantage.


Director, Auckland Programme for Space Systems

UNISEC-Global, New Zealand POC

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SECURITY - Bldg 409
Level G, Room G21
New Zealand