Mechanical Engineering Trades

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Get hands-on skills in welding, machining and fabrication. Our mechanical engineering programmes range from introductory level, through to managed apprenticeship, there is something for everyone. If you enjoy creating through metalwork, a rewarding career in the mechanical engineering industry is for you.
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MIG and TIG Introduction

This programme is perfect for hobbyists and people who are looking to learn and practice welding and cutting skills. Create personalised projects while getting the opportunity to use our facilities, all while refining welding skills.

  • Level 3
  • 12 weeks, one night per week
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New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

Study mechanical engineering and learn from the industries best. Get the skills to build, maintain and operate mechanical engineering equipment. Learn about maintenance fitting, welding fitting and turning, sheet metal work and fabrication. After qualifying you can then proceed on to an apprenticeship to become a fully qualified mechanical engineer.

  • Level 3
  • 1 year, full-time
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New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction

Build on your already extensive mechanical engineering skills. This apprenticeship programme allows you to study while continuing to work with your employer. Specialise in fabrication processes and become a fully qualified mechanical engineer.

  • Level 4

NCEA (Level 2) - Vocational Pathway Manufacturing and Technology Sector

Sample a range of skills within the automotive and mechanical engineering industries, while gaining NCEA Level 2 at the same time. Students will learn about engines, brake systems, machining, panel and paint, metalwork and fastening. Learn how to safely use and maintain tools, make calculations and choose materials to complete projects. After completing this programme, students can then go on to study their trade of choice.

  • Level 2
  • 17 weeks, full-time