Mechanical Engineering Trades

Study Mechanical Engineering Trades programmes

Get hands-on skills in welding, machining, and fabrication. Our engineering trades programmes range from introductory level, through to managed apprenticeship.

If you enjoy creating through metalwork, a rewarding career in the engineering trades industry could be for you.


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

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

Learn the introductory skills needed to progress on to an engineering apprenticeship. This programme teaches you how to carry out engineering tasks, and the importance of health and safety. You’ll also get to work on a range of projects, using relevant tools, machinery and materials.

  • Level 3
  • 1 year, full-time

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
  • 3-4 years, part-time

There are no programmes available for your selection. Please try selecting another campus location.

Give yourself credit

Use the knowledge and skills you already have to fast-track your qualification with minimum cost. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses or units can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your future diploma or degree.

Chat to us   Find out more

Domestic CalendarandKeyDates v2

See more about Mechanical Engineering

Our facilities

Gain in-demand mechanical engineering skills in our workshops, where you'll learn to operate equipment currently used by industry.

Our workshops are set up for students to do welding, machining, fabrication and fitting. Our main workshop has a range of equipment, plus there are specialised facilities with CNC machines, lathes, milling machines, surface grinders, cylindrical grinders, and cutter grinders. There are drill presses, a hydraulic press, a 16mm plate guillotine and benches with MIG Tech, arc, and oxyacetylene welding.

Graduate Success Stories


study calculator


Whitireia and WelTec are part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Learn more

Learn with purpose

Explore Te Pūkenga

Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

Copyright © 2024 Te Pūkenga