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Use your problem-solving and technical skills for a career that lets you design, build and repair. 

2020 PROGRAMMES


 

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Construction

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 19 September 2019
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago
  • 1 year
  • Level 3
  • Starts February (Dunedin & Central Otago) and July (Dunedin only)
  • Apply now!

Gain the work-ready skills you need to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision.

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Engineering

Bridging certificate to New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

Now you can start your journey to becoming an engineering technician no matter what your academic background! Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and enable entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

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Trades

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

For those wishing to pursue a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer, this programme provides the perfect next step after studying the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), or equivalent. Graduates will be able to take on senior positions in an automotive workshop. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago (Cromwell)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Dunedin: February; Central Otago: February and July
  • Apply by early December (late applications may be accepted dependent on places)

Learn how to service general automotive systems. This qualification is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4) (Road Transport)*

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin
  • 3.5 years, part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible start
  • Apply anytime

Continue developing your career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry by learning how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. Graduates as a Qualified Automotive Technician with the opportunity to pursue senior positions in a heavy automotive workshop.

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This qualification is designed for those who wish to continue developing their career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry. Gain the industry-specific skills you need to work in a wide range of roles in the motor industry and graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician. This programme is not available to international students.

Introduction to MIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • 5 weeks; 2 nights per week
  • Starts 6 August 2019
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a MIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld the different types of welds.

Introduction to TIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • 5 weeks; 2 nights per week
  • Starts 5 August 2019
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a TIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld different materials.

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago
  • 6 months
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January

Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry. This relatively new qualification provides a blend of online learning and practical block courses held in our fully-equipped workshop to enable you to fit your study around other commitments. In addition, work experience opportunities will allow you to get a great first foot in the door of industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago
  • 6 months
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and August
  • Apply now

If you’re already in the bicycle industry, this is a great opportunity to receive official recognition for your current knowledge and skills - ideal if you’re keen to advance your career! If you aren’t already involved but have some bicycle mechanical skill, this programme will enable you to fill the gaps in your knowledge so you are industry ready.