Explore your options

Welding isn’t something you can learn from a book. That’s why workshop projects and virtual welding technology are a big part of the welding courses at Unitec.

You’ll spend lots of time in the workshops using modern machinery like MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters, profile cutters and manual metal arc welders. You’ll learn how to safely join or fuse sheet metals and get the skills to design and cut out material. Once you feel confident, you can work with real industry welders to create fully fitted trailers and other components.

You’ll be fully supervised by our expert staff. They have lots of experience in the industry and make sure you stay up-to-date with changes in technology, materials and regulations. It’s one of the reasons that hire companies eagerly buy the products that students make each year.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONS
Certificate in Applied Technology (Welding and Fabrication)4Full-time for one yearHeavy/light fabrication engineer, Welder

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short coursesDURATION 
Tig Welding (Introduction)1 month, 8 daysThis practical hands-on short course provides an introduction to TIG welding for students with little or no welding experience, and leads on to a recognised industry standard.
Mig Welding (Introduction)1 month, 8 daysThis practical hands-on short course provides an introduction to MIG welding for students with little or no welding experience, and leads on to a recognised industry standard.
AS/NZS 2980 Certified Arc Welding1 month, 12 daysThis practical hands-on short course is designed for students seeking certification as an arc welder and who have completed the Manual Metal Arc Welding intermediate course, or those who have...
Manual Metal Arc Welding (Intermediate)1 month, 6 daysThis practical hands-on short course is designed for students who have completed the Manual Metal Arc Welding (Introduction) course, or those who have prior experience in basic arc welding.
Manual Metal Arc Welding (Introduction)1 month, 8 daysThis practical hands-on short course provides an introduction to arc welding for students with little or no welding experience, and leads on to a recognised industry standard.
AS/NZS 2980 Certified MIG Welding1 month, 12 daysThis practical hands-on short course is designed for students seeking certification as a MIG welder and who have completed the MIG Welding intermediate course, or those who have equivalent practical...
MIG Welding (Intermediate)1 month, 8 daysThis practical hands-on short course is designed for students who have completed the introductory MIG Welding course, or those who have prior experience in basic arc welding.

Industry connections

We’re a member of the Heavy Engineering Research Association of New Zealand (HERA), the industry organisation for metal industries like welding. There are many industry experts on our advisory committee too. They make sure that what you learn is exactly what you’ll need for your career.

Māori and Pacific scholarships

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, and you want to train as a welder or fabricator, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have 70 Māori and Pacific Trades Scholarships up for grabs which cover your tuition fees for selected Certificate in Applied Technology programmes. You will need to cover any additional course costs.

Find out more about the Māori and Pacific Trades Scholarships.