Explore your options

Fabrication and welding isn’t something you can learn from a book. That’s why workshop projects and working with the latest technology are a big part of the fabrication and welding courses at Unitec.

You’ll spend lots of time in the workshops using modern machinery. You’ll be using MIG, TIG and arc welders, plasma cutters, CAD software, profile cutters, rollers, press brakes and folders. You’ll learn how to safely join or fuse sheet metals and get the skills to design and cut out various materials. Once you feel confident, you can work with real industry fabricators and welders to create fully fitted trailers and other manufacturing tasks.

You’ll be fully supervised by our expert staff. They have deep 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 our 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 OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering31 year full time. Part time options available.Apprentice welding, fabricator, Apprentice mechanical engineerFebruary or July

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)This 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)This 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 WeldingThis 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)This 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)This 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 WeldingThis 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)This 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 16 to 40, and you want to train as a fabricator or welder, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. You will need to cover any additional course costs.

Find out more about the Māori and Pacific Trades Scholarships.