Welding and Fabrication
The building industry without welding? Or cars or ships? Impossible. Welding and fabrication are essential for many industries. You find welders and fabrication engineers in automotive workshops, construction companies, boat or ship builders, and engineering companies. They work on bridge construction and for heavy machinery contractors. Even on airplanes. Many of them set up their own business. And you can also use your welding certificate as a passport to overseas travel.
Welding isn’t something you can learn from a book. You need to try it out for yourself. Study at the Department of Transport Technology and you will. Of course you’ll learn the theory, but there are lots of workshop projects too. You’ll spend many hours in our workshops, equipped with modern machinery like metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welders, plasma cutters, profile cutters and manual metal arc welders. There’s also the chance to develop your basic skills using simulation welders before working with real industry welders. Once you feel confident, you’ll create fully fitted trailers and other components, with help from our expert staff. Hire companies eagerly buy these products each year.
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 in our welding and fabrication programme is exactly what you’ll need for your future career.
Welding and Fabrication programmes
To prepare yourself for an apprenticeship:
Professional development short courses:
- Manual Metal Arc Welding (Introduction)
- Manual Metal Arc Welding (Intermediate)
- MIG Welding (Introduction)
- TIG Welding (Introduction)
- MIG Welding (Intermediate)
- AS/NZS 2980 Certified Arc Welding
- AS/NZS 2980Certified MIG Welding
Last edited: 04 September 2012