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Building Construction and Services

In the Building, Construction and Services Practice Pathway Group we offer a range of study options to suit everyone from school leavers to those already working in the industry. We teach a range of programmes in Construction, Building Technology and Plumbing and Gasfitting with a practical teaching approach which reflects what it’s like to work on real jobs. Our staff are well-connected in New Zealand and overseas, with many either currently working on live projects or have extensive industry experience.

Practice Pathway overview

Unitec’s programmes in Construction, Building Technology and Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying ensure our students are well-equipped to move straight into the workforce.

With our Building Technology programmes students who study building will learn the plumbing, plastering, painting and joinery skills to kick-start their career. Those who study carpentry will get the chance to help build new houses on campus which are then sold to the public. 

In Construction programmes, we give students the skills and knowledge to run building projects of all sizes. The Bachelor of Construction was the first programme of its type in New Zealand and is accredited internationally.

With our Plumbing and Gasfitting programmes, our staff supervise students as they work in the hydraulics lab, gas lab, welding and sheet metal workshops. They also have the opportunity to work on the relocatable houses which Unitec carpentry students build on campus.

We work closely with the big players in the industry which allows us to offer a range of programmes that provide a strong pathway into employment after study. Many of our students work while they study too, which enhances their study and solidifies industry relationships.

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Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Allied Trades 3 Full-time for 6 months Assistant tradesperson
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Carpentry 3 Full-time for 1 year Assistant tradesperson, Apprentice carpenter, Journeyman
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Joinery 3 24 weeks full-time Assistant tradesperson, Assistant Joiner, Apprentice carpenter, Assistant builder
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying 3 25 weeks full-time Apprentice Plumber, Apprentice Gasfitter, Apprentice Drainlayer
New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry 4 Part time over 4 years. You must be in full time employment. Qualified carpenter
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) 4 Full-time for 6 months, or part-time options available Business Owners/Operators, Construction Assistant, Construction Co-ordinator, Contract administrator, Assistant Project Manager
New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying 4 Part-time for up to 2 years Tradesman Drainlayer
New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting 4 Part-time for up to 4 years Tradesman Gasfitter
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing 4 4 years part-time Tradesman Plumber
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) 5 Part-time Main Contract Supervisor, Business Owners/Operators
New Zealand Diploma in Construction 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Construction Management technician, Quantity surveyor
New Zealand Diploma in Surveying 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options can be negotiated. Surveyor, Engineering surveyor, Survey project manager, Tunnelling and mining surveyor, CAD operator
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Construction quantity surveyor, Consultant quantity surveyor, Commercial manager, Project manager, Property financial adviser
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Construction site manager, Project manager, Project planner, Property developer
Bachelor of Construction (Property Development) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time. Commercial property manager, Company owner, Project manager, Property consultant, Property developer
Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management 7 Full-time for three semesters (including 2 x 2-week block courses per semester) Site manager, Project manager, Construction manager

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