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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 programmes 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
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering||3||Full-time for 1 year||Apprentice mechanical engineer, Apprentice welding, fabricator||February or July|
Māori and Pacific scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and you're interested in pre-trades training in mechanical engineering, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades Training scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.
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.