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Introduction into MIG Welding

This micro-credential will enable students to learn how to apply basic MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding processes to industry standards and practice.


This practical hands-on micro-credential is ideal for anyone who has no or very little MIG welding knowledge or experience and also for those wanting a refresher in this specific type of welding. The programme is designed to introduce learners to welding theory, how to set up the equipment, and health and safety. With the majority of time spent on practical welding, learners will inspect welds for defects and quality.

Programme Highlight

After completing this programme, you could be able to enter into an apprenticeship or seek employment in the associated welding/engineering profession or go on further engineering study in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (NZCME) Level 3 full-time programme. Students will gain credits toward the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards and receive a Unitec Certificate of Attendance.

In this programme, you will learn about

Safety precautions and practice, set-up and use of equipment, material preparation, theory, and practical practice. Apply welding process to safely weld joints in accordance with industry standards and practice. Identify and repair welding defects in accordance with industry standards and practice.

Topics include

  • Safety
  • Equipment
  • Process
  • Material
  • Quality assurance

Porogramme details

Entry requirement 

To be eligible for admission to this micro-credential, all applicants must:

  • Be 16 years of age on the date of the commencement of this micro-credential, or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form,
  • Have a minimum of three years of secondary education or equivalent.

English Language Requirements:
A minimum of eight credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

If English is not your first language, you will also need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency, such as IELTS
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

More information on these requirements is available on the NZQA website

Please note: To apply to this programme you must be a New Zealand citizen/resident


No Fee* under TTAF

(*As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to help upskill workers in roles critical to the economy, this micro-credential has no fees* until 31of December 2022. Click here for a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.)

Class Schedule

This is a 10-week programme

Venue details

  • Location: Building 307-1064, Mataaho, Unitec Institute of Technology, Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland.
  • Start Date: 27th of July every Wednesday and Thursday for 10 weeks
  • Time: 5.00 PM to 8.30 PM

How to apply

To apply for this micro-credential, please click “Apply Now” below.

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Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.