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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
  • Seek employment in the associated welding/engineering profession
  • Go on further engineering study in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (NZCME) Level 3 full-time programme.
  • Gain credits toward the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards
  • Receive a Unitec Certificate of Attendance
  • This leads to an internationally recognized qualification 
  • Gain exposure to different technology in metalworks

In this programme, you will learn about

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

Topics include

  • Safety
  • Equipment
  • Process
  • Material
  • Quality assurance

Programme 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


$473.40 (incl GST)

Please note: This micro-credentials programme is not covered by Studylink for loans and allowances. However, please visit the Funding your study page to learn how to fund your study.

Class Schedule

This is a 10 weeks programme and the Class start date 24th of May, every Wednesday from 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM


How to apply

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

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(Kindly note a minimum number of enrolments (10) is applicable, then Unitec reserves the right to cancel the class. Should this occur, you will be notified ahead of the closure. Before making travel or accommodation arrangements, please ensure your course is running)

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