31 year-old John Marshall is married with three kids. From the age of 16 he had always wanted to be an electrician, but he didn’t decide to pursue electrical engineering study until he was working as a self-employed Sky contractor in New Plymouth and clients started asking him if he could fix their electrical problems while he was there.
He studied the Certificate in Electrical Technology (Level 4) and then gained employment working for a local electrician. This position enabled John to begin his electrical apprenticeship.
“I’m now a Level 4 electrical apprentice and that leaves me with about six to 12 months to go doing my regulations exam and theory exam.”
John has recently changed jobs and now works at Aotea Electric as a telecommunications technical assistant. Although this is a different branch of electrical work, Aotea Electric is keen to support John to complete his apprenticeship.
John describes the Otago Polytechnic course as being good but a bit of an eye-opener. “I’m glad I got into this field through Otago Polytechnic. By far it is best way to do it. The practical learning skills were the best. I wouldn’t have become an electrician if it wasn’t for the course as it would have taken too long.”
The Certificate in Electrical Technology (Level 4) as a pathway to employment in the electrical industry has been replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3).