Otago Polytechnic

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CONSTRUCTION

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Gain the skills you need to pursue a career in architecture design and the building industry. Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or for further study if you want to become an Architect or Interior Architect. In addition, this programme will enable you to develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment.

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

  • Dunedin and Auckland (Auckland - international students only)
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
  • Apply until start date

Take a leading edge with a professional career in construction. Qualified construction professionals are in high demand and this qualification will give you what you need to take an active, lead role in the changing world of construction. In addition to gaining the technical, work-ready skills to price and manage construction work, you will also be able to challenge the status quo to improve processes and drive efficiencies - skills highly sought-after by employees.

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

  • Dunedin and Central
  • 3.5-4 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply now

Want to become a carpenter, site supervisor, building project manager, construction firm owner or self-employed builder? Learn from professionals and gain sought after skills with a carpentry apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic and Industry Training Association Building (ITAB).

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago
  • 1 year
  • Level 3
  • Starts February (Dunedin & Central Otago) and July (Dunedin only)
  • Apply now!

Gain the work-ready skills you need to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision.

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

  • Dunedin Campus or Mosgiel Community Learning Centre*
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 2
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Get a taste of what tertiary learning is all about and gain essential skills for study and work! Whatever your background, you can start somewhere. This foundation level programme is a great option if you want to re-engage with study and gain confidence and ability in literacy, numeracy and digital competency. You can study in either a general study or work context. The work context includes practical workshops and community based experiences.

New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry)

  • Central Otago or Manukau Campus in Auckland (through Future Skills Academy)
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

There is a strong demand nationally and internationally for people who can veneer houses in stone and build stone features, and we can help you become a specialist in this field. Through extensive practical training and work experience, this programme will give you the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised as a stonemason.

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This programme offers you the chance to improve your study skills and prepare for higher level learning or employment. It includes either a general study context or a work context. Along with improving your reading, writing, presenting and computer skills, you will also gain valuable employability skills such as CV and interview preparation, and how to write a cover letter. Depending on the course you choose, this programme offers practical workshops and community volunteering opportunities.

New Zealand Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • 2 years (alongside full-time employment)
  • Level 6
  • Starts January 2019
  • Apply now

Are you employed in a Building Surveying environment and need to gain this qualification to meet regulations? In partnership with Future Skills, BOINZ and Skills, we are offering you the chance to complete this qualification whilst in employment. This programme is only open to those engaged in Building Consenting Authority employment (or an equivalent environment) who need to gain this qualification to meet Regulation 18 of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying)

  • Dunedin or Auckland
  • 2 years full-time (four years part-time study available in Dunedin only)
  • Level 6
  • Starts February (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
  • Apply anytime for Auckland intake; applications reopen mid-year for our 2019 Dunedin intake

Want to join a team of construction professionals to see the realisation of commercial or residential construction projects? This new qualification is suitable for candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds including school leavers. It has been developed in consultation with employers and industrial, academic and professional bodies to ensure graduates are highly competent and industry-ready.

OSTC Building and Construction (Level 2)

  • Dunedin and Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Are you someone who likes to plan projects and build things? If so, this programme would be ideal for you. You’ll be working towards the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (Level 2).

OSTC Building and Construction (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Balclutha
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Do you like building things? Then our Construction Skills course could be for you! You will spend most of the time working on a building site and you'll be part of a team constructing a building from start to finish – learning many skills along the way!

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ENGINEERING

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Learn engineering theory and the applied and practical skills required to work in a wide range of industries, and gain a deep understanding of your area of specialisation through an industry-based project. Mechanical, Civil and Electrical specialties available.

Bridging certificate to New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

Now you can start your journey to becoming an engineering technician no matter what your academic background! Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and enable entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts February
  • Apply from May

Are you a 16-19 year old and feel that school wasn't right for you? Study this hands-on Youth Guarantee programme and you will gain crucial skills for your future and pay no fees (conditions apply)!

Certificate in Electric Vehicle Battery Maintenance

  • Dunedin with online learning and workshops
  • 6 months part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts 4 February 2019
  • Apply now

Charge up your knowledge on Electric Vehicle (EV) battery diagnosis and repair. This part-time, NZQA-approved Certificate has been designed to give you strong foundation knowledge in safe workplace practices for EVs, EV battery diagnosis and EV battery repair. Made up of face-to-face tutorials, online interactive content, practical workshops and three assessments, learning is flexible to fit around your work commitments and lifestyle.

Engineering Maths Summer School

  • Dunedin
  • Four weeks (Mon: 12.30pm-3.30pm; Tues-Thurs: 9.00am-3.30pm; Fri: 9.00am-12.00pm)
  • Level 3
  • Starts January 2019
  • Apply now

Need to get your NCEA Level 2 maths so you can apply for our engineering diplomas? No problem. This new Engineering Maths short course has been developed to give you that chance. Successful completion will provide you with the Maths requirement you need to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

Introduction to MIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • 5 weeks; 2 nights per week
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a MIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld the different types of welds.

Introduction to TIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • 5 weeks; 2 nights per week
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a TIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld different materials.

Master of Design Enterprise

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now!

Want to develop the ability to provide design and design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise? Engage in industry-based research tailored to suit your particular needs.

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

For those wishing to pursue a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer, this programme provides the perfect next step after studying the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), or equivalent. Graduates will be able to take on senior positions in an automotive workshop. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago (Cromwell)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply by early December (late applications may be accepted dependent on places)

Learn how to service general automotive systems. This qualification is designed for people who are beginning a career in the industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago
  • 6 months
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and August
  • Apply now

If you’re already in the bicycle industry, this is a great opportunity to receive official recognition for your current knowledge and skills - ideal if you’re keen to advance your career! If you aren’t already involved but have some bicycle mechanical skill, this programme will enable you to fill the gaps in your knowledge so you are industry ready.

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago
  • 6 months
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January

Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry. This relatively new qualification provides a blend of online learning and practical block courses held in our fully-equipped workshop to enable you to fit your study around other commitments. In addition, work experience opportunities will allow you to get a great first foot in the door of industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Want to enter the electrical industry but not sure where to start? This project-based qualification will provide you with the skills to enter employment in non-registration areas of this industry such as electrical security, appliance servicing and automation. Alternatively, if you want to become an electrician, this is the ideal pre-apprentice preparation.

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin and in your workplace
  • Four years (apprenticeship, weekly night class, additional one week block courses and some self-directed study)
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply now

Gain the skills and knowledge to work independently as a commercially competent electrician. This programme is studied in conjunction with an apprenticeship so is ideal for candidates who are training in the workplace and your employer will enrol you in the qualification. It includes the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) electrical theory and regulations exams which is required for registration as an electrician. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to apply to the EWRB for registration.

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This qualification is designed for those who wish to continue developing their career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry. Gain the industry-specific skills you need to work in a wide range of roles in the motor industry and graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This hands-on qualification is designed for people already working in the mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing and fabrication industries — or for people who would like to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering these industries.

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil Engineering)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Develop a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of civil engineering processes and theory, and an ability to apply your learning in a practical and innovative way.

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical Engineering)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Develop a sound knowledge, understanding and practical appreciation of electrical engineering processes and theory, and an ability to apply your learning in a practical and innovative way.

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Want to become a skilled and competent mechanical engineering technician? This programme will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering processes and theory.

OSTC Automotive (Motor Industry) (Level 2)

  • Dunedin and Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

If you’re interested in vehicles and enjoy working with your hands, fixing things and making them go, then you’ll be well suited to the motor industry.

OSTC Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3)

  • Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

If you’re keen on cycling, hands-on work and fixing things, then bicycle mechanics could be the perfect career for you. You’ll be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3).

OSTC Introduction to Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Are you interested in engineering? This course will give you experience in many aspects of engineering. You'll learn engineering theory in the classroom and engineering skills, designing and constructing your own projects, in the Otago Polytechnic engineering workshops.

WOF inspectors training course

  • Dunedin
  • 2.5 days
  • Starts 4-6 March 2019
  • Apply now

Are you a mechanic who wants to become a WOF inspector? This new course is designed to train staff to carry out the vehicle inspection process correctly and to gain a firm grasp of the inspection requirements. Participants will also learn how to navigate their way around the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM).