Electrical Trades

Study an Electrical Trade at Otago Polytechnic and gain the skills you need for a career as a qualified Electrician. You’ll be taught how to install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and electrical or electronic equipment through our practical, real-world way of learning.

Subject Hero Electrical Trades

An electrical trades qualification from Otago Polytechnic will arm you with a solid understanding of safe electrical installation, testing commissioning and servicing of electrical equipment.

The best thing about Electrical Trades at Otago Polytechnic is our apprenticeship pathway. This allows you to work in the electrical industry as an employee under supervision as part of your studies. Upon completion, you’ll also have the option to pathway into an Engineering Technology qualification, which can take you in a different direction entirely.

Electrical Trades qualifications

Construction

This is an entry-level qualification that can help you enter the electrical industry in a non-registration field, such as electronic security, appliance servicing and automation. Springboard off this qualification into an electrical apprenticeship (level 4), should you wish to become an electrician.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Appliance Servicing, Electrician (with further qualification), Electronics Support

Engineering

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. During this programme, you will learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair electrical and electronics faults in a range of vehicles.

Duration

42 Months

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Cromwell, Dunedin

Career potential

Automotive Electrical Engineer

Engineering

Gain the skills and knowledge to work independently as an Electrician. Studied in conjunction with an apprenticeship, this programme is an ideal way to earn as you learn. 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 qualification, you will can apply to the EWRB for registration.

Duration

4 Years

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Registered Electrician

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

“Every day is different. It’s great to work in an industry where there is demand for my skills.”

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