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

Trades and Pre-trades

If you want to become an electrician, this is the ideal pre-apprenticeship preparation. It will give you the knowledge and basic practical skills you need to enter the profession as a first-year apprentice.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

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

Trades and Pre-trades

If you are Māori or Pasifika, are 16-40 years old, and want to learn and earn in a practical, hands-on environment, consider our He Toki pathway. With He Toki, you'll be supported to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3) with a unique learning experience that has te reo, tikaka and mentorship at its heart.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

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

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 can apply to the EWRB for registration.

Duration

4 Years Full-time

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Registered Electrician

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.

If you start this programme in 2022, your tuition fees will be funded until 31 December 2022 due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF).

Duration

42 Months Full-time

Delivery

Studied alongside an apprenticeship

Location

Cromwell, Dunedin

Career potential

Automotive Electrical Engineer

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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