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Are you a hands-on problem solver and a lateral thinker? Like to build, make and fix things? Develop your technical and practical skills for a career in the trades. Trades have been included in the government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which means some of these programmes are fully funded until 2022.

 

Automotive trades

New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time alongside employment
  • Level 3
  • Starts - flexible dates available
  • Apply anytime

Become a fully-competent and highly capable heavy vehicle licence holder. This hands-on programme will ensure you gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge beyond the required standard for those of a heavy vehicle licence holder. Graduate with the ability to join the road transport industry in a range of employment contexts as a heavy rigid vehicle or heavy combination vehicle operator.

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin or Cromwell
  • Two years
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime - email EngTrades@op.ac.nz

Ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace, this programme provides is a great option for those wishing to pursue a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer. Plus, you’ll be able to study for free due to the Government’s Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund. 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 Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4) (Road Transport) or (Plant and Equipment) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin
  • Three and a half years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts - flexible start
  • Apply anytime - email EngTrades@op.ac.nz

Continue developing your career in the automotive industry by learning how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults that are commonly encountered on heavy vehicles. This programme is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. Plus, you’ll be able to study for free due to the Government’s Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund. Graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician with the opportunity to pursue senior positions in a heavy automotive workshop.

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin or Cromwell
  • Two years
  • Level 4
  • Starts - flexible start
  • Apply anytime - email EngTrades@op.ac.nz

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. Plus, you’ll be able to study for free due to the Government’s Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund. 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 Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering (Level 5)

  • Dunedin or online with block courses
  • One year part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts 27 July or 26 Oct 2020 | 31 Jan, 2 May, 1 August or 31 Oct 2021
  • Apply now

Charge up your knowledge of Electric Vehicles (EV) with this advanced automotive technician programme. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to diagnose and repair faults in battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles and machines.

Bike Mechanics

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)

  • Online with two block courses in Central Otago and work experience
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply Until start date

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 Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

  • Online with two compulsory block courses in Central Otago and work experience
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 4
  • Starts March
  • 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.

Electrical trades

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

  • 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 dates
  • 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.

Mechanical trades short courses

Introduction to MIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • Five weeks; two nights per week
  • Starts 11 August 2020 (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 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
  • Five weeks; two nights per week
  • Starts 10 August 2020 (Monday & Wednesday)
  • 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.

Stonemasonry short course

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts All classes full - email andrea.mckenzie@op.ac.nz to be added to a wait list for 2021
  • 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.