Otago Polytechnic

Construction

Construction graduates are in demand in a variety of roles, from producing drawings for construction, constructing or maintaining buildings, or ensuring buildings are built well, safely and within budget.

Starting wages range from $13 to $23 per hour. With experience, salaries vary between $47,000 and $90,000.

Architectural Technology

Prepare for employment as an architectural designer in an established architectural practice or for the further study and research needed to become a Registered Architect. Become equipped with the knowledge and skills in drawing, computer-aided design (CAD), building construction and science to bring your designs to reality. Our new Bachelor of Architectural Studies offers two pathway options - Architectural Technology or Interior Architecture - but all students study core topics initially before beginning to specialise. 

Quantity Surveying
Become equipped with the skills required to become a technician quantity surveyor in professional consultancies and construction companies. Become skilled in quantification, research and pricing of construction and financial administration of construction projects.

Stonemasonry
This qualification is the only full-time programme offered in New Zealand. Learn to veneer houses in stone and build stone features such as paths, walls, fireplaces and water features.

Engineering

Engineering graduates specialise in making our world tick! You could end up repairing vehicles, maintaining electrical and electronic equipment, managing civil construction or designing machinery.

Automotive
Repair, maintain, modify and sell vehicles and vehicle parts. Learn a range of servicing procedures including engineering and welding skills, the skills to diagnose faults, repair light vehicle hydraulic braking systems and much more.

Wages vary, but most automotive graduates earn between $14 and $25 per hour.

Electrical certficate, diploma, or bachelors
Do you want to enter the electrical industry as an apprentice or become a skilled technician? Or perhaps you enjoy planning and problem solving? Take a look at our training options and see what we have to offer. From repairing household appliances through to working on multimillion dollar projects, this industry has a diverse range of options and we can help you to achieve your career goal! 

Electricians and electrical engineers usually earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year. Many electricians are self-employed and their income levels can be much higher.

Civil
Civil engineering graduates are important participants in the design, construction and project management of civil works such as roads, dams, earthquake engineering, tunneling, water and sewerage systems and mining operations.

Salaries vary, but civil engineering graduates usually earn between $45,000 and $100,000 per year, depending on experience and qualifications.

Mechanical
Mechanical engineering involves the design, manufacturing and maintenance of machinery, equipment and tools. Many of our graduates secure employment before they even finish their qualifications.

Salaries vary according to experience, but graduates usually earn between $40,000 and $80,000 per year.

Is a career in Trades and Technical for me?

You’ll enjoy a trades or technical career if you enjoy using technical and practical skills and like to problem solve and think laterally. If you have good hand-eye coordination and an analytical mind, these industries will be an ideal choice.

Capable NZ

Have you been working in the trades and technical  field for years but don’t have a formal qualification? Capable NZ can assess your experience and identify if there are any gaps that can be filled through further study.

Need help?

If you’re having trouble making a decision or just need to talk to someone about your options, our Career Services team can help. 

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to study a Trade or Technical programme? No problem! Check out our bridging options