Otago Polytechnic

 Trades and Pre-trades

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!


  • Automotive

    Get into gear for a career as a mechanic or automotive technician.


  • Carpentry

    Build your career with our carpentry apprenticeship pathway.


  • Mechanical

    Forge a career in mechanical engineering trades with skills in machining, fabrication, welding and more.


  • Electrical

    Does electricity spark your interest? Study with us and get switched on for a career in the electrical engineering trades.


  • Stonemasonry

    Become a stonemason and gain the skills to construct stone features and veneer houses.


  • Bike mechanics

    Learn to assemble and adjust bikes – or diagnose faults, overhaul and rebuild bicycles.



Working in the industry, but don’t have a qualification? We'll assess what you know against existing qualifications and give you academic credit.