West Coast Trades Academy

Civil Construction and Introduction to Earth Moving Equipment

The West Coast is expecting a surge in civil construction and building projects. Our employers need staff to man the tools and operate the heavy machinery and earth moving equipment.

This is an exciting, hands on project based programme covering the practical skills involved in preparing a building or construction site for excavation, learning compaction and paving.

The course also introduces you to geological knowledge, important site safety and leads to learning about the safe operation of machinery such as diggers, dozers and rollers.

In block course format, 80% of your learning will be on site.

If you are interested in a career in operating construction machinery, building, forestry, mining or general skilled labouring, this is the course for you.

Key details

Credits:Level 2 & 3: 30
Duration:This is a 1 year programme
Timetable:4 week-long block courses over Terms 1, 2 and 3
Starts:February 2024
Ends:November 2024
ProviderTai Poutini Polytechnic

What you will learn:

Employment options:

Further study options:

  • Check out the 2024 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor

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