West Coast Trades Academy

Mechanical Engineering and CAD

If you are interested in the bigger picture and like designing, repairing, building or maintaining machines and tools, then mechanical engineering could be the career for you.

This programme is focused on working with machining, developing fabrication skills, gaining knowledge and skills using hand and power tools. In addition you will learn about welding, working with engineering drawings, applying calculations and measurement in your work as well as working safely in an engineering workshop.

There is a strong demand for people with engineering skills, particularly on the West Coast. Businesses are looking for employees with a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the engineering trade. There are many career options for mechanical engineers for work in areas such as manufacturing, building and construction, aviation, boat building and transport, agriculture and energy. When you have completed your training through the Trades Academy, you can work towards a Level 3 National Certificate or a diploma in engineering.

Key details

Credits:40 to 48
Duration:34 weeks per year, this is a 2 year programme
Timetable:9am - 3pm Friday: Year 1
9am - 3pm Thursday: Year 2
Starts:February 2018
Ends:November 2019
ProviderTai Poutini Polytechnic

What you learn:

Employment Options:

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Note: The status of a fully qualified tradesperson is achieved at the completion of The National Certificate in Engineering (Level 4)

  • Check out the 2018 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor
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